It took me a second, but almost right away when I was figuring out how to use this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, I knew I wanted to make a wall hanging.
I wanted to make something for this week's challenge at the Shabby Tea Room, which was to create something "Vintage Halloween". My bathroom is looking a little less than spooky - it's lacking something, and I figured that it was up to me to fix that, since I haven't seen anything in the stores that I like enough!
I started with an orange base, which I stamped with PTI's Finest Flourishes (LOVING this set), using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Then I used Walnut Stain to add the "Trick or Treat" from WMS' Halloween Party. I used the spider from the same set, and stamped it using my new Versa Fine in Onyx. LOVING this ink, and highly recommend it as a black staple! I used the Walnut Stain ink to sponge the edges of the paper, to make it look a bit older. I then used this fantastic new shimmer spray I just got, to give it some subtle shimmer. It reacted with the distress inks, and caused some distortion which was a happy surprise - it added to the vintage appeal!
Can I just say how much I LOVE this coarse glitter from Martha Stewart? I was turned on to it from Jennifer Holmes' blog in this post, and then loved what she did with it here, and here. Here's how I made my tag:
I cut out my Labels 3 nesties, then stamped it with the coordinating border from Very Vintage Labels 3 (WMS). I then stamped my sentiment from Halloween Party, because the the font and the verse itself really reminded me of something you'd see on a vintage halloween poster. Then I used the small pumpkins from the same set, stamped in my Marmalade ink, then did the rock-n-roll technique into the Walnut stain. I then stamped the stems in Walnut Stain. The pumpkins fit perfectly with this week's inspiration picture over at Cupcake Inspirations. Finally, after distressing the edges with Antique Linen ink, I rubbed the entire image with a glue stick, and poured the glitter right over top of everything. I glittered the mat the same way!
I added some spiderweb organza ribbon (can you believe I found this at the dollar store?!), finished with a knot that included some major bling (I love the smokey colour of this giant rhinestone), and a little tag that includes "Boo" from Halloween Party.
I finished my hanging off with some eyelets in each top corner that I threaded my black satin ribbon through.
I love the Vintage appeal of this little project, and can't wait to hang it up in the powder room! As it worked out, this wall hanging will fit into a few challenges for me; Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, The Shabby Tea Room Vintage Halloween Challenge, and the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge! Now that's multi-tasking...