Monday, August 4, 2014

Because It Has a Song

Paulina at Pretty Pink Posh's blog had issued a challenge last week to her readers to create, write, and (most importantly) SEND/GIVE at least 2 cards to friends, family members--someone who might need or at least appreciate a friendly message. Since I have a couple of family members who are going through a rough time right now, I decided to create cards for them, just to let them know I'm thinking about them. This card is one of those.

To begin, I chose the following sketch from Operation Write Home:

I had to make a few alterations to make my design work. Since my focal image & greeting stamps from this set, were "too" large, I cut the focal panel larger, left off the mat layers, and changed the banner into a panel. I did still double-mat the whole front, though, as indicated in the sketch.

I stamped the bird on watercolor paper using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I colored it as a bluebird, using Inktense pencils & my water brush, and added a bit of shadow underneath with a grey Inktense pencil blended out with water. Since I didn't have room on the card front to mat that panel, I inked around the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink instead, so it wouldn't just blend in with the background.

I chose one of the patterns from The Paper Studio's "Off the Bolt" 4.5x6.5" paper pad for the background, and the dark blue patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye "Blue Floral" 6x6" pad. Because there was adequate contrast between the dark blue and the background, I chose not to mat the blue strip.

To assemble the card, I rounded the corners of the background paper, and then glued the blue patterned paper strip in place on that. I rounded the top right corner of the bird panel and adhered it in place, and then rounded 2 opposite corners on the greeting panel and glued that down. Finally I matted the card front on a piece of dark blue cardstock, rounded those corners, and mounted that to a slightly larger card base with rounded corners, to make a side-folding landscape format card.

I'm entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.

1 comment:

  1. I just LOVE these bird stamps and the design is so fun. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)


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