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.
I am also entering the following challenge:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Holiday Cards.