I don't know about where you live, but here in SW Ohio, Mother Nature has been having her way with us. One day it's 60F, then it snows that night. It's crazy, I tell you!
There is a robin that hangs out in my back yard, and Bobra is terribly distracted by him. He "talks" to the robin from the safety of his indoor perch, and I wonder what he'd do if I ever let him outside (which I won't.)
Also, I've made a lot of pretty trash lately, so the other day I tried to combine a few challenges to jump-start my mojo. I tried to combine the now-expired Colours and Sketches color challenge:
(though mine ended up more on the blue side), with the also-expired Merry Monday Christmas Challenge:
where I used the sketch as a starting point, but I didn't make a Christmas card ... you see how this is going, right?
Here's my card, then I'll explain more:
I used (for the first time!) my Stampotique bird that I water colored as a robin. And yes, he is spitting.
You can see my attempts at layering in order to follow the sketch, but I only managed three of the banners. Also, my sentiment is wonky since I am old and my hands are no longer as steady as they used to be. Plus, I was too lazy to draw lines. I think the wonky letters go fine with the spitting robin, though.
I heat-embossed the robin, and knowing that Copics don't like black embossing (they seem to do fine with white, though), I chose to watercolor the robin. I smooshed some Distress Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with some water, then used a dry brush to spread it on the image. I only slipped once or twice. ;/
Then, even knowing Copics don't like black embossing, I went around the outside with a very light blue Copic, being very careful not to touch the embossed edge.
With all the layers and banners, I had to raise up the horizontal piece, so I added two black brads since the backs wouldn't be a problem. I think they anchor the horizontal piece, too.
I kinda like how this turned out, and it definitely expresses our collective sentiment about Spring. I am sooo ready for it. In fact, I've arranged for my garden to be tilled early next month. I cannot wait!
Thanks for stopping by!
Products used: Stampotique Shouting Bird, vat of clear embossing powder, SU Calypso Coral card stock, misc black brads, Tombow adhesive, and the following: