Friday, 27 February 2015

Artful Times - Birds

This is my second card as February Guest Designer for Artful Times and the theme this time is 'Birds'.



I used one of my favourite techniques for this card - its also one of the most simple ones!  I added three colours (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Ripe Persimmon) of Distress Ink to an acrylic block, sprayed with a little water, then turned it over and pressed the block on to a piece of white card.  Before lifting the block off, I gently lifted the sides of the block up and down a little to merge the colours.  I dried the ink with a heat gun then stamped the bird and sentiment with black Archival ink.  The sentiment was free with a magazine and the bird is from an Inkadinkado set called Birds Galore - I have not used either of these stamp sets before.  I just matted on some contrasting card and job done.  I have to say, I love how this turned out and has that real clean and simple look.

Please pop over to Artful Times and enter your 'Bird' projects - its a wonderful challenge blog and I would really like to thank Neet and Wendy for a fabulous month as Guest Designer!

This card fits into Hels fab challenge at Ink on my Fingers which is 'New' - both the stamps I have used are new to my stamp pad and never before used!  Hels blog is fabulous too and definitely worth a visit.

Thank you for visiting me - two posts in two days - thats good for me!  I appreciate you popping over to see me!  Take care and have an awesome weekend.  Christine xxx


21 comments:

Hels Sheridan said...

Beautiful card Chris, love the inky background, so pretty... thanks for joining in with the Sunday sTamper x

Jacee said...

Lovely design Chris
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Craftyfield said...

I am still to try this technique! It's a simple but effective background for this bird image, and makes a lovely card.

Deba-Do said...

Oh now that is a wonderful card! I have the bird on a branch stamp or at least something similar. I look forward to more of your creations. :D

vic said...

Beautiful card Chris love the colours and fab background ;)
Have a good weekend
Vic x

Sue said...

Love this Chris it's really beautiful huggles Sue xxx

Anita in France said...

You're such an expert at backgrounds, Chris ... this is another beauty! It glows so wonderfully behind that sweet bird silhouette ... lovely! Anita :)

thassos456 said...

Beautiful card, love the colours and the bird :)

Jackie said...

This is just so, so , so beautiful, Chris. One of my all time favourites! Jx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Your card is a great inspiration, I love the background coloring to the bird in front, great design.
ig hugs Anja

Ann said...

wow totally fabulous - love the background you have created for the bird stamp. I've got that stamp but I've never done anything half as good with it.
Ann xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

That's one of my favorite techniques, too, Chris, and I am over the moon with the tones you achieved on this one! It's really scrumptious and stunning inspiration!! Hugs, Darnell

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card Christine!

Fuchsia said...

Lovely colours and a great card Chris x

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous - must try this technique again - I love the way the colours have blended and that gorgeous stamp Karen x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a very nice card. Your sentiment matches the image so well. Can you believe I've never tried that technique before? I never think of it when I'm at home crafting. I think the (potentially) messier techniques don't cross my brain because my desk is wood. I think my subconscious saves me from myself!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Absolutely beautiful card! Congrats on being a guest designer, too! I love the technique you shared - thank you!!! I am definitely going to try it myself! And thanks so much for the wonderful visit to my blog, too! HUGS!

Liz McGuire, said...

Hiya, this is fab, the background inkyness is really effective,

Liz x

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous background and I love the technique you used to make such a pretty card.

SARN said...

Fab inky background & gorgeous stamped bird & sentiment. Love this xxx

scrappymo! said...

his is such a pretty background. Love the soft, pretty look of it. Totally suits that bird image and sentiment!