Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Birthday Birdie .... and a Chocolate Baroque Challenge entry!

Morning Everyone!

Well, this morning started out the same as yesterday weather wise ....... it was slinging down with rain, lol!  However, at the moment we have some bits of blue sky and sunshine so I managed to take photos of the card I finished last night before the next shower hits ;-).

I really wanted to enter Chocolate Baroque Challenge 14, mainly because the inspiration colours are not in my normal comfort zone so I combined the need for another birthday card with the challenge.  In the end my colours turned out somewhat brighter but still out of my comfort zone ;D.

The stamps I used are from sets As Free as a Bird - main image and birdcage,  Eccentric Edwardian - script and Amazing Birthday - sentiment

I stamped the main image using Archival Watering Can and coloured it with pencils. I edged the oval with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

I used Distress Inks, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Forest Moss & Pine Needles blended with cut and dry foam for the background.  I then spritzed water through a peacock feather stencil here and there and dabbed it off for the water mark.  I followed this with a patchy wash of some chalk spray picked up from my craft mat (mainly to tone the colours down a bit, lol).

Next I applied Chalk (colour) Fresco Finish paint through a favourite Imagination Crafts flourish stencil with a stencil brush and stamped the script with Olive Archival Ink. The birdcages are stamped using the Chalk acrylic paint.

I was going to stamp and colour some flower embellishments but decided I really should try to use some of the many purchased flowers I have in my stash......9 down, 10,000 to go, lol!  I diecut some leaves which I stamped over with the script using Stazon ink because the card is pearlescent.  The main image is attached with 3D foam and the embellies with Pinflair glue.

Finally I did my usual trick of deciding to stamp the sentiment directly onto the card and risking ruining the whole thing, lol!  If it had been a whisker out of line with the edge I would've had to cover it with a diecut because it would be the first thing I saw on every photo (bit of OCD slipping in there, lol).

Righty Ho, off to link up to the challenge as it closes in just over 13 hours....talk about last minute!

Have a good day all!

Lesley  Xx


Miranda said...

Just saw this coming by on FB and wanted to say, it's beautiful Lesley, love the layout, colors and technique! Great work, xxMiranda

snazzyoriginal said...

So stylish x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

The colours may be out of your comfort zone Lesley but this card is stunning I love it.

Sue xx

Sally H said...

wow, wow, wow, Lesley! What a gorgeous card and a fabulous technique! Stunning results!

judith@poppy cottage said...

A beautiful card Lesley, gorgeous background, I love the birdcage tucked in so delicately under the falling vines of the stencil. Thanks for entering the Chocolate Baroque challenge, hugs, Judith xx

butterfly said...

How funny - there must be crafters up and down the country darting out between showers to try to get photos taken - I'm the same! Pitch dark out there at the moment...

Love the soft colours here, so pretty, and the bird is really charming. Love the chalky stencilling too, very effective.
Alison xx

cuilliesocks said...

Stunning card, the image and the background are wonderfully coloured, gorgeous layout too, Kate x

sam21ski said...

Very elegant xx

Helen said...

The colours are gorgeous, very out of your comfort zone, though as you say! The end result is beautiful, and as Sam says, very elegant.

Anne Waller said...

WOW - it's a stunner. Love how you have used the stencils. Good luck with the Challenge, Anne x.

Ruth said...

Such a pretty, elegant card, just lovely! Ruth x