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!

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)

Cryogen white
Hot press watercolour paper

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

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!


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

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 said...

This is a wonderful card and love the colours and effect

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous card XOXO Zoe

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

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

Anke said...

Wonderful card ... so beautiful

Gez Butterworth said...

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