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May 18, 2016

Birds and Blossoms

Hi everyone,  I have a new card to share today! I have been playing some more with my Zig clean color real brush pens and this time I inked up some Penny Black stamps.
 I started out by stamping the birds with versafine onyx ink onto Winsor & Newton Watercolor Marker paper. After coloring the birds I let them completely dry before coloring the background. After the background dried I used a music sheet unmounted stamp randomly on the background to add a little interest. Then I masked off part of the bottom portion using a torn piece of post it note to stamp the grass. I tore the piece because I didn't want a sharp edge of the grass.
The card was finished off by adding some messy sewing and I added some butterflies and sticky pearls.  Sentiment is from the set Heartfelt, birds and grass from the set Enjoy Life, both by Penny Black.

A little closeup below...
   Several colors were used to color the birds (mid-gray, carmine red, orange, bright yellow)- I just kept adding another color until I was happy with the outcome), and I used 3 shades of green for the leaves (light green, olive (?), deep green). The blooms were done with just light pink. Cobalt blue and light green for the backgrounds. 
All these colors are from the set of 36 pens. If you have been thinking about getting these but think you need the large set and don't want to spend that much money, believe me, you will have plenty of pens with just the 36 set. I ended up ordering 2 extra red tone pens, but you can easily mix these colors on an acrylic block to get the color you need. They mix beautifully!

This card was made for the midmonth reminder at Penny Black and More. We have a simple theme this month, anything goes with a stamp as the focal point. Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team made and take a look at all the wonderful prizes!
Also don't forget about my linky parties - Let's Color and Critters and Creatures! I'd love for you to join in so I can some see what you have been working on!

Thanks so much for visiting!!


kiwimeskreations said...

Very pretty card Ellie - /the birds are beuatiful, and I love the background with the hint of stamping, and the grasses there at the bottom.

Mervi said...

Wow you've played with your new markers! Fabulous card, lovely background and the birds are so sweet;-))m

Lynn said...

I love the artistic casualness you achieve with this card. You did a marvelous job of coloring with the pens. I need to practice more with mine. The stitching was a terrific touch of texture.

brenda said...

The PB birds are coloured beautifully Ellie and like how you have built up the scene with tour worker stamps and the stitching round the edge really focuses the eye on the focal elements.

B x

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING those birds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Johnson said...

This is so GORGEOUS! I love birds!

Tinka's paper wonderlland said...

Amazing card!!
♥Hugs Valentina♥

Tracy Welham said...

Wow, beautiful card! Love the stitched frame. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Jeannie said...

Hi Ellie! This is soooo beautiful! Thought I'd stop by for a visit and I see you have some gorgeous creations as usual. My current blog challenge is Dance with Fairies. If you have time stop by and join me!

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Kara Lynne said...

This is so pretty and cheerful! I love the wonky stitching around it too!

Linby said...

So beautifully done - love the colours and all the details.
Lynn x

Linby said...

So beautifully done - love the colours and all the details.
Lynn x

wannabcre8tive said...

A very beautiful card. Wonderful coloring and stitching.