Hello blog friends, and thank you for stopping by! Those fiendish folk at Haunted Design House have challenged us to make something with a Stephen King theme, and as you probably know, there's a lot to choose from. After much thought, I've based my tag on The Shining.
I haven't seen the film; but I remember very vividly where and when I first read the book. I'd been to York on a British Rail day trip. It was a long journey back to South Wales so I wanted something to read. A friend had recommended The Shining, so I bought a copy, and then read most of it on the journey home, scaring myself silly in the process.
Stephen King was inspired to write the book after a visit to the Stanley Hotel, which is reputedly haunted. For my tag, I've used a Clarity stamp to represent the hotel. (It's actually a castle). I wanted a silhouette so I stamped it and then went over it with a black marker and blended in some Black Soot Distress ink some way down the tag. For the upper part of the tag, I brushed on some Fired Brick with my Inkylicious Colour Dusters and added some Aged Mahogany and Barn Door around the edges. I typed "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" repeated over and over and printed it out, trimmed it to fit the tag and distressed it by crumpling it, tearing it, and blending DI's in Tea Dye and Walnut Stain all over it.
I used a Docrafts Chronology key and a Tim Holtz enamelled tag to represent the key of the haunted Room 217, and coloured a white trainer lace with Distress Stains (Crushed Olive and Tea Dye) to look like a fire hose, with a bit of gold card around the end to look like the nozzle. (In the book Danny, the little boy, is chased by a fire hose ) I had a bit left over so I tied it onto the tag.
And there you have it! I do hope you like it.