Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Little Birdie Told Me.....

It's time to celebrate! or is it (sale-a-brate???)

I actually made this card yesterday for an online color challenge of real red, ballet blue and apricot appeal. Apricot appeal????? How could I incorporate those colors on one card? The real red and ballet blue were great but apricot? I sat and thought and thought.....what stamp set could I use with those colors? It hit me.....use A Little Birdie Told Me...I can make those cute birdies any color I would like to. And besides, I haven't even mounted it was screaming to me to be inked up! I grabbed my craft and rubber scissors and went at it.

I decided the first step would be to make my main image and work backwards. Sometimes I work from base up, sometimes from a side panel and then up or back....I don't have a real rhyme or reason to how I create....I just start. But this card would start at the main image.

I stamped the small birdie on watercolor paper with black staz-on ink and then made a "mask" for it on a sticky note. I laid the mask over the birdie and used my stamp a ma jig to line up the larger birdie where I wanted it. I wanted it to look like the small bird was whispering in the ear of the larger bird. Does it?

I used my stampin' write markers, ink refills and my beloved aquapainter to color in the image. In my opinion, colored images look one dimensional and "flat" if there isn't some sort of shadow around the image. For this card, I highlighted around the birdies with sahara sand and made shadows under the birdies with basic grey using an aquapainter. Here is a close up of the main image panel:

Notice the party hat on the ballet blue panel and on the sentiment? It is from the same set! How cute!
The rest is probalbly self explanitory....if not...fell free to contact me, I'd love to hear from you!

stamp set: a little birdie told me
card stock: ballet blue, real red, apricot appeal, whisper white, watercolor paper, basic black
ink: black staz-on, ballet blue, night of navy, apricot appeal, more mustard, sahara sand, basic grey
accessories: mat pack and piercer, red gingham ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, stampin' dimensionals

edited to add: i realize now that i forgot to color in their little beaks....they are colored in with only orange....sorry ;)


VA from PA said...

These chick are just too cute

mommy0f4 said...

very cute! I am loving those birds!