On a branch

No, this is not yet the lady sticking her head out of the leaves, this is another bird. My 2nd entry for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #13.

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It’s funny how colours change in my head once I’m away from the computer screen. This card was made for the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge as well. I remembered the colours as follows: kraft/plain cardboard coloured, yellow, green and purple. In a DT blogpost I read she used the new distress colour Amber, which I got the spray from so I was happy. I decided to use the yellow and brown as background colours, brown being Tea dye and brushed corduroy mostly. Put some resist spray between it (decoupage glue with some water in a spraybottle).  Add a window fragment and background fragment in the other two colours, and voilà, the background is ready.

Where? Or right, pictures ;).

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Quite saturated colours, due to the amber. I sprayed with the amber spray first, then with the resist spray. Next I took my sponges tea dye / brushed corduroy and wiped it across the amber. Might have dded another resist spray after that. The window and little bush is stamped with toffee crunch from eh, that other brand. (Memento I think?). Used distress inks to give it some more colour (purples and greens).

And then I kept pondering how to finish it.

The DT was my inspiration, Anne’s Nordic Style christmas card. She said there: ” just love the reindeer – a bit fiddly to cut out but well worth the effort.” That text apparantly lingered in my mind (I know I thought about all the fiddly bits, and how I dislike fussy cutting and almost mutter to myself when cutting) and then I knew how to go on with this card: Add the focal thing on it, by (die-)cutting it out, so layer it. So I went looking through my stamps for a suitable image. It shouldn’t be a flower or plant, that’s too passive. Something else.

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At the same time, I’m working on and off on a piece of walldecoration. It started out as Ikea packaging which I gesso-ed so the kids and me could paint together, but they didn’t feel like painting so I went ahead on my own, and now it’s mine… (See the post of Santoro Willow Guide where you can see how subconsicousness played a huge part in it!) Here I had just added indigo blu flakes, on the lower left a peacock , in the middle a dragonfly and under the folder another peacock. Inside the folder are some images I made earlier, the peackock on the right is very pretty, used metallic paints and all, but it went out of sight a bit. Anyway, a peacock would be great!

Only a bit too “great” – these two were too big, but luckily I also had a smaller one that did fit the card. Now onto the stamping. Embossing? yes. Which colour, purple? But the purple embossing powder is very dark after heating, almost black. Hmm clear embossing powder on a coloured background.

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I lightly used all challenge colours in it, mainly purple. I decided I wanted some more bling, so I would emboss the top part of the bird with WOW copper embossing powder. No pictures of the result then. I fussy cut it out and added a white outline around the bird as it didn’t stand out enough, and I didn’t want to use black. I also added white gelpen in between the feathers and wiped across it with my finger right after doing so, making that space a bit diffuse/fuzzy/lighter. I took a Marianne Design die for the branch, used green and yellow (and a touch of brown) to colour it and glued it in place. Next I glued the peacock in place.

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Also darkened the edges of the card more, to frame the image.

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The top left and top right cards – not sure if I made these for the challenge, I made these when my kids were making cards (more on that in the next post). The colours could match the challenge. The flower is from my stash.  The top middle background was made with this challenge in mind, but this time using green and yellow.

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I finally found a use for that gold cardstock, here as the middle layer. Before gluing down the top layer I added a white outline around the card with white gelpen, as the card and gold were too similar in colour. The white seperates it so the gold frames it better. Mounted it onto some heavier cardstock and went outside for pictures.

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My youngest son, (turned 1 in July) likes the card. Right after he grabbed it with two hands and bent it – luckily no creases to be seen.

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A closeup of the top part, I also had added white gelpen around the eyes as they didn’t stand out enough behind the background.

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The final card.

Just me, the peacock

This card didn’t need much more then the peacock – it’s wings are proudly covering almost all of the card.

Started with stamping the peacock in stazon midnight blue, colouring some bits with milled lavender distress marker. Then inked the background with various shades of yellow to orange distress inks. Used a TCW stencil and some more orange, then another stencil with faded jeans distress ink.

The peacock didn’t get enough focus so I heat embossed it with blue embossing powder and added white accents.

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It looked great as it was (on the above picture allready embossed, but picture taken outside without flash), but still needed to be put on a card. I used lavendercoloured cardstock, and repeated the stencil with the baubles with faded jeans distress ink.

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Made for the Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge #8

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Also adding this to Vandicraft’s Artistry Challenge March: Emboss it.

I’m still in doubt wether to add a small sentiment to the upper left corner. What do you think?

Peacock thanks

A quick thank you on the back of a note for one of the ladies that took care of me and the new born babies the first week.

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I’m no sure if it was really a quick card. It’s a simple one to make. The background is made with the ink to acryllic block technique, and the peacock is heatembossed and slightly coloured with distress ink.. a white and gold gelpen for the feathers & eye, some textured fragments stamps (Chocolate Baroque) for hte background and a peacock feather (same set as the peacock, also Chocolate Baroque) for the edges.Daqadoodles140713zo221931

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Gift of nature

In my previous post I mentioned that I made a second “print” with the household foil used for the Fairyland card. The print reminded me of bark or the bare branches of a tree. A while ago I was playing with the peacock stamp set and had stamped several images and embossed it in coppertones and then cut them out. This little peacock (Chocolate Baroque stamp) was perfect for this dead wood! See how it sits on the branch? It also matches the inspirational image from Our Creative Corner, where there is an image of a snail in twigs and dead leaves. Not that this peacock is a snail ofcourse.

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The daylight picture. I think I like the evening picture better.

Note: Pictures are made last night with artificial light, I’ll see if I can get a good picture in today but as the Chocolate Baroque challenge is closing today I want to get this blogpost out first!

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I’d like to imagine you don’t see him from afar, hidden on the branches which look like dead wood. But those that take a second look see the beauty of it, as there is beauty all around us.

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Embossing on tissue paper. I first tried without embossing and Stazon Jet Black, seen in the lower right corner. The text was too light imo. Next to it is the first embossed part, but it didn’t have enough coverage. The embossing powder is applied to the upper text but not heated yet. See the embellishments? Made with the Mod podge mod melts and then painted with acryllic paint.

The text (from a Crafter’s Companion sentiment set) is first stamped onto tissue paper & heat embossed with black fine embossing powder, then decoupaged to the card.

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The gloss of the paint disappeared a bit behind the tissue paper ofcourse, and the edges of the tissue paper were still quite visible so I added a bit of paint to the edges to smoothen it a bit.

The leaves are made myself with Mod Podge Mod Molds. The 2 greenish leaves are made with Martha Stewart clay, as is one of the bigger leaves. The other leaf is made with Mod Melts or hot glue from the gluegun. I don’t think there is a difference between the two (mod melts or hot glue) actually. The clay (or rather, the chemical kneadable siliconefoam kind of something) gets soft again when it gets wet so painting it is not advised, you can alter it with e.g. pan pastels or perfect pearls. In the picture below you can see the three molds I have, now filled with the clay. That needs to dry for almost a day. The hot glue is ready in just 10 minutes after putting it in, but it is more difficult getting all the details and getting a flat back.

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All leaves for this card are dusted with perfect pearls copper. (The only pan pastel colour I have is sparkling black, which doesn’t really match this card). I brushed the text area also slightly with the copper.

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Horizontal / left one is Martha Stewart white clay (although it feels and smells more like silicone foam kind of stuff then clay), the vertical/right one is hot glue.

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Blinded by the low autumn sun.

A picture to show the shine/glimmer:

Can you see that it is the second print? It’s best visible if you look at the upper right corners in the picture below.

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The two cards together:

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For the Craftstamper design team: The card with the white palace also has stamping on tissue paper, the white bit (palace and pillars) is done with that technique, only I didn’t know about your challenge yet unfortunately.

I’d like to enter the peacock card in the following challenges: