Thursday, August 29, 2019

Most Delicate Tag Friday and Tutorial for A Vintage Journey

Sara Emily Barker  #timholtz #3Dcrackle #batcrazy #halloween Halloween Tag Tutorial 1

Hello and welcome! It's time for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey. This is just a fun feature for the Creative Guides to make a tag using whatever products they wish without any constraints or theme in mind. I hope you will stop over to see all the amazing tags my talented teammates created. But before you head off, I've prepared a simple step by step for you, and following that, some close-up photos to enjoy. 

 Let's get started...

1. Blend Wilted Violet then Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide inks through an old Prima stencil over a black painted wooden tag. While the stencil is still in place spray with Distress Mica Spray. Remove stencil and dry the tag. Sand the edges and apply Hickory Smoke paint to edges.

2. Die cut Ornate Frame from silver Metallic Kraft Stock. Color with Slate alcohol ink, Smolder Alcohol Pearls and a bit of Black Soot paint on edges that will extend beyond the tag.

3. Die cut oval from panel of mixed media paper.  Blend with Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Oxide ink.

4. Emboss oval with Tim Holtz Crackle 3D embossing folder,  colored side facing up, so you are left with a spider web appearance.  Lightly blend the ridges with Black Soot ink. Adhere embossed oval to Ornate Frame and adhere to tag with adhesive foam tape.

5. Die cut bats from Classic Kraft Stock using Bat Crazy Thinlits set. Sand the edges and blend with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink. Make eyes with Stickles. Adhere to oval with collage medium.

6. Dye seam binding ribbon with Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves Oxide and stamp with Ledger Script stamps and Dusty Concord and Hickory Smoke Distress Archival inks.

7.  Color a Halloween Word Token with Black Soot paint, allow to dry a minute and wipe off excess. String with Ideaology Jute String and tie with seam binding to tag.

8. Color a bat charm with Smolder Alcohol pearls and Black Soot paint.

9. Blend a Halloween Clippings sticker with Frayed Burlap ink. Adhere to a bat charm and adhere this to tag with collage medium.

And some close-ups...

Sara Emily Barker  #timholtz #batcrazy  #3Dcrackle #halloween Halloween Tag Tutorial 2

Sara Emily Barker  #timholtz #  #3Dcrackle #halloween Halloween Tag Tutorial 3

Sara Emily Barker  #timholtz #batcrazy  #3Dcrackle #halloween Halloween Tag Tutorial 4

Sara Emily Barker  #timholtz #batcrazy  #3Dcrackle #halloween Halloween Tag Tutorial 5

I really am enjoying Tim Hotlz' newest 3D embossing folder -- Crackle, to make this spooky background. If you would like some other ways to use this folder, you can visit this Saturday Showcase tutorial.

That's all for me! We always love to see your fun tags that you have been creating and invite you to join the party by linking any tag you have made during the month of August. Just visit the blog and add your link! I hope to see you there! Hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday ‘S’ is For SPOOKY!
Country View Challenges August 2019 - Texture
Scrapy Land Challenge #120 Anything Goes  I used 2 Sizzix dies and a 3rd unknown one (oval die cut given to me by a friend)

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Crackle
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Bat Crazy 
Distress Archival Ink  --Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke
Distress Paint -- Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Antique Linen
Distress inks -- Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso
Distress Oxide Pads --Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron, Aged Mahogany, Hickory Smoke
Alcohol inks -- Slate,  Smolder Alcohol Pearls
Halloween Clippings Stickers
Rayon Seam Binding
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jute String


  1. Wow, this is so fabulous, Sara Emily!! I love the textures and the colors!! The crackle looks amazing!! It's the perfect backdrop for the flying bats!! Gorgeous tag, my friend!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Spookylicious! Love those bats emerging from the frame to come and get us - such clever composition to give the 3D-movie effect! They're looking for purple tags over at Tag Tuesday at the moment... so you could definitely join in there too -
    Alison x

  3. A wonderful idea with a great crackle effect Sara, I'm also busy with the crazy bats :-) Happy weekend! Kerstin xx

  4. Delightfully Spooky - love it. Hugs, S@ndy

  5. Beautiful colors, and my goodness, Sara Emily, you are really ROCKING that crackle 3D folder!! And, per usual, fantastic composition and layering! Hope you have a great holiday weekend! xxx Lynn (and ps, wish I lived closer so I could pick up in person some of the lovely house destashing items you're posting on FB, lol!)

  6. A wonderful tag Sara Emily, excellent colour choice too, makes a change from all that orange at Halloween. A lovely composition and I adore what you did with that crackle folder!!

  7. wow, Sara Emily! I never thought to use the words "beautiful" and "bats" together in the same phrase, but this batty tag is beautiful, indeed! I love the subtlety of the cracked background looks like you are seeing the night sky through an old, cracked window. Impressive, my friend!

  8. your tag is fantastic and I know how much you love Halloween from your earlier makes when you entered the challenges at AVJ...I was in such awe xx

    Great background on this tag and I love the broken mirror with the bats flying out of it..fabulous dahling !!

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  9. Love this tag Sara! The 3d crackle embossing looks amazing .. such a wonderful blend of colours. Love the cute little bats and the composition is fabulous!! hugs xx

  10. I'm loving your tag! It's spook-tacular (sorry I couldn't resist 😉). The colours are so beautiful and I love the texture inside the oval frame with the bats - perfect! Happy Tag Friday! Hugs, Jo x

  11. The whole composition is fabulous, I love those bats - spooky and you used the crackle EF brilliantly!! Love! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Ooohh, I love this! That purple is divine!

  13. What a perfect Halloween tag, Sara Emily! I'm playing catch up as I had surgery last week and am behind on my blog visits.

  14. I just love purple and black for Halloween Sara Emily! the graduated sizes of the bats really give the effect that they are flying right off the tag at you! xx

  15. Fabulous halloween inspired creativity , Sara Emily . Those bats are loving their terrific showcasing.
    Hugs x

  16. Amazing! the bold purple is fantastic and contrast with black is fabulous! Barbara

  17. Bats are NOT my thing (shudder), but your tag looks great!!!!


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