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Monday, 18 March 2013

Harbinger of Spring

I'm so ready for Spring.  For a few days it was actually beginning to seem as if Spring was around the corner.  I didn't even have to wear my winter boots for nearly a week.  I was daydreaming of wearing flip-flops.  And then it snowed again---and again---and again.  I guess Winter isn't quite ready to let go.

I've been picking up the Nature's Walk stamp set off and on but hadn't really decided what I wanted to do with it.  When it began snowing again, I knew I had to have a Robin in my life.  If they weren't ready to fly back to this snowy area, then I was going to make my own.  And so I did.


I really like my little robin even though cutting him out was a bit of a chore.  Still, he looks almost as if he's going to burst into song, doesn't he?  That's what gave me the idea to use the Natural Composition Designer Paper with the musical notes embossed on it.  A perfect background for one of the more musical birds.

I wanted flowers, too.  I have loved the Fabulous Florets stamp set from the very first time I saw it.  The flowers in that set are wonderful.  This time I decided to make some very delicate flowers using the Creped Filter paper.  Yes, that's very flimsy paper, but with a couple of layers of watered-down Crystal Effects on  the fronts of the flowers and a layer of the Frost White shimmer paint on their backs, they had a lot more body.  I loved the effect.

I used my watercolour pencils in order to get the very subtle colours in the flowers and also in the robin.

My finished card definitely made me feel a lot better.  If it isn't going to look like Spring outside, then I've at least managed to bring Spring inside.


Doesn't the card make you feel as if Spring is here?

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful card! You did a great job with the coloring.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I like colouring with my watercolour pencils for really realistic effects. I have so much more control of how much colour I'm putting down and can blend in new colours as well. I really like the Watercolour Wonder crayons for this, too, but don't have all the colour families yet. Those blender pens work miracles, too. :)

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  2. This is gorgeous!!! I love the clouds, and all the lovely stamps you used here. TFS

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Once I got over the hurdle of fussy cutting the robin, the rest of the card was a real pleasure to create. Almost makes up for the white stuff outside.

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  3. This is a beautiful card!! The robin looks so real. What colors did you use for him, if you don't mind sharing?! I just got the watercolor pencils & haven't used them for many things yet. Thanks for your help & for sharing. Beth Bethluvs2kraft@aol.com

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    1. Hi Beth, I don't mind sharing at all. You'll love the watercolour pencils. The control you have over the amount of colour added to a picture is awesome. Will email you. :) Thanks for the compliment. I needed a robin in my life.

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  4. I will definately case your card I have all the stamps you used I dont have the framelets. I'm sure I will come up with something. Would you share how you did the flowers and what colors you used on them and the bird. Your card is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Julia Cognion

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