Challenge: Treats… or tricks?


This week the challenge is “treats”… but instead I decided to play with stencils, texture, and crafty tricks! Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here. What will you feature? We can’t wait to see!

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To start with, I embossed a manila tag with a tree embossing folder. Then I layered on lots of brown and blacks, and I used two different stencils (with ink) in my layers. Once finished only tiny bits of these inks can even be seen. This is one of my favorite tricks because it adds a layer of color and depth to the background without being a super clear element.

My final stencil layer is texture paste + rusty hinge distress spray. MORE coming on these sprays – I can’t get enough of them! I adore using paste + color to add even more texture to a piece like this.


I also sprayed my ribbon, rubbed some spray on the word stickers and finished everything off with more black ink. The thread is just a wad of black thread that was on the studio floor from a  project – why waste it? I love making a good messy thread nest on a project like this.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my tricky tag – Halloween is coming and I couldn’t be more delighted!

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14 thoughts on “Challenge: Treats… or tricks?”

  1. Oh, wow, this tag is stunning. The ink work is fantastic. I’d love to see a video. Brilliant, May. Looking forward to a review of the sprays. Michelle t

  2. I like very much the way you made this tag. I want to save this example and duplicate your technique in another season tag. Thanks. This looks really good.

  3. Well done, May! I really love the hazy haunted vibe you created. I could almost feel the fog rolling in! You are always so talented at such a variety of techniques. I really enjoyed this piece!

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