Friday, July 31, 2015

Live Life Out Loud


I had fun making a masculine card this afternoon, 
and using some NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff).

I have had these  STAMPlorations sets for more than a day or two, and decided that it was time to ink them up. 

This bird from the Small Birds set has always put me in mind of a Kookaburra, and as this card is heading to Australia, I wanted to use it.   I did  a (strategic) watercolour wash and stamped and embossed over it, then coloured the beak and branch with watercolour pens. 

We have experienced the noise a Kookaburra can make (at 3:00a.m., no less), so I felt this sentiment from the Noteworthy  set was appropriate....

The first layer was made by creasing a piece of cream paper, smooching a pad of Broken Glass DI direct to it, scrumpled it again, then smooched Tea Dye DI over it.
I layered a die cut over that before adhering the image and sentiment - the edge of the image panel was distressed and sponged with Tea Dye DI, the sentiment was only sponged.

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  1. Love this stamp set and your card is fabulous Maxine...aren't their stamps lovely to

  2. The crumpled and inked background is really very effective. The bird is very unique. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, on our 194th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  3. Love the textured background to your kookabura stle bird.
    Thanks for playing at STAMPlorations. :)

  4. Hello my fellow Kiwi crafter! Lovely to see your entry pop up in the challenge this week. Love that fab image and your inky skills. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Fab 'n' Funky girls this challenge. I LOVE what you did for the challenge. Look forward to having you join us again soon. Hugs, Wends x Fab 'n' Funky DT

  5. This is so beautiful. Thank for sharing is Crafting with An attitude, hope to see you again.
    Rebecca, DT

  6. This one is just brilliant. Enjoyed reading how you colored the bird and the background papers. It certainly worked wonderfully well to add the splash of color in the perfect places. Also liked the texture of the dots cover mat. Very pretty & well designed card. TFS & Hugs

  7. Fabulous Maxine! Great image and I love the way you coloured outside the lines on your bird, very trendy and so artsy, love it! hugs :)

  8. Oh wow! I love the texture you added with the crumpling of the paper (a favorite technique of mine). Beautiful card!

  9. Wow- this is so pretty- I LOVE this bird- and your colors and the way you coordinated with the background- delightful!

  10. Awesome masculine card! I love, love, love your sentiment and the bird you did is awesome. The texture is a perfect touch to highlight your wonderful image. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  11. Love love love your distressed background. Makes me want to race home and get my DIs out too!! Thanks for sharing this great card with us at Southern Girls for our ATG week!
    Lauren DT xo

  12. Fabulous card with lovely colors and design.Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner Agnieszka DT

  13. This is such a wonderful card with bold colors. I love the textures too. So glad you joined us at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with an awesome inspiration from the Scripture in Hebrews 3:6 and it says, "But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast." Have an awesome week.

    JO ANN

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card, the tewture is perfect and that stamped bird is colored so fabulously! :)
    Suchi xx

  15. Great texture and love the colours - I have always loved that sentiment! {{{hugs}}}

  16. Oh my word, what fun you've had making this gorgeous card, thanks for sharing it with the Southern Girls. Good luck, Julie x


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