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A Little Birdie Told Me

Mar08_blog24 I love to watercolor and it really does not take as much time as you think. This little 6" by 3" note is colored with SU's Aquapainter and ink refills (Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Real Red.) The key is to stamp the image from the stamp set A Little Birdie Told Me on watercolor paper using Staz On ink. Heat set to speed the drying and then you're ready to paint.

Since WC paper is designed to be painted on when wet, I like to begin by spreading a thin coat of plain water in the area I want to paint first -- in this case the whole bird so it's pretty easy. I press the ink pad lid against the pad to get some ink transferred to the lid -- then drip in some reinker to the lid and use both "strengths" of ink for a little variety. I put down a light layer of Soft Sky, then shade with Blue Bayou and add a touch of red to the belly and beak. Pretty simple yet very pretty.

The card itself is a 6" square of textured Blue Bayou CS folded in half. There's a layer of Blue Bayou Prints Designer Series Paper from SU -- with a row of black faux-stitching thanks to the set All in a Row.

Mar08_blog25 The embellishment is one of the new Die-Cut Blooms from the Occasions Mini catalog that's current through May 31. The blue flower was made using the new "A Perfect Day" rub-ons, also from the Occasions collection. I rubbed it onto the Soft Sky CS first, then punched around the shape with the matching 5-Petal Flower punch from SU. The center is a flower slide from SU's new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware with Black grosgrain ribbon.

Mar08_blog32 This was a March stamp club project -- and here's the card that inspired my idea -- a slightly different version made by fellow 3-2-1 Stamp team demonstrator Mickey Roberts.

EDITED TO ADD: Mickey's bird was not painted, but instead was paper-pieced by stamping the bird a second time on Soft Sky Prints DSP, cutting out the body and adhering it over the one you stamped on the white card stock.