Friday 22 April 2016

Pretty Peacock

Welcome everyone.  Here I am with a birthday card this time using a freebie die which came with a magazine.  I saw it in the shop and umm'd and ahh'd as to whether I should get it or not and ended up leaving it.  I then noticed this card by Liz of Crafty Sunflower which made me wish I had got it after all.  On my next visit to the shop they still had some copies so I snapped one up immediately, and this is what I have come up with using it.

I decided to ink up the embossing folder, which was a freebie I got some time ago.  The technique I use is to run the ink pads across the raised side of the folder and then spritz with a little water before adding the snippet of white card and embossing it which pushes the colour into the embossed pattern.  In order not to contaminate the pads too much I start with the lightest colour and also try not to overlap the colours too much.   After embossing I used my mica powder in gold and put a little on my glass mat and using my water brush mixed it with some water and painted it on to various parts of the finished piece to add some pretty shimmer.  The colours of Distress Inks I used were Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Spiced Marmalade, and I then blended some more Peacock Feathers round the edge using blending foam.

I then die cut the peacock out of another snippet of white card and two extra tails also from white snippets.  I coloured the body of the peacock with the peacock feathers darkened with Stormy Sky, and for the tail pieces I made it more blue toned by adding more of the Stormy Sky than the Peacock Feathers.  I again added the mica in the same way as for the background.   I then cut and fitted the two extra pieces of tail to the peacock, and I also used a tiny pearl for the peacock's eye.

I die cut and embossed the leaves using a Sue Wilson die called Orange Blossom Leaves using another snippet of white card and then coloured using some Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn and Adirondack Lettuce, and then put the die back over and coloured the veins with more Mowed Lawn.

I cut the sentiment mat using another snippet of white card using an ornate Spellbinders oval die called Floral Ovals the second size of die, and  added the sentiment using Mowed Lawn DI.  I finished by layering it up on to a square white base card.

Thank you for dropping by today and see you again soon.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 225 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make it Girlie.
Stamping Sensations - One for the Girls.  (There has been a query about my entry as the only stamping is the sentiment on the central mat so if this is not sufficient stamping for an entry please accept my apology). 
Bizzy Becs April Challenge - Anything Goes.


Barb said...

Hi Pat, It was certainly the right decision to get the magazine with this freebie die. Your card is absolutely stunning. The die goes so well with the embossing folder. A really stand out card. Barbxx

Darnell said...

Oh, wow, Pat, you worked your magic with this die! This card is spectacular every which way!! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs, Darnell

Stamps and Paper said...

You've made a gorgeous card with your 'freebie' die Pat lovely colours and live the embossing folder


Petra Swart said...

What a beautiful peacock against such a fabulous bg, Pat!!! All the greens are so lovely!!!! Wonderfully done, my friend!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!

Di said...

Wowser Pat - that freebie is fabulous and your card is gorgeous! Lovely result!

Lovely to see you in the Playground.


Di xx

Janice said...

Lovely card Pat, you've made a great job with your freebies!
Janice x

Loll said...

Beautiful card Pat. Love the embossing folder stamping background .. so beautiful. And your peacock is gorgeous with the sponged blue with gold accents. xx

brenda said...

A super creation in beautiful fresh Spring colours Pat, and it's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations this month. But we are a stamping challenge and the focal element needs to be stamped and I think this is all die cutting ?

B x

debby4000 said...

Beautiful card, love the green colours.

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card Pat.
Hugs Flo xx

Viv said...

Fab card Pat - good decision to buy the mag!! x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, if the Peacock was the freebie, you got an amazing deal! xx

Virginia L. said...

Wow, the details are fabulous! You have planned out the design so thoughtfully! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Make It Girlie” Challenge!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

TaeEun said...

Wow!!! This is beautiful, Pat! Love you matched the background with the peacock! And the detailed coloring on all the elements is amazing with the touch of gold!

Karen said...

Gorgeous card, love how you have used the embossing folder to compliment your peacock die. Thank you for sharing and playing along with us this month at Bizzy Becs for our Anything Goes Challenge.

Cathy said...

Such a pretty card Pat, that die was a great find and it looks amazing with that folder too, Cathy x