Monday, August 1, 2011

Cracked Bird Collage

I made this card for a couple of challenges, the Fanatical About Botanical Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and the August Challenge at Hero Arts.

I love the look of collage cards but have never tried making one. So I got the Collage Bird stamp a little while ago to ease myself gently into something that isn't my usual style. I wanted an aged look on the Bird Collage image so I stamped it on cream card, coloured with ProMarkers and applied antique linen and pumice stone distress inks. After that I clear embossed the whole image about 5 times and had some fun cracking the embossing for a more distressed look.

Cracked Bird Collage

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Bird Collage & Old Letter Writing

My friend Trinh sent me the gorgeous background paper. Sometimes I find it hard to cut into gorgeous papers (or fabrics) so I just braced myself and went for it here! The flower embellishment is all thanks to my friends – my mum for the button, Sally for the seam binding (applied antique linen distress ink to it), Linda for the cream flower (applied antique linen distress ink and stamped the Old Letter Writing with walnut stain distress ink) and Trinh again for the green flower (applied copper stickles to the edges) – thanks again everyone:)

13 comments:

Barb said...

Wow! You would never know this was your first collage card, Heather! Amazing creativity! It turned out just beautifully!

Brenda said...

Oh Heather! You really are an inspiration! I love how you made that Bird Collage stamp come to life here! It looks so amazing "cracked" like this! Love your work!

susanne said...

This is so pretty Heather! Love the delicate crackling!

Patricia said...

Love your card i have to try it =P Hugs

Rosemary said...

a lovely card, heather... the crackled effect looks so pretty!

dustypenny (Joy) said...

Beautiful, Heather! Hugs.

Jacqueline said...

Such a beautiful card Heather - those colors are eye-candy!

Maureen Morton said...

So rich and lovely, Heather! Love those colors and the crackles. When I do that technique it just looks like somebody dropped it and it got broken! you have style, girl! Thanks!

Nancy said...

wow, that Bird Collage stamp never looked better, Heather! Such a fabulous technique, love what you did with this lovely card!

Tiffany said...

So beautiful and elegant, love the deep, rich colors you've created!

Suzanne C said...

Oooh... Love this! The vintage effect with the distressed and embossed image is gorgeous!

Cath said...

Hey Heather Maria! Thanks again for linking up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)

Kathy W said...

This is a stunning card. I love the cracked glass technique with this this stamp. Thanks for sharing.

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