Tuesday 12 February 2013

"It's all about the Eyes!"

Another fortnight has passed and this means a new challenge starts today over at Try it on Tuesday! (and another one as usual over at FwATCs - so please scroll down to the previous post if you want to see some "red").

This time it's all about the eyes! So show us projects where eyes play a special part in (have to admit: I am really, REALLY curious this time!).

I had some eyes left...*lol...I see how that sounds. Next try: some months ago I had used a copy of a (rather strange looking) postcard I found at a Museum's flea market, showing a collection of glass eyes. I had used some of the eyes for a tag, but I did not use all of them. So the left over eyes were just perfect for this challenge! At least for my interpretation of the theme...

Scary, aren't they? That inspired me to do a rather dark and spooky tag, using alcohol inks on glossy card. (Glossy card is rather easily to be found, when you keep an eye on packaging material that goes with a lot of things you buy - I used the card back of the package of some winter insoles I bought recently. Good thing: that card was already coloured in light grey, which made it the perfect base for my project).

For a start I blended the whole tag with darker tones of alcohol inks, dabbing them on, using the blending tool with the felt. Over that layer I stamped the framed image of the house with tree and moon and heat embossed it with black "Sternenstaub" embossing powder.

To make the image more visible, I removed some of the dark alcohol inks by using a cotton ball and nail polish remover. 

That made the embossed surface dull, but reheating the image restored the gloss of the embossed layer.

Then I used alcohol inks again - mainly red and black - and let them run down the upright held tag, applying the ink directly from the bottle.

I wanted the eyes to be more spooky, so I covered them with "crackle accents" and rubbed in some red Distress ink afterwards - that made it look like thin blood vessels...

I added some stamped (and heat embossed) images - the quote and three flourishes - to get some texture and embellished the tag with the die cut ornament (which was treated with alcohol inks too and fixed with two tiny brads) and a self adhesive black lace ribbon. Done!

(Well, I am sure that you will see something less spooky from the DT when you hop over to TioT! :))

This month's sponsor is Really Reasonable Ribbon, who are offering a $15 gift voucher to this months winner!

I am curiously looking forward to see you (and your creations) over at the awesome design team's challenge blog... and hope you enjoyed your visit with me today!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Servus from Vienna,

die amelie x


  1. Das ist ja total genial wow wieviel details hier zu finden sind ich muss es immer und immer wieder anschauen. Einfach superklasse!!!!
    Und ich finde es toll mitten im Februar etwas schaurig schönes zu sehen! DANKE Claudia!!!LG


  2. Wow wow wow - das ist der Hammer!!!!!!! Diese vielen Details die es zu entdecken gibt und dieser wahnsinnig starke Ausdruck - einfach nur GENIAL!
    Ganz liebe Grüße, Dagmar

  3. Oooooh, I am loving your spooky tag and it makes such a change from all the Valentines projects out there!! Thanks for the clear description also of how you did it. The way those eyes have come out with the crackle is spectacular, - or should I say spooktacular?

  4. What a great tag, those eyes really are scarey.

  5. I love this tag, so creepy and moody, the eyes really grab your attention as well x

  6. I am like you Claudia, looking forward to seeing what everyone creates for this challenge. We are such opposites, mine was cute and silly and yours was dark and spooky! I love the different interpretation! waving hi to my fellow team member from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  7. The eyes are awesome, its a fantastic spooky tag, I love all the details and textures.

  8. Great eyes and scary tag. Love it! Have a great day. Angela

  9. Wie cool ist das Tag denn ?! Mir fallen hier gleich die Augen aus dem Kopf... Ich bin total begeistert.

  10. Definitely scary! But also very fascinating... amazing techniques again, and your trademark texture genius!
    Alison x

  11. LOVE this Claudia. The diecut, do you have that yourself, or is it from a bought die?

  12. Spectacularly creepy. :)great texture and layers!! I love your little birdie hanging, too.

  13. This is scary! Great textures and I love the sentiment.
    Avril xx


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