Monday, 9 May 2011

Birdy birthday

It was my dad's birthday recently - hope you had a lovely day, Dad!

I used the challenge in the Crafty Secrets member company forum at SplitcoastStampers as a kickstart to make him a card - we were challenged to do some watercolouring this week.

I chose to use Distress inks as watercolours on my image panel. The deep brown background layer is Cryogen White cardstock that has been spritzed with multiple layers of walnut ink - it gives a lovely mottled, almost leathery look.

I'm much happier with the actual card than with the photo of it, I just couldn't get the richness and delicacy of colour to show well no matter what I tried!

Stamps:
Bird Notes (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)
Swirl from Mini Memories (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)
Sentiment from Kinkade Birthday Expressions (CHF, retired)

Paper:
Cryogen white
Hot press watercolour paper

Ink:
Stazon by Tsukineo (Timber Brown)
Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint - as watercolours, Tumbled Glass)

Other:
Walnut ink (crystals dissolved in water in a mister bottle)
Natural raffia
Fancy brad (Making Memories)
Tags trio dies by Spellbinder
Sewing machine and thread


Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Hazel said...

Belated birthday greetings for you dad - he will have loved this card - love the birdies. x

Kathy said...

This looks fab, Joanne. I do love using Raffia on men's cards, it adds a real "something extra"

Janice said...

beautiful and one of my favourite stamps, those little birdies have been out quite a lot recently. Must be Spring!

sam21ski said...

Fabulous card xxx hope your dad liked it.

Sam xxx

http://sam21ski.blogspot.com/

Sid said...

Fab birthday card !!

Scrappy~Sarah said...

fabulous card, love that stamp

Rachelxx said...

Great card :-)

I struggle with photographing - things always look better in real life!

Caroline said...

Gorgeous card Joanne, and the stamp is adorable...x

Alison said...

It's absolutely lovely Joanne! Happy birthday to your Dad! x

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

This is a wonderful card and love the colours and effect

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous card XOXO Zoe

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

Fabulous Birthday card Joanne. Beautiful colours and I love the bird stamp very much.
Gorgeous.
Gr. Marja

Anke said...

Wonderful card ... so beautiful

Gez said...

Beautiful card Joanne. Love the contrast between the blue & the dark card.