Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dreamy Songbird

Hello Happy Stampers! The card I am sharing today is for the Featured Stamper challenge posted on SCS this past Sunday. The featured stamper this week is Joan Ervin. Her gallery is so beautiful. I chose this card for my inspiration.

We were to change at least two things on our card. I changed...

Added layers
Different stamps (but similar)
Added color
Used brads instead of button

Here are the details...

I used images from Home Tweet Home from Flourishes for my card. The bird was stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics. I used Y21, Y23, Y15 and Y17 on the belly of the bird.


The markers in the photo above are the ones I used on the rest of the bird (B41, B21, B24, B23 and B26) . I wanted to show you this photo so you can see how I go about my color selection for Copics. I like to save all these little scraps and use them for testing colors and blending. On the first color strip (the wider one), I didn't like the way the colors were blending, so I made some adjustments and did the second color strip.


After coloring the bird, I made a mask of the bird and placed it over the image, so I could stamp the branch.

Here are the colors I used for the branch. (E33, E57, YG99, YG95, YG93 and YG03).

Next, I used my Versa Mark pen on the entire image and then heat embossed with clear.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and the Tim Holtz blending tool to sponge the background.

Then I used a swirl stamp from Siberian Iris to stamp around the edges and added a sentiment from Botanical Dreams (Gina K). I backed the main panel with Pure Luxury Black Onyx, Bashful Blue, Pure Luxury Chocolate Kiss and used Creamy Caramel for the card base.

I have a few "after" photos of Pebbles after going to the groomer.

Isn't she a cutie?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

13 comments:

Louise Fox said...

Theresa, You remain such a constant inspiration and teacher for me. Know that you change my artistic life in wonderful ways and I so look forward to new adventures! Blessings and thanks, Louise

Robin McK said...

Hmmm,
I have never tried that tim Holtz tool. Maybe I should pick one up and try it...

"Tillymint" said...

This is another beautiful card - I actually have this stamp but haven't used it yet might go off and have a play. TFS Sue

Patti J. said...

So pretty! I love all of your daily tutorials. I learn something new every day! I'm not sure what's prettier - your card or your pooch! Is this the little gal that gave you such a scare in your pond last fall? What a cutie she is. We have an all white furball that looks 1/2 cocker spaniel, and half something else. They resemble each other!

Casmiles said...

beautiful card. And Pebbles is precious BEFORE and AFTER! Gotta get my standard poodles cut this weekend (they look furry like Pebble before pic but with lots more curls...

Betty N said...

Beautiful card! And very cute doggie! I love how
they feel and smell after going to the "spa"!

Anesha said...

Another wonderful card, love your background. Pebbles looks lovley! Anesha

Lori said...

Beautiful card, cute puppy dog!

Elena said...

So beautiful! Love the background swirls and color!
Pebble is so cute!

Anonymous said...

Not sure which is better - the card or the photos of Pebbles! Toss up - all are great! Thanks for showing how you colored the card with the Copics.

Chris R. from Iowa

Anonymous said...

Not sure which is better - the card or the photos of Pebbles! Toss up - all are great! Thanks for showing how you colored the card with the Copics.

Chris R. from Iowa

Rhonda Langley said...

Pebbles is adorable and she looks so fine after her trip to the groomer.

Your card is beautiful and your choice of colors wonderful!

Julie Koerber said...

WOW... wow... wow!!!! I might have to case this just to see if I could pull this technique off! Just stunning!