Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Little Birdie Birthday

Welcome

And a special welcome to my newest follower, Ishani, who's blog is called Quillish.  Please pop over and visit, her work is a delight to the eyes.

I made this card for a friend who loves greens! 

Hence why another Alcohol Ink background in these tones.  This time the inks were dropped onto a surface of hairspray and mixed with my finger, then sprayed again to get a less distinct pattern.  I learnt of this technique here on the Ink Stains Blog by Roni. His results differ from mine, but I am happy with my end product.  
I did learn that the gold and silver mixatives don't play well with this technique.


I tried no-line colouring with this wee bird from a Sweet n Sassy set Birds and Blooms. I stamped it with Desert Sand Memento ink and coloured it with my Polychromos.


I die cut the image with a die from the S/B Marvelous Squares set, then painted the edge with Semco Mica paint.  This was mounted onto the background with two gold glitter 'corners', which were made by cutting an old Cuttlebug /Provo craft square die cut diagonally.


The sentiment was embossed in gold and mounted over some organza ribbon across the top of the alcohol ink background.


This panel was mounted over gold glitter cardstock, and then onto dark green cardstock, and some small champagne pearls added.


I stamped and coloured a floral branch from the same stamp set as the bird, and coloured it with polychromos.  The sentiment was a SnS stamp from the Prayerful Thoughts Set.





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36 comments:

froebelsternchen said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the bird and the sentiment about prayers!
Happy day!
Hugs, Susi

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, this is a lovely birthday card! The bird is gorgeous and the overall card is too!

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful card full of lovely words.xx 💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

MariLynn said...

Love how the alcohol ink background looks. I like the no line coloring on your bird too. Hope you have a great day. Blessings.

Quillish said...

Oh Maxine, Thank you so much for the lovely welcome. What a lovely card in greens and I love a bird card. I have had a recent fascination with greens. I remember an instructor who was training us for marathons told us once, 'if you feel tired look at the greens'. It's been 10 years and I still do that, running or not.

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

Oh how beautiful Maxine! I love this bird, your design and the wonderful sentiment. Hugs, Autumn

J said...

What a lovely card - Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers...

Jackie

Mac Mable said...

Gorgeous effect with the inks on the background and a fun technique that I have not heard of. Beautiful card x

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi this is a stunning card I love it. Thank you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog for the current challenge which is always Anything Goes. The sponsor is Star in My Pocket/ Star Stampz. Hugs Jackie DT

MaryH said...

What a lovely result on the alcohol. Wonder if you used matte or glossy paper? This is a new technique to me, but golly, it surely made an awesome background. Fantastic pencil work on the bird, I love the bright colors of his dress. The inside is just as pretty too, so well done! TFS &Hugs

MaryH said...

PS: forgot to mention that is a very apt verse at the end of your blog. Prayer is SO powerful. TFS that as well.

Glennis said...

A lovely card Maxine, and thanks for the link, I have not seen that before

Karen Letchworth said...

SO beautiful inside and out....just like you, Maxine. Your art is a blessing to me and your friendship is as well. I pray that God will continue to bless and keep you. I enjoy your art and your blog friendship more than you will ever know. I pray that God will watch over you and bless you every day.
Hugs,
Karen
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Billie A said...

Pretty card and great design inside and sentiment. Thanks for sharing over at Always Happy Birthday.

Billie A
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brenda said...

Beautiful bird and blossoms Maxine and loving the soft yet zestly colours.

B x

Dawn Turley said...

Fabulous card Maxine. Great colouring and love the inside as well.

Monica said...

Hi dear Maxine,
This card is so very charming. The birdie is the cutest and what nice colouring. I like the palette you have used.

Love,
Monica

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful card Maxine. I think birds are my all time favourite image for a card, and this one is so amazing! I am loving all the glittery gold accents, wow it's so elegant and goes so well with the fresh spring greens! A gorgeous birthday card! hugs :)

Donna Ellis said...

Wow, Maxine! Gorgeously done! So many beautiful shiny elements, and lovely textures. Your parakeet is amazing! It's a lovely creation! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Thanks for supporting us, and we hope to see more of your pretty creations in the future. Please check back to see if you are a winner or our next guest designer. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
Smiles,
Donna
{Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

Gerrina said...

So good to try new things! Love the colours, the text and the blossom; a beautiful personalized card! Hugs, Gerrina

Suzi said...

Very nice card, love the wee bird and your sentiment inside. Thank you for joining us over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge. Good luck!
Hugs
Suzi x

Marilyn said...

Wowsa Maxine, this is so pretty!

Fran said...

Your card is lovely. I love the background technique you used. You did a nice job on the no line coloring on the bird. I know your friend is going to love the card. Hugs, Fran

Megan J said...

Hi Maxine, a gorgeous little feathered friend, love the soft colours you used and the background looks great, love the gold splotches... the inside is so very pretty... have a wonderful weekend... Megan
P.S. Our family history takes up a lot of time, but it is soooo interesting.... found news article on my grandad as a little boy, chasing after a swamp wallaby through a town, followed by station master and workers, girl guides, swimmers, sets quite a funny image in my mind... Megan

Mary C said...

Adorable card. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge this month.

sharon said...

Beautiful card Maxine, the background is fabulous.
hugs
sharon :)

Debi said...

Fab card. Thanks for the great details. And thanks for sharing at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Good luck. Debi DT TT

Sylvia said...

Beautiful card,Maxine.Love the pretty bird and the sentiment.Enjoy your weekend.

Gr,Sylvia

Julie said...

Very pretty card. Love the inside
Thanks for joining us at Digi Choosday
Julie T

Miss Emerald said...

Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

Lovely Linda said...

Awww this is beautiful inside and out Maxine - you certainly rock thise backgrunds. Love that image too! xo

Darnell said...

What a super sweet birdie, Maxine! I love it! It's like you drew it yourself with the no-line coloring and good job with the bold alcoholic background! (Wonder how long the ink will stay on your finger?!) The inside is springtime personified!! Hugs, Darnell

Loll said...

Beautiful card Maxine. I have not heard of using hairspray with AIs. Interesting. Your background is really pretty. The mixatives work differently than the regular AIs with all products including the blending solution. But they add a lovely metallic sheen. Your bird is so sweet. Great job colouring! xx

Karteluszki Reni said...

Dziękuję za udział w wyzwaniu Card Mania ;)

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Fabulous! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge :)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Just wonderful Maxine! I love the fun background technique. Have you ever tried hand sanitizer? It gives a wonderful and prob similar result! You can also use Copic reinkers or AI reinkers if you have any.