Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Little Bird

Hello everyone, It's Wednesday, and that means another weekly post over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog. It is my turn to provide a little bit of inspiration using this month's challenge colours, and I have chosen to use one of the Spring Bird collection of stamp plates as a starting point. I chose the Spring Bird Crocus stamp plate, as I really like this particular bird image, and have used it several times in the past for projects.

I started my card by creating a Brusho background, using smooth watercolour paper, and sprinkling some powders onto the dry background. I chose a selection of ochres, oranges and lime green, which all fitted within the colour palette. I spritzed the background with a mini mister to create a watery background, and then blotted the background with a spare piece of watercolour card. This will be great for another project later on. I heat set the background using a heat gun.

I stamped the rosehip image from the Autumn Poppy stamp set randomly over the background using Potting Shed Archival Ink, and coloured the images using pencils.

I cut a circle from a spare piece of watercolour paper and stamped the bird image. I had laid my watercolour background onto a craft mat, and there had been some Brushos and water left behind, leaving droplets of colour. I used this to add some colour around the stamped bird image, just turning the circle of card, and gently dabbing it into the droplets, drying it between each application, until I was happy that I had enough colour. I then also used the leftover droplets to paint the bird image, using a small brush and some water. I used a little bit of extra brown Brusho for the actual bird. I used a bit of pencil shading on the leaves, to tie in with the background colouring. I added some shading around both layers using Wild Honey Distress Ink.

Finally, I cut some green card for matting and layering the bird image and my leafy background.

I have not added a sentiment to this card yet, but it would be suitable for lots of occasions, so I will wait until I am ready to use the card, before I decide what to add. Don't forget to hop over to the Challenge Blog, to see a super tutorial by one of my team mates this week. There is also a bumper post today on the Design Team Blog, featuring some of the readers' own projects, so a great reason to pop over there as well.

Thanks for stopping by, xx


cuilliesocks said...

Hello Judith, beautiful work and card, I love the pretty bird image and the brilliant colouring. Thanks for the how to, great inspiration!! Kate x

Veronica Pell said...

This is beautiful Judith

Evelyn Browning said...

Your use of the colours for the background has given a lovely dappled effect - like when you look into a hedge & there are pockets of light & twig & leaf. The little bird just sits beautifully in a spotlight & I particularly like your use of the green matting offset by the Wild Honey edging. I always marvel at your wrinkle free distress backgrounds & you've certainly worked your magic likewise with the brushes.

Evelyn Browning said...

That should read brushos - not brushes............the autocorrect imp jumped in just as I pressed publish!!

Elaine said...

Really nice to see a more muted brushos project, so often people use the dark colours and it makes it hard to see images against them. This reminds me of your wrinkle free distress backgrounds that you do so well! The colouring of your image is super as always, and this is overall such a pretty design and a good idea to leave the sentiment until you are in need of a card. Elaine xxx

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