Good Morning, friends! I wanted to get this October tag posted before time passed me by, and the month was over! I started making these calendar tags a few months ago using products from Crafty Secrets. For my October tag, I decided to play with the adorable Costume Cuties digital stamp set. I’ve always loved these images, but now that I can size them exactly how I want them, well…I’m in love! What do you think?
I used a standard manila tag from Ranger and inked it up with fall Distress Ink. I heat dried it…and here’s the really cool part…I printed the spooky trees right onto my tag. To do this, I created a document in Word that matched the dimensions of my tag. Then I copied and pasted the tree into that document. I printed the tree out onto plain printer paper first, then I taped my inked tag over the printer paper image and ran it through the printer again. I did it this way so that I could get the tree placement exactly where I wanted it. And it worked perfectly! Hurrah!
I used this same template to size the other images for my tag so that everything would be properly sized and everything would look more or less to scale. It is so easy to build a scene using this technique. Once I was happy with the size of the images, I just printed them out onto smooth white cardstock that would be good for coloring.
I love, love, love this moon! I colored it in with alcohol markers and then added a little bit of Diamond Stickles around the eyes. It’s popped up on foam tape to add a little dimension to the scene. I did hit this area of the tag with some Picket Fence Distress Stain before laying the moon down. I wanted to create a slight glow around the moon. The little owl was also colored and fussy cut. I used my craft knife to create a small slit in the branch so that I could perch him there realistically.
I colored the images in with my Prismacolor pencils and then accented with various Stickles. As you can see, I also added Stickles to the tree trunk and branches so that they would glow in the moonlight.
This is my favorite element on this card. I love this dancing couple. Coloring them was a blast! The legs are glued down to the tag, but their upper bodies are popped up on foam tape. And, do you see the little kitty who came to the party? So cute!
I added a little paper tape to the bottom of the tag, just to ground the images and then went to work on the calendar. This calendar is a free download on the Crafty Secrets blog. If you don’t subscribe, you really should. Not only does Sandy share lots of great ideas and peeks at what’s new, she is also very generous with free downloads of gorgeous vintage images.
I simply printed out the calendar, inked it up and matted it with complimentary papers. I cut a slit in the tree trunk so I could slip it in there and then glued it down on the back. I added the little jack-o-lanterns and the tag was nearly finished. A little strip of washi tape was inked and added just above the dancers, and I hand wrote “Dancing in the Moonlight” with a black Sharpie pen . I backed the tag with a piece of Dusty Durango cardstock to cover up my inky mess on the reverse side. The ribbon topper is a combination of some specialty yarn that I found at a yard sale last fall. The colors were perfect for the tag. I tied them off with this black yarn.
Here’s one last look at the completed tag. (You can always tell when I am especially pleased with a project, because I share a LOT of pictures!) Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger view.
So what about you? Do you dress up for Halloween? Throw a party? Get in on the fun? I usually just stay home and hand out candy. I love seeing the little kids come to the door and try to guess who they are as I pass out the goodies. I hope you were inspired by my Dancing in the Moonlight October tag. I know I had a lot of fun making it. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for all your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,