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Today I am sharing a Halloween treat. Other than Christmas this is my favorite holiday. I love decorating for it. I love dressing up for it. I also love that my oldest boy celebrates his day of birth of Halloween as well. We get a big celebration every year for his big day.
It is only August but everyone starts about now making projects for Halloween. We have to be prepared, right? Always have to be ahead of the game.
I was finally able to get my hands on the Boo-tastic stamps and dies from Mama Elephant!!! I was so excited when I looked at their website last weekend and saw that they were back in stock. I have literally been a stalker on their site along with Simon Says Stamp just waiting to see anything other then OUT OF STOCK staring back at me. I am a proud stalker when it comes to craft supplies!
I made a tag to hang on my treat bag and I knew I had a couple of techniques in mind I wanted to try.
One of the first ones was a Bokeh stamping technique. You see this a lot in photography but lots of crafters are using in their stamping projects. It's a really cool look. There is a challenge going on over at The Friday Mashup now using this and the design team cards are amazing!!! Please check it out!
I had never tried this before so I used the video tutorial by Dawn at WPlus9 who showed a fabulous way to get this just right. You can find the video here. It ended up being so easy and I love the look!
Eek! I just love how it turned out. I cut out a tag using a die from Pretty Pink Posh and did some water coloring on water color paper. I picked the colors yellow and orange as I knew I would be using candy corn as my treat. With that being said, I will admit that it took a lot of will power to not eat the entire bag. Candy corn = my favorite candy!
After I finished water coloring the tag, I set it aside to let it dry so I could work on coloring my very cute witch. I thought about Copics and decided no as they still scare me a bit. Then I thought about staying with the water color them but quickly decided she was too small and I would totally mess her up. In the end, I went with my colored pencils by Prisma and used Gamsol to blend it all out smoothly. I thought she needed polka dots on her dress so my Signa white gel pen came to the rescue.
The sentiment was stamped in Versafine black ink. I debated on cutting it in to a banner but ended up liking it clean and crisp. After all of that was done, my tag was dry enough for me to try the Bokeh effect. I grabbed my Hero Arts Unicorn white ink, ink dauber, and took a deep breath. Nah, it wasn't really that stressful but I'm always so afraid of messing up when I'm this far along in a project.
I cut out 2 different sized circles using clear acetate with the Lawn Fawn circle stackable dies. These will be my faux stencils. I went back and forth sponging on the white ink with both circles creating a soft effect all over the tag. I hit it will heat tool for a few seconds to allow it to dry and then used just my sponge dauber to make small bold circles all over it. This is the part where I get giddy because something is working. I again hit it with my heat tool because this ink takes FOREVER to dry. I loved how it looked and decided it was time to start adhering everything together.
I finished it up with some black thread behind the sentiment and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. The candy corn was put in clear bags and tied together with black and white twine from We R Memory Keepers. I tied the tag on with a bow and it was all finished.
Now that I've done this one I do think they could easily be mass produced for Halloween. It may take a little longer than others but in the end when they are this cute it shouldn't matter how long it takes ;)
I hope this inspired you to start thinking about the upcoming holidays as they are right around the corner. Kids love treats and they love giving them to friends. As always, the supplies will be linked below.
Have a great day and happy stampin!