Hi everyone, it’s Audrey, back on the Ranger Ink Projects Page to share a spooktacular gift wrapping project idea and tutorial for my favorite holiday of all, Halloween. These tags would make a great party favor or hostess gift for your holiday events this year, or would look fabulous tying up those trick-or-treat goody bags, too.
And with just a few simple supplies and a basic combo of Distress Oxide, Ink, or Paint, you can whip up a whole batch of these fun tags in no time. Let’s take a closer look.
Step 1: To begin, die cut medium-sized tags from the Stacked Tags die set from Ranger Letter It black cardstock. Dab both Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink onto a Non-Stick Craft Mat, and spray the inks liberally with water using the Distress Sprayer. Pick up the wet ink mixture with a paintbrush, and flick the inks over the entire area of the tags. Oxide Inks are more opaque than regular Distress Inks, and therefore they work better on darker cardstock, like we’re using today. Allow the tags to dry completely.
Step 2: Trim a 5x7 sheet of Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Press the textured side of the cardstock into the remaining Distress Oxide Ink mixture from Step 1. Allow the paper to dry, and repeat the process as many times as you wish to deepen and darken the color. Let the paper dry completely before moving on.
Step 3: Die cut the ghosts and spider web from the Frightful Things die set from the inked watercolor paper. Use a Distress Detail Blending Tool to apply Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Ink around the edges of all the die cuts. Add a small drop of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to the Craft Sheet and spray it with a bit of water. Use a paintbrush to add droplets and edging detailing of paint to the die cuts. Set them aside to dry completely.
Step 4: Apply very small spots of Ranger Multi-Medium Matte adhesive to the backside of the die cuts, and then adhere them to the tags, allowing portions of the ghosts to extend off the edge of the tags. Trim the edges. Ink the mouth portion of the ghost die cuts with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Adhere the mouth back in place using Multi-Medium Matte.
Step 5: Use a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply Shaded Lilac Distress Ink to the leftover piece of watercolor cardstock. Die cut the letters B and O from the Alphanumeric Labels die set repeatedly, as many times as needed to fill in the spaces around the die cut ghosts and spider webs. *Tip: place all the B’s and O’s from the set face up onto a strip of washi tape to hold them in place while die cutting. Makes it so easy to die cut multiple letters in a very short time.
Step 6: Arrange the letters in the negative spaces on the tags, and adhere them in place with small dots of Multi-Medium Matte. Allow some of the letters to go off the edge of the tags, and then trim the lettering when you are finished.
Step 7: Use a paintbrush to apply thin lines of Multi-Medium Matte adhesive to the spider webs and edges of the tags, and then sprinkle the adhesive with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Set the tags aside to dry.
Step 8: Cut 6” strips of black and white gingham ribbon. Dab Shaded Lilac Distress Ink onto the Craft Sheet, and spray the ink with water. Press the ribbon into the ink mixture, swishing the ribbon around to coat the entire surface with ink. Repeat the process, as desired. Set the ribbon aside to dry.
Step 9: Use the Stacked Tag dies to die cut the hole in the top of the tag. Die cut the hole reinforcer from black cardstock. Adhere the reinforcer to the hole, and then thread the gingham ribbon through the hole. Tie the top of the ribbon with black twine tied into a bow. Trim the ends of the ribbons as needed.
Happy Haunting, friends! Enjoy!