Sunday, 4 October 2015

Cock a Doodle Doo!

This card is not my design, but by the wonderful Barbara Gray of Claritystamp.  The step by step instructions came with issue 16 of the New Design Stencil Club stencil - which, as you can see, is a really useful background stencil.  I have been a member of this club since the start and really enjoy receiving the monthly ideas leaflet and new stencil.  I am also a member of the stamp club which also provides inspiration and a new stamp each month.  I am really pleased with how my version came out, although I am not as proficient with a make-up sponge as Barbara.


I stamped the cock and hen onto white 7" x 7" Clarity Gelli card using black Archival ink.  Once I had masked off the birds and added a moon mask, I attached the stencil at the top with masking tape to create a hinge.  I used Stonewashed Adirondack ink as a base for the sky, Butterscotch in the bottom left corner and Cranberry in the right.  I checked each time that I was pleased with the result by lifting the stencil - easy to replace in the same place when you use a hinge of masking tape - great tip Barbara!  Denim Adirondack ink provided additional depth of colour in the top corners.  I love the effect where the inks overlap - purple, green and orange.  Once I was happy, I removed the stencil and added more Denim ink as a shadow below each bird with a make-up sponge; then I removed the masks.
Next came the fun part; using Spectrum Noir pencils to colour in the birds.  As I have previously said, I adore these pencils as they blend so well; not one green pencil was used nor any red; the range of colours you can make is virtually infinite just by layering one colour over another.  Although there are a total of 120 colours available in the range, I only used 8 different pencils for this project; three of those were shades of blue!  The text stamp which comes in the set was added under the birds, to give them something to dance on.  To finish, I rounded the corners; matted onto black card, rounding the corners once again; then the whole piece was added to the front of a ready made white 8" x 8" card blank. 
I think this card is really versatile.  I will be using it as a birthday card for my teenage son (who never wants to get up in a morning).  However, I believe it could also be used as a Valentine's card, as the birds seem quite romantic in the moon light!


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