17 October 2014

Halloween To Die For at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. Today sees the launch of the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey and our host for this one is the wonderful Anne. Here's the challenge she's set for this fortnight; "Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, I love when the children come to the door, in their costumes, to 'trick or treat'. You do not have to make anything scary (but it would be fun if you did!) but you must use at least one die on your creation and it must be strongly influenced by Tim Holtz. It can be a tag, card, canvas or mixed media piece."


Well that got my creative cogs whirring at an alarming pace as I toyed with the idea of which dies to employ - an ATB, a mini book, oh the possibilities were endless! Then Tim Holtz released the latest 12 Tags of 2014 tutorial/challenge and (with the well timed arrival in the post of some new Distress Spray Stains) I decided to keep it simple and make a die cut laden Halloween card following Tim's techniques and ideas. 


Tags are great for using and layering on cards as well as in their own right, and cutting different sizes and shapes is now so easy with the release of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Framelits 8 piece 'Tag Collection' set. I used Tim's Gothic Layering Stencil with texture paste having masked off the stamped/embossed Mini Blueprints poison bottle. In her latest awesome Halloween matchbox collage tutorial Paula Cheney suggested sticking with a limited colour palette when you are combining lots of elements and I took that on board here, spritzing the tag with a simple mix of Dusty Concord, Antique Linen and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stains.


Tim painted a pumpkin for his tag. I went a little larger and stamped/painted the chemistry set from The Chemist stamps set on the slightly smaller tag, using Glossy Accents to add some extra detail. Spraying the tag initially with the Antique Linen Spray Stain gave it a great mottled look and by masking the bottles I was able to add some 'equation' stamping too.


And so to the finishing touches; as well as Alpha Tiles to spell out the word poison and some matching Tissue Tape, I die cut a mini tag to apply the 'beware' Chit Chat sticker, used the matching die for the Simple Saying, and covered the die cut skull and crossbones with Distress Glitter.


So there you have it, plenty of die cuts, lots of Tim techniques and a touch of Paula styling.

I hope you will join in with the 'Halloween To Die For' challenge over at A Vintage Journey and urge you to go over there to see what my fellow Creative Guides have created. So many of the Guides have joined in with this challenge that you'll be spoiled for choice! And there's good reason to join in the fun yourselves - the challenge runs for two weeks and then a winner will be chosen by the team. The winner will receive a £10 shopping voucher from our host Country View Crafts. The team will also be choosing three blog badge winners, our 'Pinworthies'.

I'm back again tomorrow with the regular Saturday IndigoBlu post and if you are in Brownhills,Walsall I'll be demoing at Back to Craft and would love to see you there. For now take care of yourselves, Jenny x


Find all the products featured in this project from our challenge sponsor, Country View Crafts.

38 comments:

  1. Stunning card Jenny!! Love the embossed tag and the chemistry set came up a treat!! Awesome colour and some wonderful techniques!! Absolutely love this!! ox

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  2. You are the master of wonderful layering Jenny - so artfully done - love the clear embossing and staining on the apothecary bottles - the glittery skull - the lovely embossings and game letters - a perfectly spooky composition!!

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  3. Great piece Jenny! Love the colouring and gothic stencil. Wonderful texture and really like all those bottles on side. Kaen.x

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  4. I see that those cogs were working overtime, hope you didn't have little puffs of smoke coming from you ears. Your project is just wonderful and any energy spent was well rewarded.

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  5. Drool!!!! You can poison me anytime. Love it. Cannot wait to play. Im dying to get cutting.

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  6. Gorgeous! Love the colors, great design.

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  7. fabulous make Jenny and great take on this month's tag...however did we live without the fabulous spray stains...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  8. You really did work those cogs Jenny, this is a most fabulous creation! I love your use of the Chemist stamp set, the Gothic stencil and all those wonderful dies. You are a creative Genius when it comes to layering - I love this!! Anne xx

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  9. Oooh this is lovely I love Halloween too - am hoping to finally take part in tims challenge too this month but still haven't managed to get my inks and stamps out for a while - its all wool and fabric here! Enjoy your demo tomorrow.

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  10. Wonderful card Jenny, great textures and layers to combine into a fantastic composition, love it!!

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  11. A stunning card Jenny (as always!) The layering is wonderful and the colour combinations just stunning. And as usual so many wonderful techniques! Have a lovely weekend x

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  12. A stunning soft vintage palette on your card Jenny and you have managed to cram in so much detail with different textures. Love this.
    Julie x

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  13. I do love your take on this challenge! The texture on the tag from the Gothic stencil is stunning! Love the skull and crossbones and all the spooky elements! Happy Weekend!

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  14. Love the layers, it looks so interesting with so many different textures. Inspirational! Thanks, jan

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  15. Oooh, loving your card Jenny. Love the potions on the side and a touch of glittery gold. Fabulous Halloween make! xx

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  16. Fantastic card you made and great layering and Halloween theme! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  17. Beautiful tag card, so many fabulous details
    Amazing colours, I just love the various purple tones with the vintage golds and blacks topped with the spooky sparkly skull!

    Jools x

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  18. Love the card Jenny, great texture and details.
    Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela x

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  19. Fantastic card with the wonderful layers and textures

    Chrissie x

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  20. Love the card the colours are beautiful I always love lots of texture which this card has got in abundance! Thank you for your lovely comment on my halloween book on my blog. Dee x

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  21. Wow Jenny, so many fabulous details...textures and colours perfectly match together... You never cease to amaze me!
    Hugs

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  22. Layered goodness!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The theme, the tags, the stamps, the die...all wonderful Jenny!

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  23. Wonderful!
    I like the fact that you glittered the skull, brings a lovely elegance to the skull design.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. An amazing collaged piece. Not many people can achieve the layered look as well as you Jenny. In fact you are the queen of layering.

    Love popping here for a mooch.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  25. Just wonderful, loving the glittered skull. Wonderful card. Ruth x

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  26. Wonderful details and techniques incorporated in this Spooktacular card Jenny.......you have such a great imagination to interpret Tim's techniques in your own way.

    TFS and best Wishes

    Annie xx

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  27. Sheer delight Jenny, such wonderful layers and elements, they all fit together perfectly xxx

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  28. A beautifully composed card as ever!! Great neutral colour scheme and great layers. Elaine x

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  29. What a wonderful card, Jenny!! LOVE all of the fun details you've showcased!! Love your colors and spritz of the new Antique Linen Spray Stain--I love those lighter spots of color!! Thanks for a GREAT AVJ inspiration piece, Jenny!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  30. That's a fantastic piece of art, great texture.

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  31. Fabulous Jenny - such an amazing combination or elements and stunning composition. Nikki xx

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  32. Jenny your colors and textures are awesome! I love the bottles coming out the side of the tag, too. Super combination!

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  33. Another stunner Jenny! Love all the texture and Halloween goodness! The shimmery skull and cross bones looks amazing!

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  34. Great card love the layering and textures
    MaggieH

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  35. Stunning card Jenny so much texture - brilliant design work

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  36. Just amazing! So many wonderful elements, I just love the damask panel, wow! The glittery skull is wonderful and the glossy accents is such a great touch! Fantastic Jenny! hugs :)

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  37. Jenny-Just a sight for sore eyes--the color palette is just perfect and your composition outstanding. No one can layer a card like you do!

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  38. Oh wow Jenny! Been digging around for Halloween inspiration and came across this, caught my eye! Love it!! x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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