Just the birds

Recently I posted two cards featuring the Penny Black set, ‘wreath & wings‘, one including the birds and the other without. On today’s card it’s just the birds, no wreath. The set has three bird stamps so I stamped one flying then the other three birds waiting for him to arrive.

I stamped the birds in pumice stone distress ink then added some candied apple with a marker before blending the two colours to fill most of each bird. I use black soot for the beaks and eyes and sketched a little branch for the birds to sit on which I filled with gathered twigs ink (of course).

I added the sentiment from the PB set ‘Christmas feeling’ stamped in archival ground espresso ink. It’s such a simple panel I decided to pop it up on the card base but even then it got a little lost. I embossed it with the Taylored Expressions ‘weathered’ folder which gave it enough texture to make it stand out from the base. It’s been a while since I entered a challenge but this one is going to the CAS Christmas ‘Non-traditional Colours Challenge. Brown and grey are hardly traditional for Christmas but I think they worked pretty well especially with a touch of red!

The excitement continues for me today as my new online class, WINTER WONDER is now available. To find out more just click to my previous post where you can get a glimpse of the class content and enter a giveaway if you like. Speaking of giveaways, Penny Black has one right now to celebrate their new release; you can enter on their blog.

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9 Comments on “Just the birds”

  1. boilermom27 says:

    That is just lovely!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Sweet little birds, Heather! Beautifully colored and perfect for a Christmas card!

  3. Pat says:

    What a gorgeous CAS card Heather and love the sweet birds on the branch you drew yourself, and all coloured in such great colours. The sentiment goes beautifully too. x

  4. Trina P. says:

    Such a sweet Winter scene. Your watercoloring is so soft and pretty. Love the subtle embossed script background. Thank you for joining us at CAS Christmas.

  5. Janet S. says:

    Beautiful choice of color, shading and balance. This reminds me of Christmas/Winter cards from the 1950’s that I found in my mom’s things. Delightful!

  6. Beautiful Heather, love the little scene with the four birds and the delicate embossed background. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas.

  7. lollthompson says:

    Sweet card Heather! LOVE those adorable birds. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas. I have just signed up for your winter class. 🙂 So excited!! xx


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