Virginia and I began chatting last fall, after she sent me photos of some of her cards. To say I was impressed is something of a large understatement, kind of like saying “it’s a little warm in Phoenix in July”.
I was very, very impressed.
And we began talking about how I might best share her work, eventually settling on the idea of a guest blog post. Fast forward to early 2016, and here we are with the blog in place and my chance to share the first of what I know will be many of Virginia’s card projects.
One of the things I admire the most about this one is the use of our Leaf #4 stamp to create tail feathers for The Bird Ernest. It would never have occurred to me – not ever – to use the leaf this way. It’s always fun to see out of the box ways to put a stamp to use. Where I see a leaf, Virginia saw feathers.
What do you see? Leaf, feather, something else? (suggestions in the comments please so everyone gets to see your ideas!)
The remainder of this post are the instructions Virginia sent, in her own words, and her photos. Please join me in sending a big shout out “thank you” to her!
White Cardstock – 1 pc @ 8.5″ x 11″
Light Green Cardstock – 1 pc @ 5.25″ x 8.25″
White Cardstock – 1 pc @ 5″ x 6.25″
Printed Paper or Cardstock – 1 pc @ 4.75″ x 6″ [Note: You may also choose to use a piece of handmade/colored paper or cardstock that you’ve created]
White or Clear Glitter
Scotch Quick Tacky Glue or your preferred Glue will do
Two Sided Transfer Tape or Scor Tape
Ribbon – 1 pc @ 1.5″ wide x 9″ long
2 pcs @ .25″ wide x 9″ long
Joggles The Bird Ernest and Leaf #4 Stamps
Dylusions Ink Spray Lemon Zest – Diluted in a Water Brush
Dylusions Ink Spray Pure Sunshine – Diluted in a Water Brush
Dylusions Ink Spray Fresh Lime – Diluted in a Water Brush
StazOn Ink Pad – Black
Gelly Roll Stardust Pen – Clear
Gelly Roll Stardust Pen – Green
Foam Craft Sheet – Optional
Stylus – Optional
Score and fold the 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock in half…. I like a large “canvas” to work on. I rarely make anything less than 5 x 7… Cut out your remaining cardstock and paper pieces.
Next, using your clear glue and glitter, randomly add glitter to your printed paper/cardstock…. Add as much or as little glitter as you desire…. Allow to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Cut your Ribbon to length… Angle one end… A straight cut on the opposite end will be fine as this will be folded behind your printed paper/cardstock.
You will need to fold under the straight edges of the ribbon pieces about 1.5 inches from the end… Using Transfer Tape or Scor Tape attach the 1.5″ ribbon about an inch from the bottom edge, wrapping the folded end behind the paper/cardstock on the right hand side… Note: the angled end will overhang on the left…. Do the same using the .25″ ribbon… layering those on top of the 1.5″ ribbon.
Now layer the card pieces…. Using Transfer Tape or Scor Tape attach the Light Green Cardstock to the Main Card…. being as careful as you can to center it…. there should be about a 1/8″ border all around… don’t fret if it’s not perfect…. no one will notice except you…. using the same process attach the printed paper/cardstock to the smaller piece of White Cardstock…. now attach the printed piece to the main card to the right hand side leaving approximately an 1/8″ border on the top, bottom and right… again don’t worry about it being perfect… that’s the glory of handmade items… you can tell they were made by hand and not by a machine.
Time to make the “Embellishments”
Using a Black StazOn Ink Pad, Stamp out one Joggles The Bird Ernest and 10 Joggles Leaf #4 [or however many you wish to use…flexibility is the key]…. I prefer to color my stamped images before I cut them out, but it is a matter of preference so feel free to cut them out first if you wish…. I used Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Fresh Lime all diluted and in a Water Brush…. But you may use any color combinations that you fancy…. I just had a vision of a rainbow of colors for the “feathers”….hmmmm…. After getting my colors on and allowing them to dry,
This is the point I like to add some depth to my pieces… this is where the Foam Craft Sheet and Stylus come into play… .this is totally optional…. take your pieces and lay them face down on the Craft Foam… using the Stylus in a circular motion while pushing down on the back of the piece add as much or as little dimension as you’d like…. I used this technic on both the “Feathers” [Joggles Leaf #4] and The Bird Ernest.
I added a bit of “Bling” using the Gelly Roll Stardust Pen in Clear by drawing over all the lines in the “Feathers” [Joggles Leaf #4].. .I also added a few extra dots with the Pitt Pen and added some Flat Back Rhinestones to each “Feather”…. I also added some Glitter to Ernest’s breast and wing.
Now assemble Ernest…. using Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue [or your preferred brand] glue each “Feather” together at the base… layering and fanning them on top of each other until you have created the “Tail”…. attach the “Tail” to Ernest behind his normal tail using the same glue.
Write out your sentiment… be sure to leave enough space between the words to cut them out…. I hand wrote mine…. but you could also use a fun font and print it out… again make sure you leave enough space between the words…. I wrote out the words using a #1 Pitt Pen… then using a Green Gelly Roll Stardust Pen I offset the writing again… after which I went over the black lettering using a Clear Gelly Roll Stardust Pen…. I cut out the pieces making angled cuts for some interest…. but straight cuts are good too…. next I glued the pieces to a scrap of the Light Green Cardstock that I used in the card layering…then I cut them out leaving about a 1/8″ border.
Attach the “Embellishments” using Foam Tape….and you’re finished!!!!
Happy Crafting Everyone!!!