Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fine Feathered Friend

Eek!  It's just about been a week since my last post!  I'm trying to collect my bearings and get into a routine now that our oldest son has begun Pre-Kindergarten.  I've been fortunate to have been able to stay at home with our children but there is one huge disadvantage - routine.  He attends in the mornings so now it matters when they wake up, eat, and get dressed.  It's definitely a learning curve that I hope to master within the next couple weeks.  Until then my posts will probably be a little off balance so please bear with me!

Today's card is for my husband's birthday.  This 'Walk in the Wild' set was the first set in the new 2013-2014 catalogue that I ordered.  He loves pheasants (I have a truly lovely figurine in my living room to show for it - can you sense my sarcasm??) so I knew this set would come in handy for Birthday and Father's Day. On second thought, perhaps I shouldn't complain about that figurine; after all, he was my inspiration for coloring the image ;)

I found a card on Pinterest that used both these sets in a similar way and I was completely inspired.  I'd been looking at my Fine Feathers set adoringly for quite some time but was stuck in a rut as to what to do with it - these long feathers are perfect pheasant feathers and add an interesting finishing touch!


Stamp sets: Walk in the Wild, Wetlands, Fine Feathers
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Black Staz-On, Cherry Cobbler
Markers: Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky
Accessories: Oval Framelits,  Chevron Embossing Folder, Antique Brads, Large Oval punch, blender pen, White gel pen, Tombow adhesive, Mini glue dots, paper snips

Initially I stamped the pheasant on Whisper White cardstock then colored the image.  I was unhappy with the way the colors were blending so I ended up re-stamping the image onto watercolor paper with Staz-On ink then used the marker layering technique to color it in.  I'm much happier with the result and the shading of light/dark I was able to achieve.  I used the same technique to do the feathers.  I ran a line of So Saffron marker down the center then blended Cajun Craze from the center outwards, with a little Soft Suede in areas for shading purposes.  I cut each feather out and with paper snips cut small sections towards the center of the feather to make them appear a little more life like.

I think this is the beginning of my autumn color inspired cards - I love these color combos!  I'm working on a couple of flower image cards using similar colors that I'll share later on this week - have you left the summer "Brights" behind yet for the autumn "Regal" tones??

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