Saturday, 10 July 2010

Bird watching birthday

I made this card for my uncle's birthday (happy birthday Uncle John!). Dogs and water seemed about right for his interests so I pulled out this lovely stamp from the Saturday Evening Post range. I heat embossed with fine detail black for a silhouette that would resist the ink I brayered over the top for the sunset. I used a punched circle to mask the sun before brayering and then lightly sponged with the same inks I'd used for the sky. A few white gel pen highlights give the impression of the grasses and the dog's nose catching the last rays of the sun.

I kept the layout very simple and resisted adding any embellishments to leave the focus on the image and the rich colours.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Bird Watching (Saturday Evening Post line - if you are in the UK, Bubbly Funk has this stamp in stock {here})
Cursive Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Paper:
Simply smooth
Black
Kraft

Ink:
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Sky brayered with Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick)

Other:
Detail black embossing powder
Memento marker by Tsukineko (Tuxedo black)
Inkssentials white gel pen by Ranger

Tools:
Brayer
Squeeze punch by Fiskars (large circle)
Sponge


Thanks for stopping by!

19 comments:

Ann said...

This is just amazing. Love it.
Ann xxx

Paula said...

a wonderful brayered background and the white highlights add that final flourish...stunning!

tracy said...

thats beautiful joanne,you are clever :)

Gez said...

Fabulous card Joanne. I doesn't need anymore does it... love the white highlights.xx

Effie said...

Beautiful sunset!

Di said...

Stunning Joanne, I love it x

Janice said...

Wow, that's stunning Joanne, I love the look of brayered backgrounds.

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous card think its this hot summer we are having thats getting these hot colours out?

Karen said...

Absolutely STUNNING Joanne! X

SmilynStef said...

Wowza ... so vibrant and peaceful ... ♥ it.

cardesque said...

Beautiful card, love it all even down to the dogs nose:) - great work.

joan said...

Beautiful card, lovely vibrant colours.

Kathy said...

Joanne, this is stunning - have you seenthe DCM's challenge this week by any chance????

Jackie said...

Gorgeous Joanne, I love the colours! I hope you are ok :)

craftytrog said...

Absolutely beautiful, stunning colours! x

Deborah said...

Could be a Barbara Gray brayered card - brilliant!

cedar chests said...

Every word that they said about your card is true. It is amazing and wonderful. Fabulous indeed. Joane you are the best for me.

Netty said...

totally gorgeous card, Annette

sam21ski said...

Fabulous card Joanne xxx