I bought this stencil a while back on a whim because - well - it had birds. I've been waiting for the right occasion to break it out and this TIME OUT challenge seemed to fit the bill. The theme is:
"Birds of a Feather Flock Together"
TIME OUT is such a great challenge - I really like that each challenge lasts a fortnight. We know how busy life can get, and two weeks gives enough time to play along. Check out TIME OUT here:
For the first card, I inked the birds through the stencil using some bright colours of Distress Inks. I then die cut the curve using the Pretty Pink Posh die. I felt that the background looked too stark so I used the stencil to trace the birds onto some Post-It tape and fussy cut them to make some bird masks. I then masked the birds and stamped the French Text background stamp onto the background. I gave the birds a little shimmer with some Wink of Stella and then mounted the panel on a Slate card. It was finished off with a white heat embossed Hero Arts sentiment. As a side note, I think this is my most used sentiment stamp - it is so generic that the card can be used for so many different occasions - perfect for cards that I like to keep on hand in case something comes up and I don't have time to make a card specifically for it.
For the second card, I broke out my new metallic Distress Stains and I created the background panel using them and a large flat brush. You can't see it in the photo but it is super shimmery in real life. I then used some embossing paste through the stencil to create the birds - when the paste was still wet, I applied some Rock Candy Glitter to the birds. I used the same die as the first card but I cut the panel at an angle. I did the same thing with a layer of vellum, and I mounted them on a card base made from DCWV Shimmer paper. I finished off by white heat embossing the greeting. This card is so shimmery that when you rotate it in the light, the birds disappear - it is quite cool but unfortunately, it can't be captured with the camera (or at least not by this photographer!).
Stencil: Dina Wakley - Birds In Flight
Stamps: Impression Obsession - French Text; Hero Arts - Good Friends ; Clearly Besotted - Say It In Style
Die: Pretty Pink Posh
I will link this card to the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge.
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