Merry Misty Melody

I am thrilled to be over  on the Foiled Fox blog again, sharing these sweet little birds. They are from a new Penny Black set, ‘Misty Melody’ and I’ve paired them with one word from  the PB ‘…bright’ die for a wintry scene. By the way there happens to be a 15% discount sale happening until the end of Dec 2 so now is a good time to visit.

I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper as I planned to do a bit of blending on the birds. I made a mask for the birds on the branch by stamping it on some masking paper and cutting it out. For someone who dislikes fussy cutting I seem to have warmed to it a little. With the stamp in my positioner I stamped the birds on branch stamp on the watercolor paper in smokey gray versafine ink and on masking paper.

I chose the Papertrey ink cubes that I have been using over and over to stamp little wreaths and foliage patterns. To watercolour with them I squished dark chocolate, Americana and scarlet jewel onto the glass mat where I could add a drop of water and pick up colour with a paintbrush.  I found an image of a European Robin as my guide and painted the breast with the two red inks, the Americana was too brown, the scarlet jewel too pink but the mix was ideal.  For the wings and tales I used a mix of Americana and dark chocolate and the rest of the body I painted with distress hickory smoke. I went over the beak and eyes with a black micron pen and then painted the branches in a mix of dark chocolate and black soot. Once that dried I went over the birds’ feet with the micron pen.

With all the bird and branch painting done I had to decide whether to paint the background sky or blend it with blending brushes or sponges. As I had the mask ready to go I chose blending brushes and positioned the mask to protect the painted birds and branch. I splattered masking fluid over the whole panel and let it dry. To create snow banks in the foreground I tore the edge off a piece of post-it note to mask just under the birds.

I stuck with the Papertrey ink cubes for the blended sky using mainly ‘blueberry sky’ and a bit of ‘royal velvet’.  As I blended over the masking fluid I could see I was going to have a nice snowy sky. Once the sky color was a deep blue I repositioned the torn mask lower down three more times and blended over it for a soft ‘snowbank’ look. I didn’t have to pick up more ink as there was plenty still on the bristles of the blending brush.

Once all my painting and blending was complete I removed the masking fluid gently by rubbing it with my fingers; it is always very satisfying to see the snowy sky appear. To finish the card I cut two layers of the word MERRY from red cardstock backed with stick-it adhesive sheet and stuck them over the snowbanks. As you can see the letters come out of the die individually, I used the negative piece of cardstock and my magnetic ‘staytion’ and ruler to position them all correctly.

Thank you for dropping by today, all the supplies I used are linked below. I will be back here and on the Foiled Fox blog very soon.


6 Comments on “Merry Misty Melody”

  1. tish rowe says:

    amazing you, again! Your instructions are fantastic and clear. Plus you come up with interesting products that I had no idea were available. I do not live near any stamping stores now so most of what I do has to be ordered on line. You show us products that we can order.
    This is a lovely card and so rich in detail.
    Thank you.

  2. Lagene says:

    BEAUTIFUL, I love your European Robins and lovely snow sky! We just spent a week with kids in Puyallup, Washington and enjoyed Juncos, Sparrows,Purple Finches, Northern Flickers, and a Merlin and so many pretty gray squirrels.

  3. Pat says:

    What a beautiful card Heather and I love that blue snowy sky and the pretty robins are coloured perfectly, and the contrast between the blue and white with a hint of blue for the snow banks is gorgeous. I adore it as robins at Christmas are my no.1 favourite. x

  4. Cyndee Daugherty says:

    Sweet little birds, I’ve noticed on bird-cards that sometimes the designer places a white dot in the bird’s eye and sometimes they don’t. How do you make this determination?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Cyndee,
      So sorry I didn’t respond in a timely manner. A white dot in the eye gives a bit of light or reflection to the eye. I’m not sure that there is a rule about when to include it or not. I usually do so the eye looks bright rather than all dark. If the surrounding colour is all bright then a dark eye would probably provide contrast enough.

      • Cyndee Daugherty says:

        I understand regarding the delayed response, it’s a busy time of the year. Thank you for the comment.

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