Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter Blues

I have this post today at the
Classy Cards 'n Such blog
and this is my card for our current challenge
using the inspiration photo below...
we would love to have you join in with us!

Hello Classy Friends, Diane here with you today.
This week our challenge theme is Winter Birds.
I have to admit, my card today is far from winter,
but I just could not resist using this awesome stencil by
Dreamweavers called Birds and Blossoms.
I had a technique I wanted to try and this bird just kept calling to me,
or should I say chirping!

 But, before I get to my project, I wanted to share a real winter bird.
I have had about 12 Cardinals at my feeders all at one time.
I love seeing their bright red feathers against the white snow!

Okay, back to the project.
I used a gorgeous Metallic Silver embossing paste by Dreamweavers,
applying it with my Palette Knife to black card stock.

 Here is a photo of the image drying,  it is pretty enough,
you could stop right there!

After the embossing paste was totally dry, I placed my stencil back over
(after cleaning it of course) the embossed image, applied Perfect Medium
by Ranger, then applied Perfect Pearls with a small brush using the colors
Mandarin, Jubilee Blue, and Sour Apple.
This same technique can be done using VersaMark and Dreamweavers Mica Powders.
There are a few more steps after applying your powders,
that I haven't gone into here.

The design papers I used are from Glitz Felicity.
I added a baby blue bow and a beautiful Ribbon Slide.
The finishing touches, were adding LaCreme Pearls to some of the flower centers!

Wouldn't this be a perfect card for a "birthday"
to chase away those "winter blues"!!

We have the current challenge tab on the right,
take a peek at what the DT have created to inspire you,
we would love for you to join in!!

Entering the following challenges:
Dreamweavers January Challenge....Birthday
Craft-Dee Bowz .... Anything goes With a Handmade Bow
Crafting From The Heart .... Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion .... Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge .... Winter Blues
All Sorts .... Spring Flowers
Design Team Showcase  .... DT's only
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday
Using new stencil coloring technique


Leslie Miller said...

Wow! That is really pretty, Diane! The embossing is very dimensional and rich, and then with the color added -- amazing! Love the bow with the ribbon slide on it. I believe I still have one just like it. Your cardinal in the snow is beautiful. We don't have cardinals here. Blue jays yes, but cardinals no.

ellyscard creatief said...

This is amazing.BEAUTIFUL.

Ros Crawford said...

First off let me say I love that inspirations photo and your photo of your bird feeder with the cardinal ... I've never seen one IRL of course ...
Your card is amazing!!! What a beautiful result with that technique ... you are so creative!

brenda said...

You have achieved a beautiful result on this card Diane and such a great reflection in the inspirational photo.

So pleased you joined us at Allsorts this week, thanks for joining in.

B x

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing!! I am so trying that technique!! I have a bunch of Perfect Pearls that I haven't used in forever. I just love the look of this!! Stunning my friend!! Thanks for the inspiration!! And perfect take on the photo!! Your photo is gorgeous, too!! I have a bunch of cardinals, too and I have bluebirds!! I don't think they have ever stuck around in winter before!! Have a great day :)

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Gretchen Wilson said...

As I said earlier, absolutely stunning, love the texture and the coloring

newbie85 said...

BREATH TAKING! Absolutely gorgeous!! You did a BEAUTIFUL job on this card! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

Mulberry Mindy said...

I love this card of yours, Diane. The technique used is one of my favorites, and wish I thought to use it more often. I think our samples for this challenge were just awesome, and thanks for reminding me of this technique.

Donna Maligno said...

Very elegant and perfect for this technique! Thanks for sharing your art on the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge and good luck!

Darlene said...

WOW girlfriend this is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the technique ... don't work much with these pastes but you've certainly inspired me to 'give it a go'!! Just GORGEOUS ... colors & design! Well done ... a very inspirational piece of art!

Darlene said...

LOL ...oops forgot to comment on that beautiful cardinal photo shot! We too have a lot of cardinals, blue jays, juncos, chickadees and I've really been enjoying the various woodpeckers that have come for the suet this year. But you are totally correct on how BEAUTIFUL their color POPS against the white snow ... God's gorgeous creatures!

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Diane. I love the dimensional embossing and the colours are beautiful.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Gail said...

This is beautiful! I adore the technique and the stencil is fabulous! I'm so impressed with your bow. I never thought to slide another piece of ribbon through like that. I'm gonna remember that for one of my bows!! Sooo pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee Bowz this month! Hugs, Gail

Pat K said...

Wow this is gorgeous Diane. I'm inspired to give embossing paste a try. Pat K xxx

Primitive Seasons said...

Beautiful card Diane. Love the technique. Must give this a try with the pastel powders.


Mervi said...

Stunning card, fabulous technique and colouring, so stylish.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts;-))m

Tracy said...

This is so fabulous. Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge. Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card with great impact. Nice technique also!

Thanks for entering Design Team Showcase.

Design Team Showcase
{Craftisan Studios}

Gill W said...

Love this card, its so gentle on the eyes.

JD/ Jill said...

This is so beautifully done! I have not tried to emboss in silver...you have so inspired me to try!

Renee V said...

LOVE the Perfect Pearls on top of the metallic paste.. Turned out so pretty!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Thank you for the beautiful tutorial and for joining the Dreamweaver Stencils challenge this past month. Lovely work!

Pam Hornschu said...

This is simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking it for our January challenge! I've selected it to be featured on the Dreamweaver Stencils Facebook page for today.

Paula said...

gorgeous card; beautiful stencil.