use of the St. Valentine's Day massacre as the theme for
the Challenge led to thoughts of mayhem and, along with
a random association to 'Romancing the Stone', led to
this image of a dying hand clutching a heart-shaped ruby.
The hand is a modified Photo Object. The ruby began as
a custom shape and has an added bevel layer style and
thickness via the alt-move method. An inner glow provides
the bright central highlight. The blood is thresholded
render>clouds layer plus a shallow bevel with the opacity
reduced. The background is a cork fill. The overall look
comes from separate merged layers altered with the poster
edges and halftone filters at reduced opacity.