Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gone to the Birds...

A couple of weeks I *finally* acquired the gorgeous stamp set Nature's Pace. I am not sure why it took me so long to buy it. It's been around for over a year! So from now on, when I like a stamp set, I will just buy it. Not sure my business account will agree, but atleast I can write it off on my taxes, right?

For this week's Friday Mashup Challenge, we had the option of
1) making a project using the sketch to the left;
2) making a project featuring birds; or
3) or Mash It Up and create a project using the sketch featuring birds.

So I turned to the bird from Nature's Pace as well as the Certainly Celery prints from the Twitterpated DSP. I also pulled out my Aquapainters and colored the bird in a soft So Saffron. I should really remember to watercolor more often.

Tips & Tricks:

*To follow the stripes theme of the sketch, I embossed my Pink Pirouette card stock with the Stripes Embossing Folder. Coordination made easy.
*To get the various shades of Saffron in my bird, I watercolored him one, let him dry and then watercolored him in spots to darken the color. Love how he turned out!
*I love second generation stamping for a softer look. To make the 'no. 147' a bit softer than the bird, I stamped off on my grid paper and then stamped on my card stock. It's a bit paler so it doesn't take over the image.
*I'm still loving how the Stitched 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon effortlessly adds that little something extra to my cards!
*To adhere buttons onto my cards, I always use Glue Dots. They may be small, but they're incredibly tacky. Even for a bigger button, I only needed one!
*If you know my style, you know that these are not my typical color choices. I got the my inspiration from the Twitterpated DSP. I love how it helps me come up with new color combos!
*There's no fancy cutting on my card. No fancy techniques except the watercoloring. But I think this goes to show, sometimes simple is just right :)

My friend just moved out to a country house and loves all the different birds that visit her birdfeeders. I think she'll enjoy this card for her birthday :) 'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!


Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin said...

Love how you coloured the bird. Super pretty card.

Lili said...

Such a pretty card! Very nice coloring. Thanks for playing along with us at the Friday Mashup!

Heidi Baks said...

Love the idea of the stripes EF, and great coloring! Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup.

Lisa said...

Beautiful! I love the embossed background and you did a wonderful job with the watercoloring!

Thanks so much for playing along and mashing it up at The Friday Mashup!