Thursday, 26 January 2012

Watercolours

Sun shining here at the mo, but wintry showers forecast - it's quite cold despite the sunshine.

I finished this card yesterday afternoon and it was too dark to take a decent pic - but at least it means I have something to share with you this morning!

I fell in love the minute I saw this Stempelglede stamp set last year and have used all of the stamps on the plate (which is unusual for me! - Normally I buy a set, use one and the others gather dust!!)
This beautiful birdie though is my fave.


I duster brushed 'Tattered Rose' distress ink around the edge of a piece of scrap cardstock grading the colour to the centre so it was barely visible when it reached the middle. I then stamped the image in Versamark and spent a glorious couple of hours with my watercolours.
All the papers used apart from the first pinky/peach base are by Raspberry Road.


The birdie was distressed and layered onto co-ordinating cardstock and stitched.
I then distressed, layered stitched, distressed, layered, stitched and distressed-layered-stitched again with all the other paper and card. The birdie was mounted onto foam pads.
The pink lace piece peeping out from behind is from my stash.


I used the same distress ink on the flourish and stamped a sentiment onto co-ordinating card and cut out with a nestie and finished the front with yet another button from Mum's box and a scrap piece of shabby ribbon.


Here's a close up of the birdie  so you can click on it to enlarge if you want to and a peep at the inside.

Challenges -
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Birds of a Feather
Creative Stamp Friends - Old Fashioned/Antique
Crafty Bloggers - Distressing
My Mum's Craft Shop - Flowers
Craft Your Days Away - Distressing
Crazy Challenges - Vintage
Alphabet Challenge - 'Y' for 'YOU choose'
Moving Along With the Times - Bloomin Marvellous

Thanks for visiting me today, have a lovely day whatever you're doing. x

32 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stunning, I love it :o)
    Jackie xx

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  2. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Such a romantic image. The bird and flowers look awesome - so well coloured.
    Monica xxx

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  3. This is so pretty Viv and I love the beautiful soft vintage look. You know, I have this stamp and I've never used it.

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  4. Stunning card Viv, I like the image and all the distressing.
    Kevin xx

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  5. Wow! Your card is absolutely beautiful. Love all the yummy details!! Thanks for joining our "Birds of a Feather" Challenge over at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!
    Cindy
    DT

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  6. Stunning card, love all your sewing and distressing.
    Yvonne

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  7. Oh Viv, This is sooooo beautiful. What a fabulous image (love your colouring) and what a great choice of colour for the card base and layers. Thanks for sharing the stamp make, think I will have to check this out, my parents love birds, although no doubt they will be the only ones!
    Love Sheila x

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  8. This is so gorgeous. Sue x

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  9. A gorgeous girly card! Your watercolouring is fab!

    Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!

    Sheena
    xxx

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  10. Oh my goodness oh my goodnesss my jaw is now on the floor vivvy babe its magnificent what a lot of detail, now whos getting on whos nerves!!!!! clever so and so lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  11. Beautiful !!!! and stitched! love it.

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  12. I do like this card, Viv. Somehow, I never think of using Tattered Rose in that way, so effective. Thank you for your visit today, and for your lovely comments. Have a good week. xx Maggie

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  13. Viv this is such a gorgeous little creation and I agree that image is adorable and you have brought it so beautifully to life with your colouring.
    Trust you are keeping warm
    Hugs
    Desire

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  14. oh wow this is fantastic viv.such a beautiful detailed image and your soft vintage colours are gorgeous :D

    xx coops xx

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  15. Wow! this is awesome Viv! I love the image and your watercolours look SO beautiful !! Gorgeous papers and layout - stunning card!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

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  16. Just beautiful! Thank you for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad! :)

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  17. Absolutely stunning, the colouring is fabulous!Thank you for playing along with the Cheerful Stamp Pad.

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  18. Hi Viv, this card is absolutely adorable. I love the little bird. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  19. Just stunning and perfect for our birds theme at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!!

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  20. Gorgeous card, I love the colours and all of the little details.
    Thank you for joining us at "Kreative Stempelfreunde".

    Anja

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  21. Hi Viv

    Another beauty!!

    I love all the distressing you add alongside your stitching and the fab colour combo.

    Have a great weekend.

    Love Jules xx

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  22. Georgeous card. Everything about this card is lovevly. Thanks for joining "Birds of a Feather" at the Cheerful Stamp and please come back often as I want to see more of your work.

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  23. I just love everything about this card, it is so beautiful. The bird stamp is so like some vintage postcards I used to have.
    Anne xx

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  24. Wow Viv i really adore this its so so beautiful and what a gorgeous colour effect you got here and texture too ... this is fantastic !!
    Hugs June x

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  25. Adorable card! lovely colors.
    Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week!

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  26. WOW Viv this is a work of art! Its absolutely beautiful!
    Thank you for joining in at MAWTT for Lisa's 'Bloomin Marvellous' challenge and hope to see you again soon
    Hugs Laurie x

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  27. This is really great, thanks for sharing with us at MMCS, hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

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  28. This is a beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck and hope to see you again soon. Pami x

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  29. Hi viv
    your cards are very beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us on The Crazy Challenges. Hope to see you again next week.

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  30. Lovely card.
    Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Craft Your Days Away.

    Amanda

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  31. Soooo Beautiful in every way.xx

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