Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #12: Bird

Still time to play in the Twofer January Card Challenge #12: Birds
The challenge ends on the 24th.

My Twofer Birds Cards

Loved both cards.  Thank you Dolly and DT for all the inspiration.

My Bokeh Background Birds Card.

I was inspired by all the Bokeh Technique cards on CAS Mix Up Bokeh January
Card Challenge!
Here is a Bokeh card of mine using the same Distress Ink color combo, but a 
very different design.  Distress Inks:Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover, 
Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet.

I LOVE how my background turned out with the top half representing sky
and bottom half foliage for the stamped STAMPlorations "For the Birds" set.

I sponged the DI's using TH mini blending tool onto Strathmore Mixed Media.
Then die cut with Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Let sponged background dry then stamped birds with Clear Versamark using MISTI.
Removed from MISTI and used the end of a pointed palette knife to carefully
add SU Pool Party EB Powder,  then Crushed Curry and Early Espresso EB Powders.
Then heat set.

Next used Kaisercraft Bubbly Stencil to add Bokeh circles with sponge dauber dabbed
in Versamagic Cloud White Pigment Ink.
Let dry,  then restamped a few of the circles with stencil and ink to add dimension.

Let dry completely,  which is very important when using pigment inks.
Placed in MISTI again and stamped SSS Bouquet of Thanks and 
heat embossed with Early Espresso EB Powder.

Die cut Gemund Woodland 110# cardstock using next largest MB die for a narrow
frame for the main image and attached with fun foam.

Attached layered image to Gemund Woodland card base with fun foam
and Done! Loved the results:-)

Realized the birds were  blending in too much so outlined with 01 Art Pen.
Now Done!

My 2nd Birds card

QACAS ( Quick and CAS) Stenciled background Bird Card!

I already had the background in my stash of stencils:-)
I had splashed the background with Distress Oxide inks: Scattered Straw, 
Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries.

Then used ARTplorations "Barley" Stencil designed by Sanna Lippert
and sponged with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.

Die cut the background with CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle
Nesting Dies. I used the same die set to add the SU Early Espresso
Cardstock framing.

Next stamped the "For the Birds" image in MISTI using Clear Versamark
and heat EB with SU Early Espresso EB Powder.
Also added heat embossed PB sentiment on a sponged background.

Attached layers using fun foam onto SU Whisper White Thick CS.
And Done!  Ended up with Twofers that I really liked:-) Thank you Dolly! Hugs..

Adding to CAS Mix Up January Bokeh

STAMPlorations Anything Goes

Card #1
Stamps: STAMPlorations "For the Birds".  SSS "Bouquet of Thanks".
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media.  Gemund Woodland 110#.
Inks: Distress Inks:Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet. Versamagic Cloud White Pigment Ink.  O1 Art pen.
Accessories: Kaisercraft Bubbly Stencil. SU Early Espresso, Pool Party and Crushed Curry EB Powders and heat tool. TH mini sponging tool.  MB Stitched Rectangle Dies. Fun foam and 
Palette knife.

Card #2
Stamps: "For the Birds" and PB Happy Snippets.
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick and Early Espresso. Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Distress Oxide inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and 
Festive Berries. Clear Versamark.  DI Vintage Photo.
Accessories: ARTplorations "Barley" Stencil.  CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.  MISTI. SU EB Powder Early Espresso and Heat Tool.  Fun Foam


  1. Wow, I love both of these, Nancy! So creative, what a fabulous two-fer. x

  2. Terrific twofers, Nancy, both with beautiful backgrounds. The Bokeh is soft and pretty. The other one is bold and striking. Great stencilling work. xx

  3. Ohhhh, your backgrounds, Nancy! Perfect for your silhouette birds. Love how you made them stand out on #1 with the outline. Beautiful sunset colors on #2. I'm glad you managed to get some Twofer cards done, and they're a perfect fit for the other challenges, too. Thanks for playing with us in our Twofer #12!

    1. After seeing you were the new Twofer DT girl, Leslie..I really wanted to play even more than usual. I love how you get two different cards when you play in this fun challenge:-) Hugs..Nancy

  4. Fabulous cards, both of them. Great Bokeh effect on the first card and love how you did the birds carefully with the embossing powder....so unique. Vibrant and gorgeous second card, with great colours and love the stencil on the background. Very creative cards Nancy and absolutely stunning x.

  5. I love both of your cards. Cute stamp of the three birds on both cards. Your backgrounds are fantastic. Fabulous bokeh!

  6. Nancy, I'm loving your bokeh backgrounds they are so soft and dreamy. Great twofer with the birds :)

  7. Love both of them, Nancy - couldn't choose a favourite from them! Great bokeh background on the first and wonderful vibrant colours on the second.

  8. These are both breathtaking, Nancy! Truly! Your embossed birds look so amazing with your gorgeous backgrounds behind them! I keep scrolling back and forth between the two staring at all the details! I really love the colors of your bokeh design and the dimension of the wood grain e/f!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #12! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Two amazing cards, my friend! The background for the bokeh card is beautiful with your soft colours and bokeh design. Love it framed with the woodgrain paper ... adds lots of wonderful texture. And great idea to outline the birds so they stand out. Your second card is also beautiful with the gorgeous wheat stencil over top of your amazing splashed background. The colours are fantastic! Great cards Nancy! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

  10. WOW! Both of these look amazing. Love your Bokeh background xx

  11. Love these birds, Nancy! They are next on my Stamplorations wish list. Both Bokeh backgrounds are gorgeous! I love the variety of colors in each one and the way you've used the embossing powder on the birds! Very creative, my friend!

  12. Wow, these are both fantastic. I love the bokeh background and the outlined birds really pop against it. The colors on the second card are beautiful. I love that you stenciled over the top of it and it made a perfect backdrop for the birds.

  13. Both your cards are beautiful, Nancy. Your sponging on the bokeh card is so well blended and I love the dreamy colors. The red one is fabulous too with your bright and cheerful colors. Outstanding backgrounds on these!

  14. They're absolutely beautiful!! Your backgrounds are amazing!!

  15. Wow and wow, both cards are beautiful. Back to CAS Mix Up! ...your Bokeh card amazes me, truly! I must emphasize on those birds and all the magic you put into them. Your outlining is the perfect finish making this card so serene. Absolutely incredible.
    Thanks so much for sharing these at CAS Mix Up! warm hugs xx

    1. Thank you so much Joanna. I was very pleased with both cards too:-) Hugs...

  16. Your cards are so pretty!
    I like how you used the wheat stencil
    over the inked background.

  17. wonderful cards Nancy. Really happy feeling, love the look of your bokeh bkg....amazing.
    Hope you are well and keeping warm. We are being hit with ice and snow storms.
    have a great wknd
    xx Karen

  18. Two lovely cards Nancy! That Bokeh background is just beautiful and the stenciled one is so vibrant with the colors you used! Have a lovely weekend! xx

  19. Two GORGEOUS cards, Nancy! Your Bokeh effect on the first one is so pretty and I love how you used your stencils on the 2nd card...WOW! So happy you joined in the fun at CAS Stencil!

  20. Both cards are fabulous, Nancy! I LOVE them. Your Bokeh background is so dreamy and beautiful, and the way you used the bird stamp is wonderful. Coloring the birds using the embossing powders and outlining them with a black marker are so unique and effective.
    The combination of the splashed background and the barley stenciling is fantastic! The heat-embossed birds silhouette is just right on. Love the color palette too.
    Hugs.. Hideko


Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your much appreciated comments! Hugs....Nancy