Sunday, September 25, 2011

I have crafted and ...

Just thought I'd let you know I have been a busy bee in my little crafting room.

I am posting this because I want to say how funny it is that blog postings are down, way down for most of those friends involved in Secret Pals of Anything Goes on Paper Craft Planet.

One must presume there is top secret crafting going on all over this big, wide world. I proudly declare myself one of those secretive crafters. How about you?

See you on the 10th of October. Right now I have things to get done and I'm running out of time. Tick, tock...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Running with basics - part two

 Apparently I was a little too basic in the last post. To recap basics include stamp image, card stock and ink.
Next up, acetate which we all knows requires StazOn ink and a steady hand so the stamp doesn't slide.
Now beyond the basics. Pearl Ex, Gum Arabic, water and paint brush. Normally I skip the Gum Arabic as a binding agent since the acetate will cover the final image. I opted to use as I wanted to make sure the blue Pearl Ex mixed well with the interference green Pearl Ex for a more intense iridescent effect which sometimes acetate can mute.  For the background I used just the blue Pearl Ex and Distress Ink in Old Paper applied with the water brush.
 Finishing off the background image is a little Copic coloring on the blossoms and twigs. I also touched up the face and chest of the bird with a little warm grey Copic. While it is recommended that Copics be colored first and then other mediums applied, I tend to use the grays over other mediums and do so with a lighter hand. Knock wood, no problem to date.
That's just about it...Trim to size, frame with some pretty paper strips, fancy cord and mount image to card. In this case I used a polarized embossed silver card stock which has more of the Old Paper Distress Ink around the edges to soften so much shimmer.
Plenty of room to customize the front yet or leave as is. I tend to like the cleaner line and open space. Gives the eyes a place to rest.

Speaking of rest....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What teaser?

This post is started in response to the comment left on previous post by my wonderful and entertaining friend Claire. She asked I give the basics, stand back and see what happens. Well, I'm doing just that!

Basic enough? Stepping back to wait.

Now that's a teaser ;) All in good fun and bonus is I will get more than one post from the creation of a card.

Every voice counts.

Allow me to introduce myself to anyone that has been diligent enough to check (yes, Pammie Lou) in on me.
My name is Birdie and I haven't forgotten my vow to do this till it becomes habit. Just tremendous conflict between posting what I am making or waiting till it's received. Today, I am squashing that problem. So, if you should receive a card I blog about I can only hope you might consider it an honor. I am pretty picky about cards I make. They have to have just the right amount of mistakes home made touches before I show them off.

That said, one more thing and this is where every voice counts. Would you rather just see photo and read my ramblings or would you rather I go into a little depth supply wise, etc. I'm no expert and will admit it is awkward for me to stop and take photos while making but if anyone finds it useful, I am more than happy to help. I would greatly appreciate feed back. Meanwhile, I vow I will get a light box out of hubby to help with photo improvements...

Looking forward to some honest and I'm sure some entertaining comments.