Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hummingbird Christmas

Hi all. I have been traveling for work, and so not being all crafty, but I finally got home a couple of days ago. The whole time I was traveling I kept coming back to making a purple and turquoise hummingbird carrying a Christmas greeting. So when I got home, THIS is what I ended up with:

This image is Steampunk Hummingbird . The silvers on the body of the bird are Cool greys. I added a touch of turquoise to the wings and some of the V12 to the tail feathers as well. This gave a little more dimension to the grey. The purples are V12, 15, 17, and the turquoises are BG000, 12, 45, 49 and 78.  When I was done, I colored around the entire image with B39... this is the blue. I knew I wanted to cut this image out, but the dainty stems of the feathers on the wings was going to make it really tough. 

The background was a LOT of fun.  First I took a piece of white paper and laid down a stencil.  I used a stencil brush and added some art anthology mixed media product.  The one I have is a silver. Once dried, I used silks acrylic glaze over it. The one I used was Caribbean Mist.  I took a paintbrush and painted over the entire area. Then I took a damp paper towel and wiped the glaze off. This removed all the shiny turquoise from everywhere except where the original stencil had left areas open. It is all shiny and glittery and beautifully textured. 

Last I popped up the hummingbird, and added this little charm I found at one of the big box craft stores with some fiber I have had in my stash for about forever. The final step before mounting with the navy and white cardstock was to add some glossy lacquer over the entire image to make it shine. 

And VOILA - crafty hummingbird with Christmas greetings. 

I hope everyone has a HAPPY Christmas and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! 

See you around the web!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SCACD Holiday Inspiration Day

Hi all and welcome to the SCACD Holiday Showcase. The Design Team along with some very special friends have gotten together to provide you with some Holiday Inspiration!  There are a lot of us sharing, so be sure to check out all the wonderful projects by checking out the Follow Your Heart Blog.

I ADORE this Masquerade digital stamp, and Love to color her for Christmas.

One of the things I love about this image is that you can make the fabric be all sorts of beautiful with all sorts of interest. Also, it can be used almost any time. This card is a bit larger than your typical card - as it is more like a 5 x 7 card. Sometimes that causes problems if the paper you want to use is 6.x. 6. In this case I used a 6 x 6 design paper, and cut it in half. Then I used the gold bling over the separation. Boom.... extended pretty paper. :-)

For this particular card I also raised up the main image with foam tape. This gives it a lot of dimensions. I then punched out some holly leaves in two shades of green. Instead of using red bling for berries, I went with the same gold bling I used elsewhere and then layered the leaves and berries up and then added some details with gold pen to the leaves. 

Copic Colors:
Skin - E04, 11, 21, 00, 00, R20
Hair - E18, 15, YR23
Purple - BV08, V17, 25, 22
Greens - G99, YG67, 63, 61
Gold was using a gold pen.

I hope you have enjoyed my take on an SCACD image for Christmas, and are inspired. Head on over to the blog and check out what all the others have put together for you there. 

I am entering this into the Kit and Clowder Christmas Challenge