Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tim Holtz Toxic Tag

I spent an entire weekend inking up and getting messy on some manila and kraft tags.  This one is my husband's favorite.  I started the projects with a layer of Distress Oxide inks.  I used a couple of purples and black soot to cover the base.  I spritzed with water to create the chalky effect.  I thought it made the perfect spooky background.

The next layer was stenciling with regular Distress ink. I can't remember the brand of the blood and small skull stencils.  I layered some ephemera next.

The next layer was texture paste mixed with Pearl Ex Interference Blue and a large skull stencil.  It didn't color the paste too much.  So for the bats I added some black and platinum to the paste.  Next I sprinkled some black shimmer spray to grunge it up a bit more. Then those eyes!  When I was opening the package my husband saw them and thought they were super cool.  It was his idea to used two different colors.  The package of Tim Holtz eyes don't have any two the same size and same color. There are three sizes in each color.  So if you want pairs by two packs.

I added some black bat die cuts and a silver metallic skull die cut.  The final touch was some ribbon and fibers.  And of course, inking the edges with black ink for a cohesive dark look.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Bat and Skull
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord and Black Soot maybe Seedless Preserves
Distress ink Fired Brick and Black Soot
Tim Holtz Bat stencil
Skull stencils-NBUS
texture paste
 Perfect Pearls and Pearl Ex Interference Blue and various colors in texture paste
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Creepy Eyes. Halloween Ephemera and Snippets-NBUS
black  and metallic paper
manila tag
ribbons and fibers
Shimmer spray ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned I made a few of these lovelies for the season!



  1. What a brilliant Halloween tag design, Alicia! I actually have shivers running down my spine! The detail and dimension are amazing!! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Be safe! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Fabulous spooky tag with all your details! Thank you for joining our Two Old Bats Halloween challenge!
    Diane TOBHC DT {Nellies Nest}

  3. I'm back again with a different 'hat' lol! thank you so much for entering your totally awesome tag into our challenge at The Sisterhood!
    Diane TSH DT {Nellies Nest}

  4. OMG ... this is so cool Alicia! LOL So glad hubby got involved too! And with a great idea to use the purple ... looks awesomely spooky! LOVE the mismatched eyes too LOL!! (Tricky Tim making us buy 2 packs in order to have a matched set! lol)
    Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our *NEW* Two Old Bats Halloween challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back next month. Remember, you can play as many times as you’d like!! If we have 50+ entries, we will give a PRIZE.

    Please stop in for a visit!

    OH and I see you've also shared this awesome tag with us over at The Sisterhood of Crafters! THANKS AGAIN!!!

  5. Spooky tag! Thank you for sharing with us at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge

  6. I do love your inky background; ooooh, Those creepy eyes! This is perfect for our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

  7. Bravo, Alicia, Bravo! This is so full of gorgeous textures and layers, but seriously those creepy eyes are the cherry on top!

    Thanks for joining us at TWO OLD BATS Halloween Challenge!

    -- Dalis

  8. Great and spooky card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  9. Great tag. Love that the different skull effects and all those bats flying about (no thanks to bats in real life). Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.