Friday, February 19, 2016

Herringbone Bird

Bluebirds will always hold a special place in my heart, even if it is just a rendition of one colored with colored pencils.

I was inspired by the gorgeous, geometric pattern image at Pinterest Inspired Challenge. So... I started by applying a light sponging of yellow ink onto the corner of a white cardstock panel. I then added a herringbone pattern with a stencil and embossing paste, applying the paste heavily at the top of the panel and less towards the bottom. I then colored (with colored pencils) and fussy cut a digital bird stamp and mounted it to the dried, geometric panel, which was then edged with black marker and adhered to a white card base. I finished the card with a stamped sentiment.

The Whipped Spackle was quite fun to work with. It's really soft looking after it hardens, kind of tricks the eye! I could have mixed some yellow ink into the paste, but I knew I wanted the yellow to show underneath the pattern, to make the pattern stand out more.

I'm also adding this to A Day for Daisies Challenge: Add a Touch of Wood!

Supplies Used:
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock 
A Day for Daisies Freehand Bird Image
MISTIPrismaColor Colored Pencils 
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Faber Castell Whipped Spackle
Tuxedo Memento Black Marker Dual Tip
Dreamweaver Palette Knife 
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink 
Cutterbee Scissors
Dreamweaver Herringbone Stencil
The Craft's Meow Hope Blooms (retired)

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  1. I have always loved your bird card, this is not exception. Love the subtle background and pretty colors of the bird! Wish you a restful weekend!

  2. This is lovely Karen! You can totally see how you were inspired by the pattern image.

  3. Karen the inspiration shines right through your card. I love the herringbone and the tweet bird!

  4. Oh, this is fantastic! Love the buttery herringbone background!

  5. Put this on the favorites list. I love this card.

  6. So sweet! Love that darling bluebird! It's been a long time since I've used paste on a card. Thanks for a beautiful reminder of what it can do!

  7. What a wonderful take on that challenge- your birds are always magnificent!

  8. Oh, this is so fun! Wonderful take on the inspiration photo!

  9. love the background and such a handsome bird. GREAT card!!

  10. love your coloring and the subtle pattern in the background - thanks for sharing your creation at A Day for Daisies

  11. Hi Karen, the blue bird is just beautiful. I love the texture background as well. Thanks so much for joining us a Pinterest Inspired Challenge!

  12. The colouring on your bird is awesome! Thanks for joining the challenge over at A Day for Daisies (Add a Touch of Wood). Please join us again soon.
    Jen Leeflang