Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Happy Heart & Spring Dawn

2 New cards from the "Birds" Stamps from Elusive Images - sorry I keep calling them the "Birds" as I don't know what the plate will be called yet. Just to show that although the theme plate shows black images - you don't have to stamp these birds in black. You can alter the colours in both cards to suit your own colour scheme.

The first is Happy Heart

This card stated with an off white piece of card which was then coloured using DTP with Tim Holtz Aged Paper and an odd turquoise ink pad. Over the top I used the long stamp from the "Fantasy Floral" themeplate in alternating directions in Anna Griffin Chocolate ink. After inking the edges with the turquoise ink I then mounted it on to a 15cm square card. The topper again started as an off white piece of card which was first stamped over with one of the "Damask Backgrounds" themeplate. The bird was stamped with the Turquoise ink ( with some of the chocolate on the branch ) and then clear embossed. A soft turquoise inked edge before using some of the flourishes from the "Birds" stamps around the edges. The flowers and the filigree in the Bird were coloured in gold with a Sakura pen. The matting was the off white card inked using the turquoise for the top and then another in chocolate for the bottom mat. The sentiment is from the "Words of Wisdom" themeplate which was stamped in the turquoise and then clear embossed. Again matted and layered over inked edged mats. Finally an organza ribbon and three wooden flowers to finish.

Now for ................

Spring Dawn ...

So how's that for colourful ? Yey - Stampbord again !!!

First the main card is an A5 landscape pastel green, the back matting is a white card stock with an inked edge in a summer blue ( from a clearance set of 60 ink pads for a £5 ) , the main background white card stock was first DTP with the summer blue and a soft yellow ink, where the blue and yellow meet it gives a natural soft green hue. This was then stamped over first with the floral spray from the "Floral Damask" themeplate in a whispers baby blue ink, this gave the soft image I was after - more like a shadow stamp. Random filigree swirls were added around the edges wherever I felt like popping them. The "Oval Stampbord" was DTP ( suppose that should read Direct to Stampbord DTS ) and the Bird stamp was stamped in Versafine Olympia green. As this remains wet on Stampbord I embossed it with clear powder and added some more branches to the lower of the oval - again all embossed. I used the "Scratch Tool" to etch into the design and then recoloured using red, orange and yellow inks. The oval edge was sanded back a little. The top background layer for the Stampbord piece was a white piece of card stock, a soft yellow ink was dusted over then stamped again with one of the "Damask Backgrounds" themeplate in the Baby blue whispers ink. Flourishes from the "Birds" stamps to the corners in the summer blue and inked around the edges. This was matted on to a piece of white card stock which had the edges inked over with the yellow and blue.

The greeting comes from "Joanna Sheen - from the Serendipity range" stamped in the blue and clear embossed over a DTP matted layer again matted on to an inked edge layer. The flower is held in place with one of the Large eyelets from Crop-A-Dile.

I'll explain about the flower in another post - make them yourself for pennies !!!

PLEASE REMEMBER - Glendas Blog Candy Give-Away for the "Unicorn" stamps Ends at Midnight Saturday 6th September - if you want to be entered your must leave a comment on the "BLOG CANDY" post to be in with a chance of winning !


Phree said...

Wow, these are glorious, I love Spring Dawn best, it positively glows!

Anonymous said...

YUM-MEEEE! I do hope you're going to bring these cards with you to the open day, we want to see them in the flesh!


Beryl (bik59) said...

Wow beautiful work, fantastic stamps
Beryl x

veronica said...

really gorgeous cards, adore the spring dawn one

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

Gorgeous cards - love them both.

InkyArtitude said...

Oooooo Tweetylicious! Very inspiring work, lovely use of inks and colour - I'm impressed. Please bring them with you to the open day, I want to stroke them!

craftimamma said...

Oh Deby, I love these. Once again two inspirational pieces of work.

I'm so envious of your visit to crafting heaven this weekend.