Afternoon peeps, lovely sunny day here in Michigan today.  Plenty of blue sky and sunshine and a wonderful high of 1C!  Yes, a bit nippy but so beautiful though, it really feels like Spring is almost here for us, it’s been a long, long, long winter this year!!  This morning we met friends of ours for a walk in a local park and then a spot of lunch afterwards.  And although they tell you not to do it, if you take along a little bag of birdseed this happens:

Those are very cute little birds called Chickadees.  They’re a lot like the Tit birds we have in the UK but they have a really distinctive call like a little squeeky toy…. chickadee-dee-dee.  They’re one of our most common little birds in Michigan and they stay here all year round so must be pretty hardy!  We put out bird food, fat blocks and a heated bird bath all winter; and the heated bird bath isn’t to give them their own little spa, it’s because our temperatures are so low in the winter the water would freeze solid without it!

But, you’re here for a card.  I made a card yesterday for Less Is More using this same technique that I saw Shari Carroll using on the Hero Arts blog and wanted to do it again, so I dug out the best PB for the job and came up with this.

The theme this week is Recycling, so I recycled the vellum/rice paper inner from a gift bag and also cut down one of those cardboard coffee sleeves you get if you get coffee to go.  This is the inner of the sleeve and I inked it with Vintage Photo for a bit of interest.  Although you can’t make is out very well the main panel has an embossed script stamp as the base layer, with ink applied by dabbing it on a clear stamping block, misting it with water and pressing down on the card a couple of times, followed by a scroll type stamp that had first been stamped off, and finally mixing inks on the Penny Black stamp and  misting with water before stamping.  It’s all done on water colour paper so it really soaks up the inks nicely.  I put Stickles in the flower centres, edged it with Vintage Photo and wrapped some lace around it before matting with red card.  Here’s a close up:

Added the button and a bit of twine and called it done!  I’m almost out of water colour card though, I really think I’ll be buying some more, this a wonderful fun and inky technique.

Card Recipe:

  • Card: Blank free from a magazine ~ The Paper Company water colour card ~ Canson red artists card
  • DP: Recycled gift packaging ~ Recycled coffee sleeve
  • Stamps: Penny Black Daisy Fields ~ Stampabilities Le London Script ~ Inkadinkado Dot Swirls
  • Inks: DI Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint & Victorian Velvet ~ Memento Red Brick ~ Versafine
  • Embellies: Lace from JoAnn ~ Twine from Michaels ~ Fruit Punch Stickles ~ Button from Rhonna Farrer ~ Brads from Making Memories



Penny Black Saturday Challenge ~ Recycling