Stamping is for the birds part 2

The second installment of my ‘stamping is for the birds‘ series features the Penny Black stamp ‘Winter lookout’ with a little bird on the outside looking in. I have seen a few other beautiful cards using this stamp and wish I had added a little foliage but there is always next time. Take a look at this gorgeous card by Susie Lessard.

I stamped in versafine clair nocturne ink and embossed in clear powder then painted the bird and all the wood with my peerless watercolours. To create variation in the wood I painted with several browns and some warm mustard yellow as well. Once I had finished the woodwork I had to decide how I would do the window. I chose frosty patterns like we often get on our windows in winter so I used the delicate snowflake stamp from the PB set, ‘A bright tomorrow’ to emboss in clear powder. When I painted pale blue into the window area it resisted the snowflake shapes.

I tried a second colour scheme embossed in versafine smokey grey, featuring greys and blues and stamped some pine branches inside the windows as if garlands were hanging there.

I finished both cards with co-ordinating mats and sentiments stamped on little tags from the ‘gift card pocket’ die set. I think I have only once made a gift card pocket but I often use the little tags and banner dies from the set. I added some finer details to both cards with black and brown markers once the painting was all finished as sometimes embossing does not preserve all the definition.

Supplies

Stamps: winter lookout, a bright tomorrow, festive snippets, joy of peace (PB)

Die: gift card pocket (PB)

Ink: versamark, nocturne versafine clair, morning mist versafine clair, northern pine memento

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream, neenah black, kraft, red, olive green

Paint: peerless watercolours

Also: clear embossing powder, brown marker, black marker, twine

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5 Comments on “Stamping is for the birds part 2”

  1. Christine says:

    Your colouring of this lovely stamp is superb. I like the red belly on the second one.

  2. creatingincolors says:

    So sweet!

  3. Theresa Petermann says:

    love your birds Heather. you do such amazing coloring on anything you do. thanks as always for sharing.

  4. Marian says:

    Heather these are so lovely. If I had to choose it would be the yellow birdie – so cute looking in the window. So realistic.

  5. Pat says:

    What a sweet bird image, and adore the two different versions using this lovely stamp Heather, both wonderful watercolours and love the blues and greys, and then the browns with the mustardy golds, both gorgeous. x


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