Posted: March 4th, 2018 by

Close Your Eyes

Hello! We hope you are having a great weekend.

Veerle Moreels is here on the blog this evening with this stunning tag made for a feature in Creative Stamping magazine last year…

There is something about closed eyes. They can hide so much. You can choose to close your eyes because you want to hide your feelings, you can close your eyes because you don’t want to be part of something you see or actually close them to gather all your strength to face something your need to. Or you can just close your eyes to give you peace of mind, it can take you out of this world and give you a chance to calm down and relax…

Close your eyes… it gives you the chance to see yourself.

Materials list

300 gsm watercolor paper
Black cardstock
Ink: Versafine – black, Memento-Rich cocoa
Watercolours: Sennelier – Warm sepia , Winsor&Newton – Perylene violet
Ranger Texture paste
Gold metalfoil ( Pébéo-Ranger- IndigoBlu mega flakes…)
Glue for metal foiling (Pébéo – Tombow multi mono liquid glue-IndigoBlu Flitterglu…)
Ranger Cut -‘n-dry foam
Black embossing powder
Bandage (plain bandage –sterile gaze bought at the pharmacist)


  • Cut a tag out of the watercolor paper sized 11cm on 22cm and color it with a light wash of both watercolors. You can let it air dry or heat it with a heatgun to speed up the drying process*
  • When your tag is dry put some antistatic powder down and stamp the face onto the tag using the black Versafine. Quickly cover it with the heat embossing powder and heat set**
  • Lay down some texture paste from the top to the bottom and let it dry. Once it’s dry color the texture paste with a light wash of both water colours. When this layer is dry you can lay down a more concentrated layer of color next to the texture paste to get some more depth.
  • Cut a piece of Cut-‘n-Dry foam and lay down some glue used for metal foiling onto it. Work it into your foam using a palette knife. This is the stamp pad you will use to ‘ink’ up the stars. Ink up your stamp with the glue and stamp it onto your paper as you would when using ink. Don’t hold it to long onto your paper or it will stick and you will tear the paper. Just stamp and lift. When you have structured watercolor paper you could stamp it a second time using a stamping tool. Cover your stamped image with the golden metal foil and burnish before removing it.

Make sure to clean your stamp in between if necessary using some water. When you are done with the stamp clean it off immediately using some water ( cold or hot depending on the glue you used. Wash your cut-‘n-dry foam if you don’t need it any longer.)

  • Put some glue onto a piece of plastic and pick up just a tiny bit with your palette knife. Wipe this over your structure paste to make some parts sticky so you can lay down some golden metal foil here too.
  • Cut a piece of plain bandage and color it with both watercolors. When this is drying stamp your sentiment on some paper . I have added some light touches of colour here too.
  • Using a needle, toothpick,… you can put tiny dots of glue onto your tag to add some little golden accents. I have also splattered some tiny dots of both water colours onto the background.
  • When the bandage is dry adhere it behind your words. Ink up the edges of the tag before gluing it down onto the black base. Only thing left is to adhere the words to finish off the tag.

*TIP: if you work onto watercolour paper and use a lot of water you could see that your paper starts wrinkling or bending. When it’s dry to the touch you can put it in between some papers and lay it under something very heavy to get it straight. In the meanwhile you can stamp words or do some coloring.

**TIP: to get the eyes and nose-mouth spaced out correctly, lay down the printed sheet underneath your stamping block and place the stamps on the right place on your acrylic block.

Stamps Used:

Face it

Believe in Unicorns

Own it

This is such a beautiful tag, the delicate colours and the gorgeous layering is stunning! Thank you Veerle ♡

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