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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Dragonsdream TIO - nightmare

Hello there, Wilbear here with you to take the challenge from Dragonsdream TIO

The theme this week was Nightmare, and the ingredients were, a murder of crows, a blue moon, and a chill wind. Well, being a fan of Edgar Allan poe's gothic tales, and dark artwork, this really appealed to me. Being afeared of birds really helped, as to bears they really are a nightmare, and of course crows are the scariest of all. This is what I produced.

murder of crows: birds in flight, top right-hand corner of tag, stamped repeatedly
Blue moon: nestabilities circle inked and distressed
Chill wind, tree branches and large crow's feathers blowing in the breeze

To make the moon, I used the smallest of our Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies, which I cut with the trusty Cuttlebug.

I used blue and brown distress inks

First I inked the moon in a straw colour

Then re inked it in blue, as I remembered the ingredient was a blue moon!

I then inked my tag in the blue distress inks, broken china for the inner and sapphire for the outer

For my murder of crows, I used this miniature stamp of birds in flight repeatedly over the top right side of the tag, yikes, scary stuff.

I printed a sentiment and inked it. my sentiment was taken from one of Ted Hughes's series of works entitled Crow. It reads 'A horror beyond redemption'. I added the word 'crow' as it appears in many of these works.

I then distressed the sentiments with our natty little Tim Holtz distressing tool. I think the name is a misnomer though as it didn't distress me at all,

I glued my sentiment, and other ingredients, and placed them onto my tag

To produce this.

A close up of my moon and the murder of crows,

And a close up of the scary big crow next to a dark tree. I added 3d sticky pads to the crow, to make him really stand out, and depict how truly scary he is to us. The branches of the tree are bent to represent the chill wind, as are the crow's feathers.

I really enjoyed this challenge, thank you Dragonsdream for the inspiration.
I think I'll just sit and admire my tag a while. Until another bear needs to sit at the desk and craft.

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With love from the bears ��


  1. Whoa Bears - how spooky is that ! Love the colours & the fur-chilling moody look ! Ali x

    1. It is a bit scary isn't it? We may sleep with our furry lamp on tonight.

  2. Nice work, Wilbear! Definitely nightmarish - that's a HUGE murder of crows, plus one very scary one... and the addition of Ted Hughes is a very fine and original touch. I too am a big fan of the Paper Distresser - a delight, not a distress!
    Alison x

    1. As long as the murder of crows don't murder us in slumber, *shudder* two lamps on tonight now!!!

  3. Beautiful work! Loving this one a lot! You're on fire mrs (well - not literally like !!)

  4. I wondered why it was so hot in here!!! HELLLLLLLP

  5. Very scary tag but i am a big fan of scary lol. Love it. It has a fantastc spooky feel thanks for sharing at tio

  6. I love this tag, that's one very scary crow! Nicely done Wilbear and thanks for sharing with us again at TIO x

  7. Wow, how cool - your tag looks fantastic, great scary look. Thanks for dreaming with us at TIO.

  8. Great stuff, great tag. Francesa xx

  9. Great tag,love your bear,
    Janet x

  10. Fabulous tag... very scary.. thanks for dreaming with us at TIO... May x

  11. OMG - this gave me shivers! Truly, it did! Well done Wilbear!

  12. Very scarey crow! Thanks for sharing with us at Dragons Dream TIO. Elizabeth x

  13. Great scary tag! That bear is so clever!


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