Saturday, February 9, 2019

Taking Flight

Hello! February is a great month to have wings! In Michigan, it is still too cold for all of the birds and insects to come out,  but we know that it won’t be long until we will once again hear the sounds of twittery birds when spring comes and things start to thaw out. 

I love spring, with all the new growth and pretty colors after the drab winter. With all of these things in mind, I wanted to use bright colors and birds!  Here is my project –

Supplies –
Blank Page Muse stamps –

Other supplies –
Watercolor paper
Ink sprays in assorted colors
Spackle paste
Acrylic paint – blue, black, orange, white
Brush – flat and fan
Archival ink
Paper towel
Versamark ink
Heat tool
Embossing powder – gold and white
Removable label
White gel pen
Fine Black Sharpie marker
Blue cardstock
White card and envelope

Step 1 – Cut the watercolor paper to 4” x 4” pieces then taped them back together using painters tape on the back side and sprayed them randomly with ink sprays in assorted colors. Let them dry and then take the tape off the back of them.  Now you are probably wondering why not just leave them in one sheet then cut them up, well I like to have them ready when they are dry and it is easy to have a stack of 4” x 4” paper ready to use with any medium – sprays, acrylic paint, watercolor, napkins, etc., just my preference.

Step 2 – Using the Script stamp randomly stamp pieces of script over the watercolor paper with archival ink, repeat this process with the Ironworks stamp. These steps give the overall appearance of texture to the flat surface.

Step 3 – Take a stencil of your choice, using the spackle, the kind from the hardware store, and apply it randomly to your watercolor piece. As you can see in the photos, it was applied to opposing corners. Let dry. Make sure you wash your stencil immediately, do not let the spackling dry on the stencil.

Step 4 – Next, choose a complementary color of paint, generously spritz with water on your palette and brush on the dry spackle. If you get too much paint on the spackle, dab it with a paper towel. Let it dry between layers, I like to add several layers of paint as it dries because it will get lighter.


Step 5 – Now using the stamp Bird Open Wings, stamp with Versamark Ink and apply embossing powder, heat set the embossing powder.

Step 6 – Stamp the bird onto a removable label and cover the embossed bird on your watercolor paper.  Using the fan brush, splatter white, black and orange over the entire piece. When the paint splatters are dry, remove the label from the embossed bird.

Step 7 – Using the Take Flight stamp and Versamark ink, stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner and heat set.

 Step 8 – Take the gel pen and create a stitched border around the piece and do the same thing with the black Sharpie marker. Then using the gel pen, go along the edges of the bird and then sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat set to give the bird more dimension. When working with the gel pen to emboss, have everything ready and work quickly as the ink in the pen doesn’t stay wet long. Using a corner rounder, round the corners of this piece. Set this piece aside.

Step 9 – Take the Medallions Ornate stamp and using the Versamark ink, stamp randomly over the blue cardstock and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

Step 10 – Assemble the pieces – using a tape runner attach blue card stock to the front of the white cardstock then attach the watercolor bird piece to the front of the blue base with foam tape to give the card some dimension.  You’re now finished!

 This project makes a great card for many occasions. Don’t forget to check out all the great stamps at Blank Page Muse!

The Blank Page Muse-


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