Monday 18 April 2016

Three Feather Fun

Hi all.  Another masculine birthday and so difficult to think of new ideas for a male card.  Then I thought of the freebie feather which I had with a magazine sometime ago and have never used.  I do look for ideas and have seen negative shapes with a little scene within the shape and haven't done this in quite this way before so here goes.

I die cut the shape from a piece of white card and the positive shape became one of the feathers and the negative I used to ink through using Adirondack Stonewashed and Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  I used a piece of inkjet paper which is fairly good quality and which I actually use for inserts.  I inked with the two inks mentioned above using the negative shape and then keeping this shape in place I found a small deer stamp with comes from a Claritystamp set called Winter Wonderland and Snowscape and which just fitted in the feather shape and stamped it into place using some Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I used some of the Stormy Sky DI and some blending foam and a piece of torn paper to build up a little bit of shading around and under the deer to give the idea of a background and then using some Black Archival Ink and a foliage stamp from a freebie set from Sheena Douglass  I stamped this, with first and second generation ink, at either end of the feather.  I also added a little Mustard Seed and Fired Brick DI for the sun.  I did intend it to be quite bright to represent the look of a late in the day/almost setting sun, and in real life doesn't look quite as bright as it appears here. I cut this out leaving a reasonable margin round the edge.  This little scene didn't work perfectly first time as I actually did three before I was happy with the result.

I cut a piece of white card to fit on my square base card leaving a narrow border round the edge, and decided where the scene in the feather was going to be placed and then die cut the feather shape from this piece of card.  I then decided to emboss this with a small dots embossing folder.  I also embossed the die cut feather with the dots.  I fixed my little scene to fit behind the feather shape and glued into place, and then glued this to the front of my white base card.

I decided to colour one of the feathers with Brilliance Starlite Silver Ink and I did this by swiping the ink across the feather to get a good coverage.  It wasn't an entirely smooth finish but buffing it with a soft cloth when dry improved it.  The other feather I coloured with the two blue inks used above making the dots quite dark with the Stormy Sky and then I added some Black Soot DI around the edge and finished with some silver mica powder applied while the ink was still damp to give it a bit of a sheen.

I bound the two feathers together with a piece of blue baker's twine and then adhered these to the card.

I finished by adding a die cut sentiment cut from a piece of white card which I inked with the two blue inks and backed with the Stick It adhesive.

Sorry, this was a bit long winded today but hope you find the 'how to' of use.  I would also like to introduce a new follower Janice whose blog you will find here.  Sorry Janice I should have introduced you a time or two ago.   I hope she agrees with me that she has quite a CAS style and her cards are very elegant and pretty so please go and take a look.

Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon.

Pat  x

I am entering the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Let's do the Polka.
CAS Mix Up April Challenge - Stamping, Stencilling and one other technique which in my case is die cutting and there is also a bit of inking too.
Uniko Challenge - No 31 Use Metallics.
Addicted to Stamps and More  - Clean and Simple.
Less is More - Use 3 Stamps (deer stamp plus foliage stamp twice).


Stamps and Paper said...

Love your colourful feathers Pat another lovely masculine card


Liz said...

So unusual, I love it! Love the addition of the little deer. xx

Connie said...

Gorgeous work!! Thanks also for your detailed lesson, I plan to try this soon.

Sid said...

Those feathers are fab Pat ! Love your card !!

Aileen said...

Beautiful card, love the whole look. Just stunning.

debby4000 said...

Love your fabulous feathers card and all the details on them are great.

Barb said...

A beautiful card Pat. I enjoyed reading your method and love the stamping behind the cut out. A really clever idea. Barbxx

Loll said...

WOW ... this is one of the nicest ways to use a feather die-cut that I've seen. LOVE that sweet little scene you've created by stenciling through the negative die-cut. Great job Pat! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Esther said...

What fab colouring of the feathers! This looks great, really clean and stylish. Nicely done!

Neets B said...

What a fabulous card, Pat. Love the little scene in your negative space, a lovely technique.
Thanks for sharing at ATSM and Less is More, Anita x

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful technique, Pat! I love these feathers and the delightful little scene on the one! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

TaeEun said...

You created a very elegant masculine birthday card, Pat! Love the details, especially the little scene in the die cut feather window!

Susan said...

Great way to use the negative space. Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, WOW, your feathers look stunning, Pat and the swiss dot embossed bg really have them shine wonderfully!!!!! Love the little twine bow to keep them together!!!!
Have a great day!!!!
PS. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog!!!

Julie B said...

What a clever idea using the feather aperture to stamp the little scene.
So pleased you joinined us at ATSM this week. :)

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a striking, clever and elegant card Pat.
So thrilled you could play along at our 3-stamp theme this week and thanks for sharing at Less is More. Oh and thanks for playing at Uniko too this time. Sarah x

Sarn said...

What a fantastic result Pat. I simply adore this card and think it would be good for either masculine or feminine use.

I've got that feather set and haven't used it yet either. MUST go play with it now you've inspired me!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Deborah Frings said...

I do like the way you have the image in the negative feather space, and all that texture too. Fab card. Thanks so much for playing along with our metallic challenge at Uniko this month, Deborah, DT.

Jan said...

Great Lim card xx Jan

Gibmiss said...

Hi Pat
Fabulous card... Love the feathers
Hugs Sylvie xx

MaryH said...

You're sharing some terrific masculine cards of late. And this one is just as wonderful as the airplane. Love that you've used the negative feather to create the brilliant color, and loving the texture of the other feathers. This is a really pretty design layout and the embossed white background lets these pretties just sparkle. Very much like the CAS look too. Well done!!!! TFS & Hugs

Janice said...

Fabulous CAS card Pat, could easily be for male or female.
Janice x

Janice said...

Thank you for your kind introduction too :-)
Janice x

Teresa Kline said...

hello Pat! an adorable card! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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Chrissie said...

What pretty feathers Pat!
Thanks so much for joining us this week.
"Less is More"

Lindsey said...

Wonderful scene behind your feather. Adds a lovely depth to your card. X

Beverley said...

Awesome masculine card and loving the detail behind the feather. Beautifully done and thank you for joining in on the Uniko Challenge. Hugs Bev x