Anyway. I only had a very vague idea of what I was going to make when I went into this. I knew I wanted a bird, and a frame around it that it was kind of sitting/standing on. I started by creating the frame. I took some corrugated cardboard and die cut it with a couple of hexagon dies. Of course that flattened the corrugations, which was a bit of a duh moment… Never mind.
I then worked out where I wanted to position the frame on my card base and used that as a guide to position the bird. The bird is from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus and I stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink.
With some post-it notes I masked off the area that would be outside of the frame. I then put a chevron/zigzag stencil over the top of my card base and softly sponged on Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I didn’t bother masking off the bird – I was just careful to make sure I avoided sponging over it.
After I’d removed the stencil I decided I wanted to use it for the bottom of my card too. I turned the stencil ninety degrees so that the zigzags would be going the other direction, and this time sponged with Milled Lavender Distress Ink. I liked the result, but it looked a bit off where they met. I masked off a section between the two and applied black ink over it to create a dividing line.
Next I created my sentiment. The die cut part comes from the Friendship Expressions Thinlits. I die cut it twice from a piece of pinkish cream card stock and adhered the two together to make it thicker. I stamped the other part of the sentiment, which is from CAS-ual Friday’s Calm and Loving, then adhered the die cut part in place with liquid glue.
I wanted to raise my frame slightly so I used some narrow strips of foam tape to adhere that into place. At this point I realised I hadn’t coloured the bird… Oops! So I just quickly went in with turquoise and grey pencils and added some very soft colouring.
As a final touch I added some Wink of Stella to the “smile”, then coated it with Glossy Accents.
I’m pretty pleased with how this ended up. As I was going along I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I kept going anyway and I think it did turn out well. Although I probably should have done a bit more with the bird.
CAS Mix Up – Stamping + Corrugated Cardboard + Your Choice (I chose stenciling)
Daring Cardmakers – Geometric
Double D Challenges – Zig Zag
Mod Squad – Geometric
MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
TCP Tuesday – Word Dies
TGIF – Inspiration Image (I of course picked up on the bird imagery, but also the soft colours)
Uniko Studios – Anything Goes