Monday, August 28, 2017

A Thoughtful Bird Study

One afternoon, I decided to do a "bird study" with the adorable Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  Since it includes a coordinating die cut, it was really fun to play with and to come up with different color combinations for the bird.  It is actually a 3-step stamp with three separate layers of images to create great detail on the bird.  

This first card uses a linen look paper from the Basics Fundamentals paper packet, along with a sentiment and the bird from Thoughtful Bird.  Ink colors used for the bird were Almond, Sweet Leaf, and Toffee.  

Next I wanted to create more of a peach colored bird, so used ink colors Sorbet, Toffee, and Espresso.  Also used the same linen paper and a sentiment from the Birthday Sparkles stamp set.  

Everyone loves a blue bird, so this one uses Crystal Blue, Almond and Toffee inks for the bird.  To create a bit of background, an image from the versatile Splash of Color stamp set was used.  The striped paper is also from the Basics Fundamentals paper packet. 

One of my favorites is the red bird.  It is not truly a cardinal since there is not a crown on his head, but the colors worked out wonderfully.  For this bird, I actually only used the first and third layers of stamp images, so only the colors Cranberry and Black.  And I felt that the bird still looks great without that extra layer of detail.  To complete the card, a dotted paper from the Basics Fundamentals packet with used along with some black Glitter Paper which really adds a nice background for the bird.  

Finally, I decided to use only the "negative space" left by using the die cut.  Layered behind the bird is a piece of our new Silver Foil Paper which has been embossed using the new Rose Embossing Folder and a Cuttlebug.  The Foil Paper is available in both Silver and Gold, and embosses beautifully with no tears or blemishes.  This sentiment is also included in the Thoughtful Bird stamp set.  The ribbon is part of the new Basics Ribbon pack.  

Hope you have enjoyed this little bird "study" and I thought it was perfect to share for the current Anything Goes--CTMH Style challenge on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog.  

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
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  1. Great use of different color combinations...I also like the red bird!
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Wow, great assortment techniques on your bird cards...all are very pretty.

  3. I'll be coming back to this post lots in the coming days when I finally get my bird inky. Thanks for sharing your color schemes. All of them are lovely!

    1. You are most welcome, Becca. Hope the color combos are helpful to you!

  4. These are stunning and the prettiest cards I have seen with the bird set. Thanks for joining us at H2H.

  5. I wasn't a fan of this little birdie at first, but after seeing your gorgeous creations, I may have to reconsider! Plus so nice of you to list your color combos.


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