Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday StepXStep - Haunted

Terry here to bring you this week's Saturday "StepxStep" and I am still in the Halloween spirit as you can see!  I have been playing quite a bit with the new Metallic Stains and I just love them and especially with Rocky Candy Crackle!  OK, so here we go!

I first started with a GIANT black tag, did a score line at 2 inches from the bottom.  Cut the grunge paper 2 x 5 1/2 inches (what little hangs over will be trimmed at the end).  Both the tag edge and grunge paper are now ready to be cut using the "Graveyard" on the edge.  I will tape done my paper pieces to assure no movement and I also like to place a piece of waxed paper between the die and item I am cutting.  This assures easy lift off!!!

Next step is to apply the Rocky Candy Crackle to the grunge paper and I like to also add a few globs for a more ghostly effect.  Let dry and then begin the staining.  I used all three colors of the Metallic Stains for variation.  To keep colors separate, you can use a piece of paper and wedge it between the areas.  When all the tombstones are covered in color, I then stain the lower edge with Vintage Photo stain and will work that up into the tombstones to blend. 

Next I cut the trim and  randomly applied the Metallic Stains leaving some black areas to show through.   Once dried I applied two coats of clear embossing ink and powder.  The bottle was painted with Rock Candy Crackle and inked over with the Metallic Stains.  I added Black Soot Alcohol Ink to color the inside.  The bottle was covered with Clear Embossing Ink and Powder.  Stamped the label with Black Archival and clear embossed.  My grunge Umbrella Guy was colored with Distress Markers (Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Black, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain), the Cat was inked with Black Soot stain.

For the brick pathway, I ran a white craft ink pad over the grout areas (as I wanted this recessed) and embossed on black card stock, applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  The next step was to swipe the clear embossing ink pad over the raised brick areas and then I applied a mix of Vintage Photo and Fired Brick Distress Embossing powder, heat set and then rubbed off the excess. 

For the tag background, I did some clear embossing before and after doing the inky background.  This just depends on what you want to show through more.  I wanted the skulls to be very faint, so I clear embossed after inking.  For the inking background, I applied the three Metallic Stains to my craft sheet and applied to the background with a wet paint brush.  I sprayed some water over the tag and blended with the wet brush.  You can keep doing this to your liking!  My background came out a little more striped then I preferred, but did not actually notice that until I was all finished!!  Once that was all done and dried, I placed the tag between plain newsprint and removed with a heated iron (no steam). 

The final step was to put this all together.  Love those loose bones!!  Thank you so much for visiting us today and have a wonderful and hopefully crafty weekend!



  1. Hi Terry thanks for sharing your fun tag. Love the brick background and the way you have introduced the umbrella man. Love it x Happy Halloween to you all at F&F

    Hugs Annie x

  2. Wonderful tutorial Terry! The gravestones are incredible with the "shadowy" backdrop and the brick walk looks amazing. Thank you so much!

  3. This is just so cool, Terry! I love all the distressing/grunging techniques you used - especially the bottle and the graves! Seriously wonderful StepXStep with a wonderful piece of art as the outcome!


  4. Wow - such a cool step-by-step Terry - so many fabulous techniques! Thanks so much for all that detailed info and pictures too...
    Alison x

  5. Really a great tag Terry and thanks for showing us how you made it.

    Greetings Janny

  6. Awesome tag Terry, thanks for the tutorial and great techniques!!
    Crafty Hugs,

  7. Wonderful textures, colours and embellishments!!!! Awesome!

    die amelie xx

  8. Fabulous StepxStep Terry ! Love how you've used the Metallic Distress stains and the graveyard on the edge ! Sue C x

  9. Terry! This is sooooo cool... one of my favorites of all you've shown us. I love the way you did the brick pathway and how you've colored Umbrella Man. Fantastic tag and tute!