The Witching Hour

Hello friends and welcome back! I want to thank all of you who stopped by to check out my last post! Today I'm back with another Halloween Mixed Media project, because's that time of the year! At least for me anyway! I recently got my hands on some of the new Tim Holtz Halloween Idea-ology and I couldn't help but grab the paper doll witches and use them as the focal point for this Halloween project. The day after I got the new goodies, I went to a friend's house for a crafty weekend and created this project. I'm excited that I've finally found the time to share it with you. This project is a Halloween themed Etcetera Tag called The Witching Hour!

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products by Sizzix, Stampers Anonymous, Idea-ology and Ranger Ink

Small Etcetera Tag Base

To get started, I used a Small Etcetera Tag as my base. I covered it with a piece of paper from the 8x8 Paper Stash Abandoned. I lined up the paper with the top of the tag and trimmed off the excess. Because the paper is smaller than the tag, I used a scrap from what I trimmed off the top and adhered it to the bottom of the tag. Later on when I added the shelf, I was able to cover up the seam. This paper is already so wonderfully distressed, but I did ink the edges a bit and then added some Crackle Paste to grunge it up a little more. Once the paste was dry, I inked over it with some Distress Ink.

One thing I wanted to share with you that I've learned after working with a couple of these tags, is that it really helps to cover the backside of the tag with paper too. My first two tags warped quite a bit from all the stuff on the front side, so I decided to see what would happen if I put some paper on the back side of this tag. I had absolutely no warping, so I will definitely be using that trick on future projects. For this one, I used a piece of paper from one of the past Halloween Paper Pads. In my mind it was a great way to use up some of my stash too!

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products

Metal Adornments & Findings

Before I continue on, let me share about the metal pieces on this project. This includes the following: Metal Gate, bat from the Halloween Adornments, small Pocket Watch, metal spiders, chain (which was from my friends stash), keys and Vintage Clip. With all of these, I painted them first with Collage Medium using my finger. Once this was dry, I used either my finger or a bit of paper towel to dab on Distress Paint in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Walnut Stain and a tiny bit of Rusty Hinge. I still find this to be trial and error, but if you just keep adding paint, let it dry and add some more it will build up the layers and eventually it starts to take on a nice grungy look!

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products

Lace Baseboard Frame

Next I began working on the Lace Baseboard Frame. I sprayed it with some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Spray and some water to give the frame an aged look. I then backed it with a piece of Halloween Worn Wallpaper. I felt like it still needed something, so I grabbed the Falling Stars Stencil, placed it on top of the frame and inked over it with Ranger Embossing Ink. I then removed the stencil and sprinkled it with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder and heat set it with a heat gun. Now the frame was making me happy!

Paper Doll Witches

The Baseboard Frame was of course created to frame those awesome paper doll witches. I hate to admit this, but this is my first time to make something using the paper dolls and I'm afraid I'm now a bit addicted to them! I added some color to it using a finger dauber and Distress Oxide Ink. I tried several other methods of adding color, including a technique Paula Cheney shared that uses Distress Crayons. I however, found this option to be the easiest for me.

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products

Etcetera Scallop Trims Shelf

Below the frame, I created a shelf using one of the Etcetera Scallop Trims. I painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint and adhered it to the Tag. I then added some Crackle Paste and then inked over it once the paste was dry. 

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products

Next, I began gathering the items I wanted to sit on the shelf. They of course, needed to fit the witch theme, so I grabbed a Broomstick, skull, pumpkin and a mix of Corked and Apothecary Vials. I also made a set of keys using a jump ring and some of the small keys from the Keys Adornments. For everything, except the keys, I used similar techniques to distress them as I did on The Witches' Kitchen project I recently shared. Feel free to jump over there to check that out. 

Once I had all the metal pieces and the shelf items ready to go, I adhered them to the shelf, along with a piece of inked cheesecloth. Tim makes Mummy Cloth which looks very similar. I can't speak to the differences between these since I don't have any Mummy Cloth, but I have tons of cheesecloth on hand and sometimes you just have to make do with what you do have on hand.

The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Tag featuring Tim Holtz Halloween products

The final touch on this project was the addition of the swirl green die cut from the Sizzix Thinlits Twisted Edge. I cut it from watercolor paper and then inked it with a combination of Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning more about how I created The Witching Hour Halloween Mixed Media Project.


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