Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Devilish Charm Tags

Rooting through my box of chipboard, these little tag/charms just sort of threw themselves together.

Devilish Charm Tags - Nichola Battilana

I had a short struggle with what to put inside... lovelorn vintage ladies? saintly images? weird snips from Hieronymus Bosch paintings? In the end I decided that some vintage devils were just the thing.

Devilish Charm Tag - Nichola Battilana

The winged pieces contain vintage photos of people costumed in devilish attire.

Devilish Charm Tag - Nichola Battilana

Ok, these guys are actually circus performers, but we'll pretend we don't know that...

A couple of the pieces include these great White Turquoise Skull Beads.

Devilish Charm Tag - Nichola Battilana

I sort of love this photo of a fairy, and devil costumed together. While at first it may seems a silly to pair them, I think it's perfect.

What most people think of when they hear 'Devil' (the horns, the cloven feet) is a bastardisation of the god Pan. Pan, the free and wild god of nature. Heck, in some versions of Pan's mythology his mother is a wood nymph! And just like fairies and nature spirits, he is not entirely 'good' and can be quite the scamp. So the pairing of devils and fairies doesn't seem too ridiculous.

Devilish Charm Tag - Nichola Battilana

The above image is from the 'Devil' card of an old tarot deck. I know it looks a bit menacing, but this card isn't about evil at all, just like the 'Death' card isn't actually about death. (To be honest, I find the 'Tower' card most frightening.)

Devilish Charm Tag - Nichola Battilana

Finally this sparkly dude. This devil face graphic was printed on boxes of Kellogg's Corn Flakes in the 1950's for kiddies to cut out and wear as a mask. I did a quick look about for more information (the artist?) but couldn't find much. I think it's a great image, definitely deserving of a sparkly crimson border.

That's the whole devilish she-bang! I hope you're enjoying all the Halloween-ish posts because I'm having a grand time making them. If you'd like to create your own little charms/tags here's my supply list:

Die Cut Heart Frames from Family Tree**
Wings Assortment
Small Resin Skull Beads
White Turquoise Skull Beads
Bronze Pentagram Charms

Colourarte Silks Acrylic Glaze
Ornate Metal Keys - Antique Brass 

Sparkly red trims from Petaloo (discontinued?)
Assorted vintage images

**Ugh! I didn't realize until compiling my supply list that I used the hearts from a larger kit. The hearts aren't available separately BUT you could always use these House ShapesCircles or Domes


  1. Love these!!! omg do I. Do you sell those images anywhere?? I would love to have some!
    Thanks for sharing these incredible charm tags!!!
    Victoria, BC

  2. Suzyb.... I did a search for 'old tarot card images" and got pages !

  3. Well, of course, it is my favorite time of year. . . but even if it weren't there'd be no mistaking the Hallowe'en spirit that is emanating from YOUR world! :) These are all delightful and full of the spirit of the season on the horizon!

  4. Once again another amazing group of projects. I find it hard to pick a favorite but as a child of the 1950 the fevil face mask looks very familiar. Fantastic job!

  5. Love these! Very creepy and devilishly cool!