Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A new day

Hey all. I have been wanting to use this stamp set for so long, life just always seemed to get in the way :(

I am a big fan of English birds, I actually have a tattoo of a house sparrow very similar to the one in the first card on my forearm & it means a lot to me, my garden (tiny as it is) is always full of house sparrows & they are like a part of the family, we would seriously struggle to move because we would worry so much about who would feed the birds :)

Anyway, I finally made the push to use this stamp when I started doing the Online Card Class Exploring Watercolour Mediums class, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to play with this stamp & my watercolours & see what the differences were....

I actually ended up doing about 90% of the colouring using the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers + some water, those pens are just so darn handy, getting the colour exactly where I wanted it & a concentration I expected no the uncontrollable concentration I get when I work with more traditional watercolours (although the peerless watercolours aren't very traditional). I still love working with those for backgrounds & stuff but for stuff like this I think the marker pens are going to win out every time. I did like using the distress markers for creating sky, I found that the zig markers can sometimes split a little when you add a lot of water & do un predictable things where as the distress markers have very even coverage even with a lot of water. It's really cool what you learn when you are taking time to learn your mediums.

So anyway, this card.... It's really hard to explain cause each one was different but anyway the basic
premise is I stamped these birds on to some Canson Moulin du Roy hot press cardstock using Versamark ink & then heat embossed it using Wow Super Fine Pale Gold Embossing Powder. Then I painted the birds using the Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens/the peerless watercolours using reference images I found on pinterest :)

I coloured the branch that way too, it was so much easier to do with the pens than it was with the watercolours, the detail is so small that it is awkward to do with real brushes :) Anyway, after that I did the sky, added a sentiment (either from the set or from the Hero Arts colour layering trees) & then trimmed them down to the right size.

I heat embossed a background stamp onto Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock with Wow clear embossing powder, added the watercoloured panel, some gold lawn fawn twine & some sequins/wood veneer elements.

P.S. I entered this card into the simon says stamp wednesday challenge


  1. Love the birds, especially the one on the last card! Great to see what you have created for OCC :o)

  2. This is fantastic!!! Every card is a work of art, great combo!

  3. Wow! These are really stunning! Gorgeous cards! Thank you so much for playing along with the No Patterned Paper Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!