Blue bird houses

blue birdhouse Heather Telford

It’s all about blue on my card today.  I used chipped sapphire distress ink  for all but the sentiment and managed to get different blues by diluting some areas more than others. I inked the stamp with distress stain which made the print very juicy and perfect for the watercolour effect. I used a wet paintbrush to pull the colour in from the stamped outline. I also stamped the music in chipped sapphire ink and splattered a few drops of water to soften the notes and staff. To frame the panel I sponged around the edges. I stamped the sentiment in versafine majestic blue because versafine does sentiments so very nicely. I had some polka dot ribbon on hand so cut the sentiment strip and ribbon ends to match and layered them with a die cut flower on top.

 blue bird with china Heather Telford

The colour scheme reminded me of the willow pattern china bowl my mother often used for fruit salad (probably still does) I wasn’t sure whether I owned any willow pattern but I checked my tea cups and saucers and found one which I popped in the background of the second photo.


Stamps: Good Neighbors, Happy Snippets, Footnotes (PB)
Dies:  Layered Flower (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire distress stain and ink (Ranger) Majestic Blue Versafine ink
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton cold pressed watercolour paper, Neenah patriot blue cardstock
Also: Polka dot ribbon

13 Comments on “Blue bird houses”

  1. trinkababe says:

    Love the blues! I am inspired!

  2. MJ GELTZ says:

    I am one who is partial to blues and this card definitely pleased my eye. I think the black ribbons at the bottom are a bit distracting for me. But the rest of the card gets a thumbs up!

  3. Lynn Leduc says:

    Really cute.

  4. Yet another beautiful card, love it.

  5. Jan Castle says:

    Lovely collage Heather… do them so well!!,
    Paper Hugs,

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely card, Heather. I like the combination of stamps you’ve used to create the collage and the colour is beautiful. I’ve been catching up on previous posts too and I love your alcohol inked pieces. Elizabeth xx

  7. cherylquilts says:

    Oh, Heather!!! I LOVE blue, and what a sweet image and so beautiful with the musical background! Love this card!! Hugs!

  8. canadiancaroline says:

    Love the whimsical blue-willow effect! Monochromatic stamping can be so striking.

  9. Lindsey says:

    This is beautiful in blue! It is very reminiscent of blue willow pattern china.

  10. Clelie says:

    What a beautiful blue card!…and I was trying to think of a way to “finish off” a card I’m working on and love the polka dot ribbon idea! I must say…you always put such perfect backgrounds behind your cards when you post…I notice and love it!

  11. Lieve says:

    This card is a beauty; a real eye-catcher ! Great colouring; everything fits perfect together. Love it !

  12. ND says:

    Yes! The bowl is still used. Do remember it was used by your grandmother prior to current usage?
    Congratulations! Another delightful design!

  13. Pat says:

    How pretty Heather and this has the look of collage and the chipped sapphire ink works perfectly here. x

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