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Saturday, 9 October 2021

Pretty Birdcage

Hi everybody.  A birthday card today for a lovely friend featuring this Chocolate Baroque set called Pretty Birdcage, using the main image, and one of the smaller floral images in the background.  This is its first inking too.

I started with the background piece of white card cut to fit a 6" square card and the small floral image heat embossed on two opposite corners using WOW Bright Opaque White EP, and then I covered it with Adirondack Sunshine Yellow Ink applying it with a brush making the colour stronger in the two corners.  I then used some Fossilised Amber, Dried Marigold and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks gradually darkening the corners even more.  

I then stamped the Pretty Birdcage stamp onto a piece of white card using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss EP before getting out my Inktense Pencils to colour taking the colour from them with a waterbrush which I find for me is the easiest and most controllable way to use them.  I then fussy cut out the image and used some Tea Dye DI watercoloured round the edges and dragging the colour in a little way to make it stand out against the background I created.  Finally I decided to add the Tea Dye DI to the corners too and rubbed the ink pad around all the edges of the background to make it really stand out against the white card, and finished by adding a sentiment using Versafine Toffee Ink.

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





I am entering the following challenges:

Uniko Challenge - No. 67 Anything Goes (Optional Twist: Autumn Colours).
Stamping Sensations October Challenge - Animals, Birds and Bugs.
NBUS Challenge - No. 31 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.
Make My Monday Challenge - No. 158 Embossing - Either.
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - October - Anything Goes.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC326 Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions.

23 comments:

  1. Fabulous card, Pat. Beautiful image and I love the stencilled background. xx

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  2. Very pleasing elements to make up a lovely card Pat, the subtle graduated background layer draws the eye in and the rugged edges to the stamped panel give a vintage feel. Thank you so much for sharing your pretty creation and joining in our October theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

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  3. Great image and a beautiful card. Interesting to read how you achieved such a lovely result.

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  4. Very pretty card Pat...the image is so beautiful and I love the background you've have created and the edges around your image...

    Anne

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  5. Your card is absolutely stunning Pat, I love that image and so beautifully coloured, such pretty background too, Kate x

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  6. LOVE your card Pat. The background is so beautiful with the emboss resist. It really sets off your gorgeous main panel. The birdcases, bird, and flowers are so beautifully coloured. I do love the vintage look of the shape of the panel too. xx

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  7. This is so beautiful! Thank you for playing along at Make My Monday challenge.

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  8. So pretty, Pat! The background is gorgeous together with the beautiful center panel, a very lovely match! You coloured it beautifully too!

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  9. Very pretty card. Great image and so glad you shared over at Happy Little Stamper watercolor, Make My Monday.

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  10. The colours of your blending on the background look fabulous and I love how the white heat embossing pops through. What a pretty birdcage stamp, beautifully water coloured and fussy cut. A really fabulous and pretty card Pat x.

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  11. This is so lovely, Pat! I am making a mental note (big mistake, lol, so I will pin it instead!) of how you did the soft corners of the background to make that stunning central image stand out just perfectly! Awesome colors! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

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  12. Truly beatufiul card. Love the image and your colouring. ~Thanks for joining Stamping Sensaitons challenge. Anesha

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  13. Stunning card altogether and loved reading how you achieved this lovely effect. Trying to catch up in Blogland which has rather been taking a back seat with home problems . Hugs Mrs A.

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  14. That's just GORGEOUS Pat. I love how you heat embossed and inked at the corners. Pretty stamp too.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  15. Oh your friend will love this... Such a lovely background for that adorable birdcage stamp. Beautifully done!

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  16. Such a pretty card Pat, love the white embossed background and the sweet bird panel, has a lovely vintage feel with those colours, thankyou too for playing along at Watercooler Wednesday, Cathy x

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  17. Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

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  18. I do love this one, that background is stunning and the way you have inked it to keep the light elements really enhances the design. Excellent job xx

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  19. Lovely card ! Love the way you've made the background, leaving the diagonal without colours so that the beautiful image of the birdcage pops up. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Uniko.

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  20. Such a beautiful stamp Pat and I love what you've done with it. The embossed background looks really nice too, it's a really pretty card x

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  21. Beautiful card, love the background which accents the stamp so perfectly. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the fun at Uniko. Crafty Hugs Bev

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  22. Such a pretty card saw it on Darnells challenge and had to pop over for a better look. xx

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  23. beautiful...love how you did the edges
    xx Karen

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