Saturday, December 01, 2007

Christmas chickadee

Here's a card that never made it onto the blog...mainly because it took me forever to get the instructions down for the background. Now you can find them on the smARTworks site in a photo tutorial! So if you want to create a "Twinkling Northern Lights" background, go there for the step-by-step.

The main supplies for the background technique are Twinkling H2Os and Ranger's Perfect Ink Refresher spray. The PIR is sprayed on cardstock, then painted on with the Twinkling H20s, and sprayed with water. The PIR provides a slippery surface for the wetted paint to slide around, allowing your colors to run and blend.

(This card was largely inspired by Godeleive's card here...just a different season! :) Thank you, Godeleive! )

Before I created the background, I first stamped the chickadee and saying in Versamark ink and embossed the image clear. This created a resist for the background technique.

On the acetate layer, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the bird and saying, and stamped in Stazon Jet Black ink. The snowflakes are stamped in white Stazon, some on the background panel and some on the acetate layer.

I wish you could see the background layer of this card in person - if you have used Twinkling H2os before, you can imagine how shimmery and fun it is. I tried to take a picture at an angle...maybe if you click on it you can get a sense of the sparklinessness. :)

Have a great weekend!


  1. What a wonderful card you have here! Lovely background, I really like ir. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful card. The background is stunning.

  3. what a GORGEOUS card! I am off to check out the tutorial.

  4. What a lovely card,I love birds and the calm colors you chose look divine!!TFS!