Birds of a Feather

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2020

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All this rain has been keeping me indoors. I have been doing a lot of baking, but that just tempts me to eat more. Better to make cards.

I used a feather stencil to create the backgrounds for these 2 cards.

For the top sample, I sprayed shimmer inks through the stencil, which is why the design is not crisp, as ink always seems to seep beneath. I was after a soft watercolour abstract sort of look, so happy with the result.

For the card below, I first sprayed a white card with blue ink. Dried it, then placed the stencil over and sponged yellow ink through. I then ran a turquoise pen around the edge of each feather to better define them.

stamps: small birds F.0226 by Magenta; Song bird by Concord & 9th ; Happy Birthday wordings both by Stamp-it

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One Cockatoo

Susan Robinson
May 3, 2020

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My third card using this cockatoo die from Alexandra Renke. I pushed all the bits from the leaves out, and a few from the main body fell out which I didn’t bother to put back in. I coloured the leaves and branch, but wasn’t really happy with that result, so added some flowers and a real stick over branch area. When I went to dot the eye with the Black Accent, it smudged! Aaagh! So I just enlarged it to give him a large black eye, then placed a clear rhinestone in center, and put a dot in the middle of that.

The background I created with alcohol inks – Aqua, Latte, Lettuce and Oregano. The script is from a Bo Bunny ‘It is Written’ stamp set.

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Two Cockatoo

Susan Robinson
May 1, 2020

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This Cockatoo bird die from Alexandra Renke is my latest acquisition. Just having a play with the effects of leaving the bits in or out.

In the card with the yellow full body, I sponged the inside pieces before gluing them back into place. I applied Liquid Pearls to the leaves and talons, using Black Accent dot for the eye.

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Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020

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I found this fabulous stamp on marketplace being sold by a local lady who was no longer crafting. It’s called ‘Wren on Banksia’ 382L by Annaleey Crafts in South Australia. I tried to find them, but like so many companies, they seem to have disappeared.

These inky backgrounds were left over from some of my Christmas cards. I had put them aside as I felt they were a bit dark. Perfect for these cards though! They were done with variations of Distress Stain Sprays: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

The wrens and banksia were coloured in using watercolour pencils. I then added some lines of thin glue to ridges of the banksia before applying Ultrafine Flowersoft ‘Sand’ to create texture. Glossy Accents were used to highlight seedpods and birds eye and beak.

The Australian bush background and wording with above card are both by Stamp-it. Rather than stamp the bush background as a whole, I stamped the left and right sides of the image onto the opposing sides of the card (hope that makes sense). I first masked off the bird though so as not to have unwanted lines going across it when stamping the background on top. To do this just stamp the bird onto some scrap paper, cut it out, then sit it over stamped bird image to protect/mask it.

The Ancient Proverb wording with bluer card below is by Penny Black.

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Purple Kookaburra

Susan Robinson
March 13, 2019

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This ‘Kookaburra on a Branch’ die (by Paper Rose) is my latest acquisition, though personally I feel his beak is not long enough. I have matched it with their “Gumleaves #2” die. The purple/blue background is from my reject box, a shaving cream experiment gone wrong. I never throw anything away, even if it’s ugly, as it could be just what I’m looking for one day.

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Birds of Summer

Susan Robinson
February 10, 2019

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Doesn’t this weather just make you glad to be alive!! I love summer! So many things you can do when the sun is shining. Of course it’s best to get up early and do them before it gets too hot, haha. Change of theme now with some bird cards using Concord & 9th’s Songbird stamp set.

The first card idea was taken from Karen Baker, and the inspiration for me buying the stamp set in the first place, so I had to have a go at replicating it
(her version is better). With my not-so-great eyesight, I sometimes struggle to stay in the lines, but when trying to deliberately go over to create a loose watercolour effect, I struggle with that as well! Never mind, thought I’d share it with you anyway in case you hadn’t seen her lovely version on Pinterest. The technique of only colouring in a highlighted section of a design is very effective and one I occasionally use myself. It helped to get my creative juices flowing, then I branched out with my own layouts, incorporating in some of them, dies and stamps from other companies.

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Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018

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Still playing with alcohol inks. When I do backgrounds, I usually make a batch of them at a time so I have some ready prepared in the event I need to make a quick card. Saves time. Plus inks can be messy and I’m not always in the mood or dressed appropriately.

die: ‘Bird on Wire Fence’ 17403 by Paper Rose Studio

stamp: Happy Birthday 3320C by Stamp-it

alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rust, Stream, Lettuce, Oregano

Create alcohol ink background. This is always a serendipitous journey. Even if using the same colour inks, each time you swipe it through, you will get a different result. I love it!

I cut out the complete die twice, and then the bird only a 3rd time.

I wanted to use a combination of silver, gold and copper Fab Foils over the wire. I thought they would compliment all the colours in the background and be a bit more arty. I did each colour separately, appling glue to the places that I wanted silver, setting aside to dry, appling the silver Fab Foil, then the same again for the gold, then the copper. A bit more time consuming but not so messy.

Once I had foiled all the wire, I Magic Mounted the die onto my alcohol ink background. I then took my 2nd copy of the die – cut off all the wire, leaving only the fence posts and bird with grass along bottom, and Magic Mounted this over original. The extra bird I had cut, I edged with white ink, then Magic Mounted it over others.

I decided to loop some real silver wire into place over the paper spirals for a more realistic effect. I secured into place behind posts.

I stamped and embossed birthday wording in silver onto light green card, sponged sepia ink around, then matted onto black corrugated card and glued into position at top right of card.

I matted card front onto black card, then onto Butterscotch folded backing card.

 

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Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018

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Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.

 

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Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018

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Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black

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Bird in Cage

admin
May 21, 2016

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I created this background using alcohol inks on kromekote (gloss) card. I first made concertina folds along just the edges of the card. You could carefully measure and score lines with a ruler for a neater look, but I was after a more relaxed, almost grungy look, so just folded roughly, making folds different lengths. I rubbed Blending Solution over with a sponge, then a light orange. Working quickly, I dribbled various colours of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange, Eggplant & Meadow) along folds, tilting the card to make them run along ridges created by folds. They dry very quickly.

Stamps: Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440, Lovely day wording siset046 from Stamp-It

Dies: Mini Bird & Cage set siz657207newest 002

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