Monday, December 05, 2011

2-Step Bird Punch Stencil

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  It's A Beautiful Day If You Think It Is!
On Saturday it was snowing - Buddy's favorite weather!  We decided to go out for a morning walk and the snow was about 5 inches deep and still coming down.  It was peaceful and quiet - very few cars driving around the neighborhood so early on a Saturday morning.  We finally came upon one man walking his dog - a small husky named Kona.  Buddy and Kona said hello and the man turned to me and said, "Beautiful day, isn't it!"  It was a statement - not really a question.  I agreed that it was gorgeous out and then, as Buddy and I went on our way, I began to think about the day and how there were likely people out there who would not have agreed with us.  For some, Saturday's weather would have seemed inconvenient - maybe even downright miserable!  Not for us.  It is a beautiful day is you think it is!  It matters not what others might think about the day...or so much more for that matter.  It is beautiful - if that's what you think!
Today's card began with the idea of using the 2-step bird punch as a stencil and combining that with a stamp.  I began by punching the bird out of a piece of scrap paper and adhering it to the Whisper White card stock with drafting tape.
Next I took a flourish stamp from the Tiny Tags stamp set and stamped it again and again with Crumb Cake ink.
I then repeated the same stamping using Chocolate Chip ink.
And finally Early Espresso ink.
When I went to remove the drafting tape things didn't go as planned.  The tape pulled up some of the card stock.  But I decided to just go with it!  So I masked off the bird and grabbed some Blushing Bride ink and began sponging all over the card.  Next I took a Crumb Cake marker and placed it in the color spritzer tool and did a bit of spritzing!  I removed the mask and began to build the nest with punched out branches from the 2-step bird punch.  The greeting was the next to be added - a word from Fabulous Phrases stamped using Early Espresso ink.  I felt the card needed a bit more color so I cut off the bottom and then cut a piece of Rose Red card stock.  I ran the Rose Red panel through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I then used the scallop edge punch to scallop the card before adhering the Rose Red panel to the underside of the front of the card with glue.  It was fun to let the drafting tape take me in a new direction :)  I hope you like it!

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

This bird is beautiful and I was wondering about the textured background. What a great accident!