This tag was made a year ago based on Tim Holtz’s October Tag of 2012.

(The above link will bring you to details of how the tag was made and a video on how to make the little spider. Per usual, you can click on any of the photos for a larger view.)


Instead of leaving it all lonely and ignored on my sewing room wall, I decided to add it to a 6″ x 8″ Burlap Panel to make more of a home dec item.


You might recognize the tree stencil from the Halloween card I created last week. This time I used metallic gold embossing paste, kinda smudging & smearing the edges to soften and blend them in.  Once the paste was dry I darkened the trees a bit by  rubbing  some black enamel accents into the crevices and wiping the excess off the gold paste with a damp rag.


Here’s my workdesk in the midst of the process.


After adding the papers, including some Sketchbook Tissue Tape, I smeared on Distress inks, including Dusty ConcordSpiced Marmalade and Wild Honey.  The whole canvas was then sealed with Matte Multi Medium to keep the inks from running if it gets damp while in storage.


So that’s what’s in my desk this week.  If you’d like to see what other creative folks are up to, be sure to check out What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia’s.  You’ll find yourself inspired!

Happy creating. 🙂

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39 thoughts on “WOYWW – Halloween Canvas

  1. Well hello! I just had to visit number one, because I’m never linked up this early myself. What a wonderful idea, making it a decor item. The gorgeous layers just make this a keepsake art piece. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #3

    1. Yeah, I try not to get too creepy with Halloween, but love the combo of orange & purple and some of the fun details. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Congrats on #1 this week! I’m popping over to your link to find out how you made the little spider. I made spiders last week…tarantula size. :0 Love the canvas by the way! It looks like burlap. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #8

  3. I love that your fabulous tag has now become a sensational Halloween canvas! What fun! Love the gorgeous fibers and awesome textures!

    Lynn #19

  4. Love the tag., especially what you have done with that die, which I have and you have given me ideas…great idea to turn it into a home decor item. Happy WOYWW. Cx #32

  5. Fantastic idea for re-loving a Tim tag. Got to check out that spider tutorial – he looks great. Love your treatment on the canvas it works brilliantly with the tag. Have a great week. MMx #47

  6. I love that piece of artwork, all the combinations work so well together. Look at that dinky little bottle 🙂
    Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is sooo gorgeous! I love the way you adapted that die of the little houses and the colours and textures are terrific! This is the most beautiful eye candy I think I’ve ever seen: I love it! I have to admit I’m not a fan of Halloween creations usually, but this has totally won me over! Thank you so much for sharing. What a wonderful start to a WOYWW day! Julie Ann xx #56

  8. Hi there, Sandy, congrats on being up early and making the #1 spot 🙂 What a clever idea to make something more of that fabulous tag – that spider is too convincing for comfort :)) Thanks for sharing. Have a happy WOYWW. Elizabeth x #49

  9. Awesome tag but even a better idea it was to mount it onto the canvas, it looks spectacular from here. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 20

  10. Oh wow, that’s fabulous! I love the texture that the burlap gives it combined with the glitter especially – yummy stuff! Thanks for sharing, you make me want to go and play!
    Kate #51

  11. Wow, that’s great! I LOVE the colors. Are you going to put it up as a Halloween decoration? Do you have trick-or-treaters in your area?

    1. It is already up as a Halloween decoration. We don’t get many trick-or-treaters any more. I think we got eight last year. Gary keeps making noises about turning off the lights, but I like to see even the few little kids in their costumes. You?

  12. Wow, great way to make something useable of a tag and a lovely finish, how come your desk is still tidy…lids on pots and no sign of smudged counter top…what am I doing wrong?!!!

    1. It’s an obsessive thing, Julia. I get worried about inks or paints drying out if I don’t put the lids back on the very second I’m done with them. You’re probably just a lot more relaxed, lol.

  13. Sandy this is how I like to wake up..seeing an amazing post that inspires me to roll up my sleeves and do some craftin’!! I am totally going to turn one of my old craft pieces into a home decor item.

    I really love the fall colors and that canvas of yours would look fabulous hanging in my craft room.

    Thank you so much for sharing and the visit earlier!

    Belinda (11)

  14. Your Hallowe’en tag was brilliant anyway, but set against the canvas it looks even better – what I brilliant idea … I have a drawer full of tags I don’t know what to do with and now the cogs are turning ….. thanks for thie inspiration! :o) Annie #71

  15. Hi Sandy – I am a bit slow at WOYWW – but it gave me the opportunity to see the repairs project on your friends quilt – what a fabulous job you have done to such a precious keepsake – and such a fabulous friend to invest that time and care – hugs – oh and your Halloween picture looks amazing – Hugs Happy WOYWW Mxx #33

  16. Love the tag but really love your embellished dress yoke! So pretty. DD likes it too 🙂
    I am determined to get some visits in before tomorrow!

    Happy (late AGAIN!) WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (35)

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