This week has been filled with a lot of emotional turmoil and stress, both at home and work. It seems to have really taken a toll on me. So I blocked out the world by turning off my phone and shutting myself in my craft room to play for a while.
I have had Dina Wakely's "Scribbly Birds" Stamps for a while and I have been dying to play with them. They are so adorable!
I inked the background with Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint distress inks using a blender tool. Then I splashed water on it, let it sit for a minute and blotted it with a paper towel. I went over the pages again with Peacock Feathers ink. Then I stamped the birds on white card stock. I colored them with Tombow markers and blended the colors with a water brush. I used my white Signo pen to go around the eyes and to define the highlight of the eye. Then I cut the Sizzix Die "Branch w/Leaves" out of white card stock. I cut three of these. I used one for each page and the third one I cut in pieces to add more leaves and berries to the branches. Notice the page with the bird facing front has more leaves behind the bird.
I colored the Branch's, leaves and berries with my Tombow markers. Then I turned
the branches over on a piece of Fun Foam and used an embossing stylus to create lines in the leaves. Afterwards I used a blending tool with "Tea Dye" ink over the leaves, berries and branches. This was to give definition to the leaves and to tone down the bright color of the markers. I glued the sections of branches and berries together and added the highlight to each berry with a white paint pen.
I cut my little birdies out and glued them on the branches. I cut two tags using my trusty tag punch.
I LOVE this punch and use it ALL the time. For the first tag, I glued a piece of scrapbook paper to some white card stock. The second one, I cut the word "HOPE" from white card stock, using the Tim Holtz "Movers and Shapers" die. Then I used the tag punch, centered it over the word and cut the second tag. The one shown in this picture wasn't centered very well....oops.
I would love to read your thoughts and comments.