Hello there and welcome to a new monthly feature at MFT:
Oh this was such a fun project, not only because I got to draw all the foliage but I had to work out how to use the new Birdbath Die-namic to make a stencil that I could then colour.
I cut a piece of Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with a Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle die and then stamped the two birds with Cement Grey Hybrid ink. Both birds were then covered with masks.
As for the birdbath, I started by cutting out the main die from a large piece of masking tape. I set aside the die cut and adhered the negative space to my piece of Neenah and proceeded to sponge Cement Grey Hybrid ink on to it. Once the masks were removed, I was left with a solid grey outline of the birdbath, with both birds perfectly placed. Then I simply coloured on top of the solid inked image using Supracolor Soft pencils, with images on my iPad for reference.
I adopted the same approach for both the birds and foliage, using a combination of both coloured pencil and Neocolor II crayons, whilst referring to images on my iPad.........remember "Google, don't Guess!"
As Caran D'Ache Supracolor Soft pencils are as the name suggests "soft" they do tend to smudge more readily than the Pablo's I usually use, so once I had finished colouring with both them and the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons I made sure that I sprayed the finished piece with fixative. I use Winsor and Newton Professional Fixative, but a fine mist of hairspray will do the job too (it's what I used as a student)
Finally I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing powder.
The card base is a tent fold card, cut using the largest Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle. I wanted to keep the card simple, after all the colouring is supposed to be the focal point!
Thanks for joining me today, until next time