Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Christmas birds

Festive Wishes

Some more Stampendous projects for you, these with birds in the images.

This first card is an interesting mix of techniques. The bird is colored with Copics, but the background is embossed. Using a Versamark Watermark Pen, I wet each layer down, applied and heat set different colored embossing powders. It made for an interesting background. You can see that I also embossed the berries on the branch. The red powder spread a little, but I thought the effect looked pretty neat. See the three dots in the right corner? I didn’t have the right color or finish I needed, so I took a hole punch and popped out three dots from the center of a velvet heart sticker. Gotta love necessity making you be creative.

Supplies: Stamps (Stampendous-Cling Festive Wishes, Cling Chickadee), Embossing Powder (Scenic Selection Embossing Powder Kit ), Versamark Watermark Ink Pen, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Stickers-(Class a Peel-Soft Hearts), Copics, Neenah Solar White CS, Branch-Hobby Lobby, Spellbinders-Classic Rectangle Large

Seasons Greetings

Simple coloring here, but making the bird pop is lots of fun. One coloring tip-when coloring a scene like this, don’t add much contrast to the background images, meaning the ones farther back. When you look at something far away, it doesn’t have much detail. But add the detail/contrast to the forefront.

Supplies: Stamps (Stampendous-Cling Cardinal Path Set, Chris-Moose Greetings Perfectly Clear (Sentiment)), Copics, Neenah Solar White CS, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Making Memories PP

thoughts warm my heart

I thought adding the Classic Heart from Spellbinders shape would make an interesting card, with the little red birds. (Sometimes I color my images and make the card around the image. :))

thoughts warm CU

A close look at the coloring. I used a W3 to add some shadows to the snow. The W3 has a natural look to it, versus the C3 which is cold and more metallic in color. Coloring the tree trunk was a ton of fun too. I used the lines in the stamp image to assist my coloring. It was a good guide for where to add highlights and shadows.

Supplies: Stamps (Stampendous-Yule Penguins Perfectly Clear (Sentiment), Cling Feeding Birds Scene), Copics, Spellbinders Classic Heart, Buttons, Twine-May Arts

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Do you make your cards? We have been doing photo cards since the little man was born. We waited so long to be able to have a reason to send them! :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

4 comments:

Cyndi Landrigan said...

Beautiful cards! Cardinals are my favorite birds and it is always nice to see cards made with them. Love the techniques! Thanks for sharing with us!

Bev J. said...

Love all the cards-very pretty. Love your 'creativeness'.

Kathy Martin said...

Awww...these are all so sweet! I love birds and these are just so charming! :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

these are lovely cards, so beautifully designed!