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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday Sketch Challenge at SplitCoastStampers

Here is my card for the sketch challenge today at SplitCoastStampers. When I participate in these I usually go through my book of images I have and try to find one that fits in the focal area of the sketch and then I go from there. Well, today I happened upon this Chickadee stamp that I had. It's by The Uptown Design Company. Isn't it adorable?? Chickadees happen to be my most favorite bird. We use to have TONS of them in our yard until straight line winds took our HUGE pine tree down. Now it's rare we see any. That tree was alive with birds any time of the year. And the bird fights in the tree were UNREAL too! It was a 60+ foot Blue Spruce that was the most perfect straight and beautiful tree. It was SO sad to see it go.

Ok, back to the card. I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it in with a blender pen. I use my white gel pen for the snow flakes and as a last resort (because the gel pen was fading into the paper) I used a tooth brush and some white acrylic paint for the snow. And I didn't bother to cover my laptop so it's full of little white speckles!!! They won't hurt it and it's ok because it's SO old it's on it's last legs!!! A fresh dotting of paint never hurts!!! LOL

I used Not Quite Navy for the middle layer and for the last layer I used some decorative snowflake paper I had gotten at Michael's. I used a piece of white card stock and ran it through the Cuttlebug snowflake folder. I put it all together and added a few clear dew drops to the Not Quite Navy card stock. There was no room for bows or ribbons. And the optional piece I was going to have a "Merry Christmas" on it and punch it out with a round punch and a larger punch for a layer behind it but the placing of the bird and branches didn't allow that to look nice on the card. So I just kept the bird as the focal part and was pleased with the end results.
This stamp is for sale more information can be found here.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,


Anonymous said...

Your bird card is beautiful, Wanda. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I love the colors also.


Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

your card is adorable. I actually thought the bird image was a print. Love the effect of the paint as snow.

reeree62 said...

WOW, you did an amazing job on this card!!! I love the way the snow came out! So, so beautiful!

ThreadCatcher said...

Lovely card. You do wonderful work. Thanks for sharing. jmnigger

*Susan* said...

Wanda, this card is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you created the falling snow! The stamp is adorable!!

I love to watch our feathered friends, and right now, we have lots of chickadees, nuthatches, tufted titmice, goldfinches, and Eastern bluebirds visiting our yard. Of course, our 2 feline chilren enjoy watching them as well!

Unknown said...

I love this card, the coloring of the image is simply beautiful and your color combo WOW. Great job!

I can't get to your yard sale page, says page not found...