Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring Birds

Hello everyone, I would like to show you some cards made using the Spring Birds multibuy stamp set, currently on offer at Chocolate Baroque. These stamps are perfect for this time of year, as we start to look forward to warmer weather and the changing season.

I started my first card by making a wrinkle free distress background; placing some Spun Sugar and Old Paper Distress Stains onto a craft mat, and spritzing them with water. I also spritzed a piece of watercolour paper with water and then placed it onto the craft mat, ensuring that the paper was covered with colour. I dried the paper with a heat gun, and then patted it randomly onto the droplets of colour left on my craft mat, creating a second layer of colour on the background. I also dried this with the heat gun.

I stamped some dog roses and a bird from the Pretty Birdcage stamp set along with a bird taken from the Spring birds stamp set onto the background. I masked the main dog roses before adding the birds and extra roses. I coloured the images with pencils. I added a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments stamp set to finish.

I decided to create an easel card for my second project, by cutting a piece of dark brown card measuring 12" x 6" and another piece 6" x 6". I scored the large piece at 6" and 9", folding and creasing the folds firmly. I folded the card in half, and then with the fold facing away from me, I stuck the bottom half of the 6" x6" square piece of card to the folded card. I stamped the Leafy Trails Big Bold Background stamp twice onto plain card, and coloured this with waterbased markers. I edged the card with Distress Ink.

I die cut two circles, and whilst the dies were still in place, I added some colour with Distress Ink. Once I had removed the dies, I then stamped the bird image onto the larger circle, and a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday stamp set onto the smaller circle. I hand cut the mounts for the circles, by drawing around the dies onto some card left over from the easel card. I coloured some seam binding ribbon with Distress Stains to match my colour scheme, I used Spiced Marmalade.
 Thanks for stopping by, xx


Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two stunning cards Judith. I love how you've added the roses into the first card and the wonderful background. I also love the second card and the bigbold background.

Sue xx

Paula (PEP) said...

The dog roses & little bird from the Pretty Birdcage are a perfect companion for the Spring Birds image & I particularly like your soft colouring complemented by the wrinkle free distress background & your matting. I had to look twice at the Spring Birds image upon seeing your second card & then realised how brilliantly you'd melded the two stamp sets in the first. In your second card the splash of Spiced Marmaladeseam binding beautifully highlights the warm chestnutty brown of the birds back & the eye is drawn to the complimentary blue of the eggs in the nest. The background really does make me think of Spring too & I love the brown card base - so in keeping with your colour scheme & softer than if black had been used.
Paula (PEP)

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