Monday, March 23, 2009

Sweet Spring

This card was inspired by the ribbon, as well as Mojo79. I needed a tall, skinny stamp, so I went with the twig tree from Limitless Limbs.
I stamped the tree in Close to Cocoa, then used a baby wipe to clean the ends and dots, which I then coloured with markers. I used the same technique with the robin, adding a tiny black eye after I stamped her. The nest and eggs were next, and I added some blue speckles to the eggs.

ETA: I forgot to mention, for those that noticed, I performed a bit of surgery on the tree trunk, which was too long for the panel. I planned where I would place the ribbon, then cut a slice out from underneath it. So the ribbon hides the seam, and my tree fits perfectly!

I didn't bother with any masking, as it's quite easy to see where I'm stamping, as the stamps are unmounted. I used my Copic Spica glitter pen to add lots of sparkle (which is impossible to capture in a photo! Just picture lots of sparkle on all the round "buds" as well as the sentiment), as well as Crystal Effects to the eggs. One of those bows finishes it off.

Stamps: Limitless Limbs (Pink Cat Studio), So Very (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Green Galore, Tempting Turqouise, Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Summer Picnic DSP (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Green Galore, Summer Sun (SU)
Accessories: Temping Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Green Galore, Real Red, Black markers, Scallop Edge punch,
Crystal Effects (SU), Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provocraft), ribbon (American Crafts), Clear glitter pen (Copic)

Notice how the scalloped edge starts and ends on a scallop? Before cutting my cardstock to size, I punched the edge longer than I needed, then cut it evenly between the scallops. Otherwise you could end up with a piece like this (on the left).
I admit, this was my first try - I cut the piece to size first, then started the scallops in the centre. While they ended up symmetrical, I didn't like how they looked at the edges. The one on the right is my second try, and the piece I used on the card. ETA: oops, I need to remember the difference between right and left! I've fixed them now.


Always Playing with Paper said...

This is a "sweet" card!!

Jacinta said...

Hi! I love your card and the bright colors. Such a pretty card.

Chelle said...

looks great!!

Lexy said...

Ha, you know how many times I've done the scalloped edging for this challenge to get it even. I finally gave up and used a different tool to cut the edging. I still haven't posted my card to my blog yet though.

Your card is fantastic. I love the ribbon

itsabrt said...

Thanks for the tip on scallops!This is absolutely amazing, so pleasing to the eye! BR-T

care_bear said...

Hey I did this one too! Love all the detail

Melissa said...

This is so pretty Jessica! Perfect for spring. Great job!

Cardmaking Galore said...

Love your bright colours