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Apr 15, 2016

Brushstroke Birds

Happy Friday :-)

I received a shipment of some brushstroke stamps a little while ago, and finally I made my first card with one of these pretty stamps. I had already stamped it a week or so ago just to try out the stamp, but it was just laying on my desk waiting to be used.  I wasn't sure I liked all the colors I used on the birds, but didn't want to waste my good watercolor paper, so I just hung on to it.
 I used different colors of distress markers for coloring directly onto the stamps, then lightly spritzed it with water before stamping onto Winsor & Newton watercolor marker paper. 
Yesterday I realized I needed an anniversary card for my aunt and uncle, and then I thought this image was perfect for this occasion.
I used a zig clean color brush pen to add some blue shading around the image. I also wanted to add some stenciling to be able to play along in the CAS Mix up challenge, where the theme is stamping, stenciling and choose one more from their side bar list. For my stencil I used "Hypnotic" by Penny Black in two of the corners. It's hard to tell I used a stencil, it blends too well with the shading I did around the image. Stitching was the other option I chose from the challenge blog's side bar. I am not sure if my design is clean enough, as I ended up stamping some music notes onto the card...

I finished off the card by adding the sentiment which was stamped onto vellum paper.

By the way I have this stamp listed brand new in my Etsy shop, along with a few other brushstroke stamps if you are interested.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Enjoy your weekend! It's finally nice and sunny over here!


  1. I love your birds, Elli! The are perfect for an anniversary card! Love that soft background and your stitching! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Hi Ellie. I think your watercolour is beautiful --- love those bright colours. Perfect technique to use with this stamp. I have these birds on my wishlist. :) Love the background with the musical stamp. And your vellum sentiment banner is just perfect so it doesn't cover up any of your gorgeous watercolouring. I can't see the stenciling, but I bet it adds some texture and visual dimension. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. So pleased you went for some Brushstroke stamps Ellie, I know they will be popular and what a stunning creation you made t showcase them.

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    B x

  4. Beautiful!! I love it!!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors! Fabulous image! Thanks for the tip on JoAnn's too, I'll check them out!

  6. Wow!! This is just simply GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. In my book this is CAS because the design is sleek. I love a colored image on a simple card. Always wondered about these brushstroke stamps. It sure turned out amazing on your card! Love how you used the vellum for the sentiment so the stamp is still visible. Just beautiful!

  8. Love this stamp Karen x

  9. Gorgeous!

  10. I love this card its just gorgeous. :D


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