Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Birds in Flight

Hi there everyone.  I needed a card for my DH's brother who loves birds and is a volunteer at a bird reserve, and I immediately thought of this stencil which was one of the collection which I bought recently.  This is the first time it has been used and I'm sure it won't be the last.

I started by covering the piece of white card with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using my Gelli Plate which I haven't got out for a while.  I inked the plate and then added a little texture using a bit of bubble wrap so the ink would not be too flat a colour,  and then spritzed with water, applied the card and pulled the print.  I did this a couple of times to build up the colour a bit more.   I'm not sure that you can actually see the texture after adding other inks but I like to think it has added something to the finished piece.

I then continued by stencilling the birds on to the blue background and for this I blended DI's in Faded Jeans at the bottom, Stormy Sky through the middle section and Peacock Feathers for the more distant birds.  When dry I continued by replacing the stencil and dry embossed it.  It is difficult to see here but it has added to the dimension of the birds I think.  I decided that it did need something else so I masked off the sun/moon, I think it could be either, and then added some Peacock Feathers with blending foam around it, and then this and Stormy Sky round the edges.

Lastly I heat embossed the sentiment using WOW Silver Embossing Powder and added a backing layer of silver mirror card before adhering it to the 7" square white base card.

Thank you for joining me here today and I hope to see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors.
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Flutter.
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge - No. 168  Inspired by a Film, a Book or Music (mine is the film The Birds).


  1. WOW!! This is just stunning Pat!! It looks like a swirling mist in front of the sun with the birds in flight!! I LOVE it! A sure winner here my friend! Have a wonderful evening my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
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  2. This is so beautiful, Pat. Your BIL is going to love it! Your gelli plate background looks amazing with lots of texture and depth. Great job! xx

  3. I love the stencil you used here Pat, it's made a lovely card.
    Jean x

  4. Oh WOW, Pat, a stunning card! You've created a fabulous background and I love how you've changed the colours of the birds to add depth to your scene. Love it! xx

  5. Wow! This is beautiful and so perfect for a bird lover.I can see the texture and depth of the ink and it looks fabulous.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, really atmospheric. Thank you for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz

  7. Great work with stencil and a fabulous card for the men in our lives. I really must get my belli plate out of it's packaging lol.

  8. Wow, this is so beautiful, Pat! I've never heard about a Gelli plate, but it seems to be a great tool to create an awesome background! Love the ombre in the birds and the added moon/sun!

  9. Oh my goodness your card is stunning Pat, wonderful sky and yes I can see the texture and layering of colour, and the bird stencil is brilliant, I love it and perfect for a bird lover, Kate x

  10. Great birdie stencil - I thought at first you had stamped and stamped!
    Love the colours too Pat. x

  11. What a gorgeous clam scene you've created. Loving the layering you've created and that bird stencil is fabulous! x

  12. A stunning card Pat, beautiful stencil to use and gorgeous shades of blue.
    Janice x

  13. Beautiful take on the inspiration photo!

  14. Wow, I love that stencil!! Your card is so pretty and the tone-on-tone effect is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  15. Fab stencil and you can certainly see the texture in the background.
    So pleased you joined us at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  16. beautiful card!!! Love how it turned out.

  17. wow...this is just stunning Pat...I am in awe.
    xx Karen

  18. What a fabulous stencil for a bird lover! You've made a beautiful card with it, Pat, and I'm sure your BIL will cherish it!! I hope you are doing well? Hugs, Darnell

  19. Beautiful card Pat. What a great stencil. Loooovely colours.
    Hope your week is going well.
    Hugs Flo xx

  20. Wonderful card Pat, with so much movement. Hopped over after seeing you comment on the Playground - hope all is going OK with you and things aren't playing up too much.


    Di xx

  21. Super make - reminds me of some mornings when dozens (feels like hundreds) of birds wake us up early!!!lol

    Happy Monday



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