Halloween Night Etcetera Tag with Prima Amber Moon

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily.  Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween

It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!

Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag Amber Moon by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Prima Photo 1After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction.  So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.

Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″.  This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.

Halloween Night Etcetera Tag:  Prepping the Base

If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful.  Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished.  Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.

  • First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
  • Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
  • Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
  • Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
  • Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″.  The rougher the edges, the better!
  • Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
  • Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry.  As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect.  To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
  • Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl

Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.

  • Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
  • Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper.  I used the pattern that looks like marble.
  • Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface.  I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
  • Heat Emboss.  Glue in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
  • Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.  Heat Emboss.  The result is amazing.  I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
  • While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.  Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar.  Set aside to dry.  Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool.  Trust me.
  • Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns

Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.

  • For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard.  Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
  • Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
  • Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
  • Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
  • Heat dry.
  • Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
  • Heat Dry
  • Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
  • Heat Dry
  • Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
  • Back with the prepared paper and trim.
  • I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
  • Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches

To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers.  Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks.  The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.

I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.

Phew!  That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!

Now it’s YOUR  turn!

We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge.  You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link up your very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.

Frilly and Funkie design team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



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14 thoughts on “Halloween Night Etcetera Tag with Prima Amber Moon

  1. stampersuzz

    Oh my goodness there are so many wonderful details! I loved the close ups because every picture I saw more of the wonderful bits you built into this gorgeous piece of art! The texture on the moon and stars is fabulous!

  2. Jenny Marples

    From Harvest to Halloween – oh my you’ve transformed the tag with those papers, all that delicious texture and all the die cuts. Love the hidden owl, those gorgeous flowers and the molten moon in particular. Thank you for sharing xx

  3. Helene Huber

    ooooh Fabulous! I’m working on something for the challenge. I also purchased Amber Moon papers and flowers and love how you “enhanced” the papers!!!!!

  4. soozyb2013

    Thank you for the step by steps in how you did this amazing bit of spookiness, love it. I like everything about it but I can’t make one exactly like it as I don’t have the dies to do it, but the way you did the edges with colour then embossing powders will help me achieve the colour effects at least.
    I do love Halloween Kathy.

  5. Cec

    I could not equate Halloween to frilly or shabby but you sure nailed it on all counts. I love the warm colour palette, the spooky elements and the pretty flowers that all live in perfect harmony.

  6. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh for Heaven’s Sake, Kathy! I just don’t know where to start with this! First, I have to say, I can tell you have a delightful time making this, and I thank you for making such a brilliant project for my challenge! It tickles me green orange and purple! Every single last one of your details is a special project unto itself, and I seriously could go on for hours telling you how much I squealed over every one of them (go ahead with your bad self!). Oh, that bow is DELIGHTFUL as are your stars and oh, my those JACK-0-LANTERNS are the coolest I’ve EVER seen! Yup, I could go on and on! Sending great big old hugs!

  7. Nicole

    Another wonderful project Kathy! This is just stunning with so many fantastic details on your tag!!

  8. junephipps

    Tempted to cross the pond to celebrate the day with you all! You certainly captured the essence of Halloween, amazing Kathy, as always! Stunning creation – love it. TFS
    Blessings from UK

  9. Carol Edwards

    Wow Kathy this was one epic design but most of all the inspiration was wonderful. So many tips to follow it must have taken ages to get all that down. Love how you created the background, the colours are deep. The moon, owl and cat make it complete. Thank you. Thanks x

  10. Julianne

    You got so excited … you could not stand your bad self — hilarious! Thank you for the laugh alongside the gorgeous tag!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hahaha! Yes, Julianne, sometimes that happens! So glad you enjoyed the tag and the joke! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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