Monday, April 16, 2018

CAS Watercolour Reminder: Bird!

You still have until the 24th to play in our CAS Watercolour Bird Challenge!
There are so many beautiful Bird cards from our awesome DT and Guest Designer.
Be sure and check them out!

Recently I played making several ATC's (Artist Trading Cards..2 1/2" x 3 1/2"). 
I used my CUTplorations "ATC Tag Builder" die to die cut my Strathmore Mixed Media paper.

Then the fun began watercolouring the cards.  
On this ATC I used TH Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.

I used Loll's Smooshing and Splashing Techniques on each ATC just varying the colors.
The trick to Distress Oxides is to ALWAYS let each layer dry.
When done I did flick a few water drops with my hand.

BTW,  if you want a real creative treat,  go to Loll's (Stamping with Loll) blog and click on 
her Tutorial Button.  Loll's videos are short, professional and filled with samples:-)

Next I stamped my STAMPlorations "For the Birds" bird using Archival Jet Black ink
using my MISTI and added a doodled border with my 05 art pen.
Then stamped my sentiment in MISTI.

I die cut an ATC window in my 4" by 5 1/4" SU Thick Whisper White layer 
and popped up with foam tape onto card base.

Used Tombow glue inside aperature and placed ATC.  Then attached my black die cut MB "Woodland Branch" that I partially cut down with end of branch on outside of frame.

I added a rhinestone eye for my pretty bird and Done!

Sharing another card I made recently using a red version of my ATC background.
I still have 2 more backgrounds to play with in the future:-)  Enjoy!

Do hope you can play in our CAS Watercolour Bird  Challenge.

Adding to STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes.

Stamps: STAMPlorations "For the Birds" 
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  TM Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron.
Accessories: CUTplorations "ATC Tag Builder" Die.  Memory Box "Woodland Branch". Fun Foam, Tombow liquid glue, craft mat, MISTI, TH mister, SU Rhinestone. 05 Art Pen.


  1. I love this bird, Nancy, and the background is gorgeous! It's a good reminder that I need to use my DOX more. I love how the branch overlaps the frame adding extra interest!

  2. What a BEAUTIFUL background Nancy and I just LOVE the bird image you used! Love the little detail around the frame edge too! Sweet, sweet card my friend!! :0)

  3. So pretty, love the branch stretching outside of the frame and love that wonderful bird.

  4. Beautiful background in great colours - and I love that fun bird image! Great doodled edge and use of the branch die!

  5. Love the colours of your background Nancy. Your intricate designed bird is so pretty on the branch. Thanks so much for the shout out about my videos. You are so sweet! xx

  6. Fantastic smooshed and splashed background, Nancy! The layers of gorgeous colors are just amazing! Thanks for the Distress Oxide ink tip – always let each layer dry. I love the doodled border you drew. It matches the style of the bird design. The black Woodland Branch die-cut is a great accent and you trimmed it to just the perfect length. Hugs.. Hideko

  7. It's fabulous!! I love the frame over that beautiful bird and BG and the branch hanging over is so effective!

  8. This looks amazing the colour blends and the doodled border..well done.
    xx Karen

  9. I do love a pretty watercolor background like this! Nice colors and I like the look of the technique. Also, that's my kind of bird! Looks like it would be fun to color. The branch is perfect for it, and I really like the wide frame with the branch extending out.

  10. This background is incredible and I love the black contrast with the bird and branch...along with the rhinestone eye to compliment. Great doodling my friend, a professional steady hand :D

  11. You sure look like you had fun. Glorious colours, great bird image and love the branch just peeping off onto the frame x

  12. I love your bird image. The background is great and the doodled frame is so cool.

  13. Gorgeous background Nancy, and the ATC looks great with the nice frame outside. DOX are so fun to play with, aren't they? Endless design and color mixes. Love this card!


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