Saturday, January 17, 2009

CC201 Artistic Outpost Bird Song

Okay, if you've been reading my blog long you know I'm really not big on birds or black. I'm trying to change my ways. I wore an awesome black velvet jean jacket all day today, and I'm still in one piece. On this card there are teeny tiny birds - I'm taking baby steps here people. The blue bird of happiness is a good place to start, I think.

I used Artistic Outpost's Serenity stamp set here. I've used other pieces of this set, but not this particular stamp. I have no excuse. None. I love the sentiment. It reminds me that there isn't always a reason to every miniscule detail of my life. I believe all things happen for the good and that's a promise I stand on and will live and die for, but sometimes things just happen and I can't be overly analytical about it all. Sometimes, the birds sing just 'cause. God is really very good that way.

I coloured the stamp with markers. I used SU! markers everywhere except the sentiment. My mistake. I used an Adirondack marker and coloured the sentiment first, then using SU! markers I coloured the rest of the image. I misted the stamp with water then stamped the image. The sentiment didn't stamp. There was a blank space where the sentiment should have been. WHO KNEW!!!! So I coloured the sentiment with a SU! marker, used a samj, and restamped the sentiment where it belonged. I highlighted with a white gel pen, and sponged around the edges.

I used megabilities curved rectangles and yes, I traced the inside of the cutting die and cut it out by hand to get more layers. My oldest DD couldn't believe I did that, but I really wanted more layers.

I sing because I chose to not because I have to.

stamps; serenity (artistic outpost)
paper; baja breeze, creamy caramel, not quite navy (SU!), granola (basic grey), sea salt swiss dot (bazzill)
ink; tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain (distress ink by ranger)
accessories; jumbo eyelets (we r memory keepers), white satin ribbon (offray), plumeria dew drops (the robin's nest), white gel pen (sakura), markers (SU!), megabilities curved rectangles (spellbinders), flowers (prima), self adhesive rhinestones (unknown)


i {heart} papers said...

Holy cow! That's A LOT OF cutting! Nice job! You have way more patience than I do!!

BeckyTE said...

I really like this card, Loretta. It is so classy and artistic. Your cutting on those layers is really great! I thought they had come out with another set of dies to fill in the gaps. I would buy it if they did as I don't think I could ever cut like this by hand. Thanks for sharing your art and thoughts.

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