Monday, 25 February 2013

Quirky Bird

Please note my BLOG CANDY post is HERE.

The challenge this week with Simon Says Stamp and Show is to use a stamp we love but don't use. Any stamper has at least one, or in my case several that have never been inked. It could be a new purchase or a stamp you have had for years. The challenge this week is to use that stamp or several stamps and use in your project in some way.


I decided to create a quirky card this week using the Hero Arts Birds and Branches stamp.
I spent quite a while looking through my cupboards at stamps I have never used and to be honest I was quite embarrassed and have now decided to put that right beginning with this challenge. 2013 will be the year I use all those neglected stamps. Simon Says Stamp Large Heart Craft Die came to my rescue for my background, spritzed with postbox red Dylusions ink spray adding sea salt into the mix for added interest along with vibrant turquoise to add a second pop of colour. A touch of lace using the Vintage Lace die adds a feminine touch and grounds the bird. I don't think this bird will be neglected in the future!
To create the background I cut several hearts from card using the Simon Says Stamp large heart craft die, lay each heart onto watercolour card and then spritz with postbox red spray ink and whilst the ink was wet I sprinkled some sea salt over the top and set aside to dry. Once completely dry remove the hearts and the sea salt. A second piece of card was coloured with vibrant turquoise ink spray, again sprinkled with sea salt and used for all my stamping. I stamped the quirky bird onto the inked watercolour card cut out and added to my card, stamping the bird a second time, cutting out his chest and adding to the first image for dimension. I added one of the hearts I used for the background and added to his chest. I added SOAR using an Adage Ticket, colouring with fired brick Distress Ink for further interest. I also gave the quirky bird a crown cut from the coloured card using the mini crown and fleur de lis die.
I cut the birds from the coloured card using the Sizzix Birds On A Wire strip die, another item I have used for the first time. I added the birds to the top of my card. Before adding any elements to my card I did add faux stitching to some of the hearts using a fired brick Distress Marker. I added a second heart to the top of my card, again from the background I created, adding FLY cut using the Typeset Alphabet strip die. I also added FLY again to one of the other hearts.
BIRD has been added to the bottom of my card using Alpha Parts which adds another dimension and texture to my card. The lace strip has been secured in place using the tiny attacher. Chitchat stickers have been added to a couple of the hearts, coloured with peacock feathers Distress Ink.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 



Products Used:

Simon Says Stamp Large Heart Craft Die
Dylusions Ink Sprays - Postbox Red, Vibrant Turquoise
Tim Holtz Alterations - Vintage Lace Strip Die, Typeset Alphabet Sizzlits Die, Mini Crown and Fleur Die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Alpha Parts, Chitchat Stickers, Adage Tickets
Hero Arts Birds and Branches Stamp Set
Sizzix Birds On A Wire Decorative Strip Die
Distress Markers - Fired Brick
Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Fired Brick
Black Archival Ink
Tiny Attacher



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Helen said...

I have lots of stamps I love and don't use, lol!!! Your work is gorgeous as always.

Paula Whittaker said...

That colour combination is a knockout...fab

Sue said...

I have that bird stamp somewhere too! I have used it but not very often....you are right he is quirky! Like that bird stip die too!

Kaz Brown said...

gorgeous card, I love the stamp you've used (or never used lol) and the colours are fantastic together!

Candy C said...

Tracy...I love your quirky card! it's so cute! Love your Postbox Red background with the Simon Says heart die used as a stencil in the background. What a cute idea! Your birds are darling! I'd not seen the birds on a wire die strip. What a perfect use for it on this card! Love the big bird with the crown and red heart on her chest. And I love the color of the birds! That teal looks so amazing against the red! As always, you do such wonderful work! <3 Candy

Suzanne C said...

Ms. Queen of Hearts! what a lovely design with the birds, hearts and happy bright colors. What's not to love! Fabulous project as always! Have a great day flower!

Buttons said...

Love the use of sea salt and these fabulous colours Tracy. I can see why you would now choose to use this stamp in future. Hugs, Jenny x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Wonderfully whimsical stamp choice and the colour palette adds that the whimsy.
Such a fabulous card.
Wishes
Lynne

Sandra said...

What a lovely card, Tracy! The blue with red is such a awesome color combo! Really clever to make masks with the hearts! Fabulous! Hugs, Sandra

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Tracy, I love how you made this set your own!! So cute & so YOU!! Great card!!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Brenda Brown said...

Oh this card really packs a punch Tracy, the impact of those colours ...... well they are just darn gorgeous and I love those stamps you have used.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Maura said...

What a fun card. Great use of color.

Anita Houston said...

No need to be embarrassed!lol! Gorgeous pieces! Love the red and turquoise, and that bird is so stinking cute! Love this Tracy...more hearts...so perfect!

Barb Cady said...

You are so right, I have lots of stamps unused, you have inspired me to get stamping with them! I love this bird and the birds in the wire, fab technique on the background, thanks heaps for this. Hugs, barb x

Redanne said...

Really love that quirky bird and she looks gorgeous with the heart and crown and her wonderful colouring. The birds on a wire are a must have die now! Anne x

Juls said...

fabulous!! Love the red and teal together! hugs Juls

butterfly said...

Sheer delight - a real quirky treat!
Alison x

soapHOUSEmama said...

Gorgeous! Love that red and green together!