Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Nests... then birds...

I must have our feathered friends on my mind lately, because I have another card for you in that theme. I don't think I picked it knowingly... but here you go...

The card base (another square) is Bashful Blue. The central matte is white cardstock, stamped off with the Sanded background. I love this background, because it is SO versatile. I think in this case it can look like French country, verses a previous post of mine (Wanted SCS gallery / Wanted blog post) makes the image distressed.

I stamped the bird from Natural Beauty and colored with copic markers. The sentiment was stamped on barely banana cardstock and punched out with the Martha Stewart small scallop punch (which I bought at Michael's with my 40% off coupon - thank you!!!). I'd been only buying the ribbon or twill in that product line, but I caved when I realized the coupon works. But hey... for $6, the punch is a bargain in my mind!

The interesting part about the blue Matte behind the bird is how it was created. I colored a white piece of cardstock with B21-baby blue copic marker to fill the whole sheet. Then, with a small spray bottle (mini Ranger), I spritzed the image with isopropanol (IPA). The IPA splotched the alcohol ink and created a textured piece of paper, rather than a solid color. It was an experiment, but I think it worked and I loved the results. I think next time I may dab the paper while it's damp with IPA to "lift" the ink for a more intense result. I think if I had used the blender solution, it may have been more noticeable - but I haven't purchased the refill yet. Just a fun little experiment. I don't think the photo does this justice. You'll have to trust me in this! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by,


p.s. I think this card is fitting for this update too... The sentiment I picked is So Happy...

My Grandma Audrey had her surgery today. The aneurysm was actually quite large and we are very blessed that it was found and treated. The procedure that was used was Coil Embolization, in case you were interested. I'm just thankful she'll be well and recovered soon. Thanks for all your kind words and prayers. It means a great deal to me.


  1. This card is so cute, love the blue and that bird, glad to hear your Grandmother is doing fine.

  2. Birds are one of my weakness' too! *wink*

    Thank-you for posting about your grandmother and letting us know about her well being! EVERYTHING seems to come all at one sometimes! ((( HUGS ))) The wonderful blessing is they found it and she's doing well.

    Anne :)

  3. WOw...the Michael's coupon does work on Martha's stuff. I didn't know that.

    That's awesome about your grandma! I'm glad that she's doing well!!

  4. That is such a sweet card. I also loved the nest yesterday. I have a nest I am fond of but don't use it very often. Love you blog. :)

  5. Glad to hear that your grandma is going to be getting better! :)

    Great card... It's so soft and pretty!

  6. This card is absolooootely gorgeous!!