Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Sara Emily Barker Halloween Etcetera Tag 1

Hello, and welcome! It's time for our latest challenge at The Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog, and this time our hostess is the talented Ginny!  She titles her challenge 'Terrific Tags', and here's what she says:

Add it to a gift, label a homemade tasty treat, or display it with your favorite home decor, tags are not only fun to create they also have a million uses.  For this challenge create a tag that's big or small, mixed media or layered, or added to a project as a fabulous focal point. I can't wait to see your creations!

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

For Ginny's challenge, I decided to make a piece of Halloween decor.  I chose a  Small Etcetera Tag and adhered Tim Holtz' new Abandoned Paper Stash with Distress Collage Medium Matte. I sanded the edges and blended with Twisted Citron Oxide.

The frame is an Ideaology Baseboard Frame, and I've linked to the new Halloween Layers & Baseboard Frames in the products list below. I mixed Prima Mini Art Stones with collage medium and smeared it randomly on the frame. I painted the frame with Black Soot Distress paint and followed this with another layer of collage medium to seal it. When it was dry to touch, I sprayed with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Spray.

I constructed the backing to the frame from chipboard and covered it with Ideaology Halloween collage paper from last year. To tie it in with the rest of the tag, I colored with Hickory Smoke and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide.

The number plaque is colored with Black Soot paint, Twisted Citron Oxide spray and Smolder Alcohol Pearls. The Hardware Heads also got a dab of Smolder.  Halloween Quote Chips were colored with Twisted Citron crayon. These are last year's chips, but I've linked to the new ones below. The new ones have extra room to attach with brads or those wonderful Hardware Heads and there's lots of new quotes, too.

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Inside the frame I colored a Heavystock panel with Hickory Smoke and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide. I colored baubles with Twisted Citron Oxide Spray and Smolder Alcohol Pearls. Skeleton Hand charms from the shop are colored with Picket Fence paint.

The Cauldron die cut is the one I made for this Saturday Showcase where I show a few ideas for using your 3D Crackle Texture Fade. You can find directions on how I made this there. I cut a second cauldron from sanded Metallic kraft stock and blended the edges with Ground Espresso. I adhered the top and sides of the textured cauldron to form a pocket to stick the hands in.  I tucked in some dyed cheesecloth I had on my work top and mixed up a little extra goo and applied it to the Quote Chip, the frame and to the skeleton hands.

Below are some close up photos to show the detail.

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The photo below shows just how thick these layers ended up. I used waste cardboard to elevate the pieces off the tag.

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That's all for me; now hop on over to the blog to see all the Terrific Tags my talented teammates have made to inspire you! Then it's over to you;  I can't wait to see what you will make! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

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The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Oh my gosh, this is amazing!! That cauldron is spectacular!! I love the texture and dimension and all of the green goo that gives it such a creepy feel!! The skeleton hands are such a perfect touch!! This is so spooky and fabulous, my friend!! I love it!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. This is a mighty cool tag! I love the use of the cauldron and those hands are Spooktacular! You’ve inspired me to make a tag Sara Emily! Thanks for sharing xx

  3. Awesome tag, Sara Emily!!! The yellow and the black look great together!!! I love the texture of your cauldron!!! Big hugs

  4. AWESOME tag! Love the 3D Crackle Fade!

  5. What a magnificent spooky tag Sara Emily! Oh my goodness making those hands poke out of your dimensional cauldron and those pearlised bubbles are so clever x

  6. Ooh, the mistress of the spooktacular is back in action! What an eerie spectacle you've created on this tag... from the pearly bubbles of toxic vapour to the textured exterior of the cauldron with the icky liquid dripping around the edges, not to mention all that amazing dimensional layering... this really is a "terrific tag"! Love the spooky shot in the dark too where the glowing green goo really comes into its own!
    Alison x

  7. I love your Halloween tag with that awesome cauldron, very spooky!! Especially love the neon green glow!

  8. Love, love, love this gorgeous creation Sara (I want to make goo just like yours for my current project!!), the colours look amazing and your cauldron is just out of this world brilliant! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Okay that tag is funny, spooky and oh so wonderful! I loved the sentiment you put on it! The details are just too cool, the bit of green goopy stuff dripping over the edge, the textured cauldron, the hands and pearls representing bubbles... All fantastic!

  10. A fantastic texture-rich tag. Great colour contrasts and spooky details.
    Thank you for joining in with our September challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  11. This is so cool Sara! I love how you spooked up this tag! The colours are perfect of course, and I love the goo oozing up around the Toxique label and the cauldron looks amazing!! The little skeleton hands coming up out of the cauldron is the icing on the cake! Totally awesome creation! You definintely are the Queen of Halloween Decor! hugs xx

  12. What a wonderful Halloween inspired tag, love your colour combi and your very special 'Toxique' label, it looks like it's really been eaten away by acid.

  13. I know this is your favorite crafting holiday, Sara Emily, and it really shows on this booj-tiful tag! So many wonderful techniques in one small space! The colors are gloriously ghoulish! xo

  14. How creepy is that! Amazing and out of this world design Sara, I am stunned!

  15. Well what can I say but what a fab tag.. those pearls work fabulously as toxic bubbles. Love how those skelly hand reach out from the cauldron, I can not believe that Halloween will soon be here again. Where has the past 12 months gone..?
    Sending light & hugs your way Tracey xx
    P.S Looking forward to getting some creative down time soon to be able to come and play along with you all xx

  16. Wonderful tag and so spooky. You do Halloween so well and this tag is a perfect example with the texture and colour and hands coming out of a cauldron. Remind me not to make you angry - LOL.

  17. Terrific indeed! It seems one can stick one's hand to this ugly poison... Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge!

  18. Super cool, grungy and makes me think of "bubble, bubble, toil and trouble from MacBeth...he he he...awesome work! ;-)

  19. Squeal!!!...and Squeal again! You are a genius Sarah Emily!! Chrisxx


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