Saturday, 19 September 2015

Another feather for your cap

Good morning and happy Saturday! I hang my head in shame and admit I had yet another play with my spritzer tool. Please bear with me as I get through this phase in my crafting life. I promise it won't last forever. But it's just so much fun! And I absolutely loooove the look it creates. It has given me a new appreciation of my stencils, which have been underused for most of my crafty career. 

When I first saw the current sketch over at My Favourite Things I immediately dismissed it. However, it clearly stayed in my subconsciousness. This card just popped into my head as I was laying in bed this morning reading blogs. Actually, it did change it's shape a bit during the creative process, most cards do, but I realised that a Dylusions stencil I bought ages ago would be perfect to create the background for my card. So out came the spritzer tool. I was also inspired by the colour challenge over at Colour Me...! as well as the inspiration picture over at Fusion (any bird themed challenge to me is a reason to pull out those Crazy Birds!!). I'm also linking up over at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is Make Your Mark (my second entry), Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where the theme is Die Crazy and Alphabet Challenge where the theme is P is for Pelican, Peacock or any other bird. 

I created the background with the spritzer tool and Distress markers in Blueprint Sketch, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers using two stencils, the Dylusions Shattered and a circular one I cut using a die onto linen textured cardstock (I currently have a huge crush on the look of this pretty textured card). I painted the bird with a watercolour brush using the same markers. I have tried to get my hands on the Tim Holtz stamp set which has accessories for the birds, but although ordering it months ago, I still haven't got it, it seems like there are none left in the world. So instead to give my birdie a graduation cap, I used the Lawn Fawn Hats off stamps set. For the sentiment, I used the Stampin' Up Alphabet Rotary stamp which has proven to be a really useful tool indeed. The sentiments looked a bit anaemic on their own, so I matted them onto coloured cardstock to make them pop a bit from the background. Last, I added some Glossy Accents to the graduation cap. I took my spritzing frenzy one step further and created a custom stencil using the Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats die and spritzed through it for the inside of the card. I love how making your own stencils really extends the use of your dies, so much bang for your buck!

Card: Linen textured 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Scraps of card in Navy and Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay and Old Olive
Stamps: Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and matching die, Lawn Fawn Hats off, Stampin' Up Alphabet Rotary stamp
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress markers Blueprint Sketch, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle and Scripty Congrats die, Ranger Dylusions stencil Shattered, Stampin' Up Glossy Accents, Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool


kim said...

Great card!!!! I love those crazy birds and I love your take on them and the sketch!!!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great combination of challenges! Love what you've done with that background, and your little bird looks so sweet wearing a graduation cap! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Colour Me...!

Rebekah Weckerly said...

Wow! I love this!!! Great card!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card!! Your crazy bird is coloured flawlessly! Thanks so much for sharing at the Colour Me challenge this week :)

Heather said...

A fabulous card, a lovely CAS style with sucg a pretty colour bimbo.......your background is stunning and an adorable crazy bird with a super sentiment!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

OMG, this is stunning! Beautiful background you've created for such a lovely bird! Thank you for joining us at Colour Me this week!

Rahmat said...

Beautiful design, so soft and sweet, I love the sentiment too, thanks for joining us at ATSM.

Unknown said...

Great card! I love the cas design and the fab sentiment that goes perfectly with the cute bird!

Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog!


sandie said...

Great combo of challenges and love the stencil work. Great to see you at Fusion

Deanne Saunders said...

So sweet!!! Thanks so much for participating in our ALPHABET challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Lyndal said...

Super cute card!!! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION!