Happy October! The leaves here have all turned yellow and red. The height of the aspen changing is finished and the furnace has started to come on when we get those cooler mornings. As we head toward Halloween, the tag for this month’s Tim Holtz Tech Remix Challenge involves using the Distress Collage Medium (Crazing) and the Sizzix Mask Thinlits. I really liked working with the crazing collage medium – its texture and effect are pretty fun to work with especially with the Distress Crayons. I chose the Zombie Thinlit for this month’s tag. And, as zombies love to eat brains, I figured I would go with it!
I started off with creating my mask first and, for some reason, decided my zombie was going to be a bit on the hipster side. I used the cheese cloth dyed with Hickory Smoke Ink to create a neck bandage/ruffle shirt for my zombie complete with the brad as a button for it! I added some red acrylic paint for the “bleeding wound” effect on his neck. I also added the metallic red paint on the wound at the top of his forehead and then used the crazing medium to give it some crackle effect. I brushed over the wound lightly with the Picket Fence Distress Crayon. And, because my zombie is a hipster I added the lip piercing and nose piercing.
For the background I veered away from using primarily ephemera. Instead I collaged pieces from the Materialize paper stash and then layered some of the smaller ephemera warning sings (i.e. poison, toxique, etc.) over it. I also added the vial label for “eat brains for breakfast, lunch & dinner). Once the crazing appeared and the tag was dry, I rubbed in Picket Fence Distress Crayon and followed it up in areas with the Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon. In some areas it looks like dust or small cobwebs which gives it a bit of an added distressed Halloween effect. Out came the splatter brush for the splatters. I then finished off my tag with the bloodied silverware and spiders. In the end I was glad that I went with a less busy background as my zombie doesn’t get lost.
I hope you enjoy my Halloween hipster zombie! As always, thank you for visiting my blog and I hope everyone has a safe, happy Halloween and/or autumn!