Song Bird

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Song Bird

We have a pair of blackbirds nesting in our wisteria and they are fun to watch flying in and out.
I was inspired to have a play at Tim’s distress paint marbling techniques after reading Sandy’s excellent demo on A Vintage Journey blog. I tried them all but sample 4 looked most like the sky effect I was trying to achieve.
Distress Paint Marbling technique
I used it for a background on gessoed,grey board to join in the Challenge 9 at A Vintage Journey, Use Every Stamp in the Set. I used Paperartsy Hotpicks HP1005 because of the bird stamp.
Paperartsy stamps HP1005
I used the plant and swirl stamps around the edges, some in Peeled Paint DI, some embossed with Olive Wow powder and black Archival Ink.The words, take flight, were repeatedly stamped in the same colours from the background, plus black Archival and white embossing powder. The grasses were stamped in Archival Potting Soil but I didn’t like the effect so overstamped in black.The small stamps are in the grasses if you look carefully. I also spritzed distress markers in picket fence and pumice stone to blend the edges.
I clear embossed Secret Garden on some marbled backing paper then inked over to reveal the letters, to give the effect of secret writing.

Clear embossing and inking reveals the words

Clear embossing and inking reveals the words

I have the PA die of the film strip so die cut and stamped the image into kraft card. The blackbird was stamped in Archival over some more of the background paper and then clear heat embossed.I tied brown string to use as a hanger to link to the kraft card.
Overall, I am pleased with the effect and used 9 stamps. Hope you like it too!


4 thoughts on “Song Bird

  1. Hi Jan 🙂 Your tag is beautiful and it’s lovely to hear how Sandy inspired you with her Destination Inspiration tutorial. You made a marvellous job and the colour is stunning. Beautiful Stam set and I love your layout. The bird looks great sitting on top of the frame. Thank you for sharing with us at a Vintage Journey this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  2. Jan this is another lovely project – the colours are wonderful. Glad Sandy’s tutorial inspired you. I have been playing with my DP’s too – so much fun and mess! Congratulations on your Pinworthy mention – well deserved. Thank you so much for sharing with us again at A Vintage Journey. Nikki x

  3. great job as usual Jan – I’m so happy that the Destination Inspiration was helpful and that you tried the techniques. Thanks for traveling with us at A Vintage Journey.

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