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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Robin

Hi all.   I really do need to get a move on with my Christmas cards.  Well here is another to swell the ranks a bit!  I thought I would try and enter some challenges to focus my mind a bit and I need to get a move on as this is for Merry Monday where the challenge is Feathered Friends.  Well I have quite a few Christmas stamps and dies now but don't have a suitable bird amongst them so thought I would attempt to make my own.  I do love robins so did my best to make him look reasonably the right shape and size.   I think he looks as though he has been eating too many worms but hey ho I did the best job I could. 


My first attempt was a snowy woodland behind the robin, but I fiddled too much and ruined it, so cut out the robin and the snowy foreground and attempted a different background with a few hills behind which I felt ended up a bit better.  I used a snippet of Watercolour Paper and my Distress inks, mixed with a little water and applied with a brush, in Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans and a little Shaded Lilac and then I added a bit of white acrylic paint over the hills, sun/moon (to be honest I think this could be day or night),  and also the foreground snow and the post the robin is sitting on.  There is also a bit of Walnut Stain on the post.  I finished this layer by mounting it on to a snippet of dark blue card.

The background uses one of  the stamp from a set by Indigoblu called Here Comes Santa.  I stamped the sentiment all over a piece of  white card using Faded Jeans DI, and to add a bit more dimension I then embossed it using a freebie snowflake border three times and then cover the whole thing with the Faded Jeans which then highlighted the snowflakes as well, but this is a little difficult to see as the next layer covers quite a bit of it.  The words on the stamp came out rather blurred in some places but I decided that as it is only a background this would be fine.

On the next layer I used a snippet of white card and the same freebie snowflake border on it three times to fill and then used some Tumbled Glass DI to highlight the snowflakes.  I decided to leave the sentiment for now.

Thank you for dropping by today.

Pat x

I am also entering the following challenge:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Holiday Cards.


13 comments:

  1. Cannot believe you did this robin yourself Pat!!! He is fantastic! Great card. x

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  2. Love your Robin! Gorgeous card it looks like a mini painting. Happy Sunday, Shirleyxx

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  3. To have created your robin from scratch is a great achievement. He looks fab . I love your background too. Hugs Mrs A.

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  4. WOW! This is amazing, Pat! Great job. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

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  5. Wow Pat! you clever lady, your robin is amazing and I love the background too.
    Hugs Jennifer xx

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  6. Fabulous robin Pat, well done for creating him yourself. Lovely background and layers.
    Jean x

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  7. What a lovely soft wintery scene.

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  8. Wonderful Robin card Pat.
    luv
    Debby

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  9. THis is so pretty! Love the cute birdy! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Always love reading how you've created your card. Love that you drew your own robin, good show! He looks quite like a PBlack stamp I've been seeing (like yours better I must say). You've got great color on him, and am loving the snowy backgrounds. Your art work is just awesome. Well done...as usual. TFS & Hugs

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  12. Your Robin and your Robin card are fantastic!
    You are quite the artist...I wouod never have know that wasn't a stamp!

    Love the bird's background...and the pretty blue DP you made.to mat it all on!

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