Snowy flight

This sweet little bird shivering on a branch is called ‘snowy flight’, it’s a recent stamp from Penny Black. I started by painting and stamping the whole stamp on a larger panel but ended up zooming in with a circle die. I have framed it with a tartan or plaid panel stamped with Concord & 9th’s ‘plaid’ stamp set. I was in two minds about the patterned framing but I like how warm and cozy the plaid looks, a bit of a contrast to the little bird I’m afraid!

Both the bird and the plaid I stamped on hot pressed watercolour paper that I had splattered with masking fluid earlier. Before stamping the bird I splashed and splotched some diluted ‘chipped sapphire’ distress ink over the panel to create a bit of sky. I added more at the end when I had finished painting the bird, branches and berries. I kept the stamp and panel in the stamp positioner so I could ink the stamp with distress markers, stamp it then blend with a paintbrush. The branches are ground espresso or gathered twigs, the berries and bird’s breast are ‘festive berries’ and the rest of the bird is hickory smoke and black soot.

To create the plaid background (does anybody else call it ‘tartan’?) I stamped the large stamp in hickory smoke ink then blended over it with water to soften the look and cover any white areas. Once that was dry I added the red lines with festive berries ink. I definitely did this one in the stamp positioner so I could move the panel and keep the line stamp in one place. Removing the masking fluid is always very satisfying, it revealed tiny white flecks on the plaid and bigger ‘snowflakes’ on the bird panel.

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10 Comments on “Snowy flight”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Absolutely charming! Beautiful artistry. I am in awe of all your art pieces, but this one especially takes my breath away. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Helene Lacroix says:

    Well………..lots of beautiful trees and birds and much more…….hum what will it be…This little guy is really really cute. Take care

  3. Lagene says:

    Beautiful creation, the plaid background is perfect for this lovely winter bird!

  4. Bonnie says:

    This sweet bird looks so snug and cozy framed in plaid! I love the way you’ve colored the bird and berries with the “snow” flurry around them!

  5. Christine Holdsworth says:

    This is a beautiful card. An English Robin – adorable. I definitely call it tartan!

  6. Karen Jackson says:

    I have this snowy flight stamp Heather and like what you have done with Robin.I definitely use the term tartan, not plaid.

  7. Pat says:

    This is such a great idea using this as the background to the pretty robin on a branch which is coloured beautifully as usual Heather. It would appear, having looked it up that a ‘tartan’ has stripes which meet at a 90 degree angle, the vertical stripes being exact duplicates of the horizontal, whereas in a ‘plaid’ the size, colour or pattern can differ and the stripes are not the same in both directions. Where that leaves your background I’m not sure, but personally I think that is more of a check, just to be different…lol. Whatever it is a fantastic card. x

  8. Cyndee Daugherty says:

    Your plaid background looks so special with this sweet bird. I confess I thought it was designer pattern paper at first, nicely done!

  9. Jo-Anne says:

    I love this card! It certainly makes me want both of those stamps 😉

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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