Saturday, 14 August 2010

FTL Challenge 103 with two step bird punch robin

Another Saturday - another FTL challenge! For challenge 103,  Natasha has posted this sketch on the Clean and Simple Stamping site:
And here is my offering this week:

Yes, a Christmas card! The weather has been so lousy in the last couple of days that it's been all too easy to imagine those long winter nights... but it's been great for crafting and doing indoors kinds of things with my fabulous children, so I'm not complaining!

I love sponging with ink but haven't done it for a while, so I really enjoyed using this easy technique today. The background is sponged with Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive inks, then the ivy and the branch are stamped over the top. The robin is an inked two step bird punch bird popped up on dimensionals (I'm hoping to show you how I made him in my very first video tutorial. EDITED TO ADD: The video tutorial has now been uploaded - please go to the next post to view it.) I stamped a sentiment, distressed the edges of the focal panel and mounted it onto Ruby Red card stock before finishing with some of the lush satin ribbon in Chocolate Chip and attaching it to a Chocolate Chip card base.

I had so much fun that I made another version using a different layout!

Stamps: Bird on a Branch, Vintage Vogue, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Whisper White, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip (1st card) or Kraft (2nd card)
Other: Two step bird punch, Chocolate Chip marker

I have a real soft spot for robins so you can expect to see more of this little chap on this blog!
Hope you're all having a happy weekend.
Hope to see you very soon.


  1. Gorgeous cards.
    The bird is lovely.
    Great stamps.

  2. Love those robins, Vicky! Your sponging is fabulous. Can't wait to see your video -- I love a good English accent! :)

  3. Your robins are coloured beautifully and looking forward to seeing your video

  4. Love how you sponged on the color to make this truly look like a robin. I like your choice of stamps to create the trees/branches.

  5. WOW Vicki I can't wait to see the video on how you did this bird - He looks amazing!

  6. I'm looking forward to your video too- need all the help I can get with sponging!! Your cards are so lovely.

  7. What fab cards Vicky, I love the backgrounds and the robin is so looking forward to seeing the tutorial on how to make him x

  8. Sweet cards ... I just love how you used the bird punch. I'm crazy about that punch!! Wonderful take on the CAS sketch - TFS!
    Cheers, Karen


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