Thursday, 28 February 2013

Is it a gull, is it a teal?

I wasn't intending to use Fine Feathers for the rest of the week but as usual I've got carried away so guess what stamp set I've used for my regular Three Minute Thursday slot today? You're right - Fine Feathers! It's something a little bit different and I've discovered how much fun it is to design with feathers! I chose to use the fabulous colours at Dynamic Duos for this card - come and see how it turned out:


I've cheated a little with this card - the main panel took me three minutes but since cutting the card stock doesn't take much longer it's still a very quick card.


The design relies on a group of three, strong horizontals and the shadow underneath each feather which makes them pop. I stamped the feathers in Island Indigo ink, using a stamp-a-majig to get them where I wanted them, and coloured them with a Pool Party marker. I used long strokes making sure the spines of the feathers were left uncoloured and, underneath each spine, I built up the colour using the same marker - can you see how much darker it is? Finally the shadows were marked in with a Sahara Sand Watercolour Wonder crayon - I love the natural effect this gives.


This gorgeous sentiment from A Word For You has a good horizontal feel to it too and, for a bit of extra pizzazz, I added a quick touch of glitter. I have no idea what kind of gull would be shedding these aqua, glittery feathers but I expect the rest of the gulls would be scandalised!

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Fine Feathers, A Word for You
Ink: Island Indigo
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Island Indigo
Other: Pool Party marker, Neutrals Watercolour Wonder crayons, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, stamp-a-majig
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When our children were very young, we used to take annual holidays on Norfolk's beautiful north coast where there are many bird reserves, and took to bird watching in a very amateur way. I remember one day out, involving a walk to a birdwatching hide, which didn't go too well until it dawned on me that my youngest son had mistaken the word 'hide' for 'hive'...

Good gracious, it's Friday already tomorrow - how did that happen?! See you tomorrow,

15 comments:

  1. VERY pretty. Love the coloring with those markers and especially the shadows! Great job!
    Lynn

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  2. Wow, Vicky, WOW!

    Your poor son! I wouldn't want to go to a birdwatching hive, either!!

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  3. Fabulous colouring, they look so 3-dimensional. I love this set too and the ideas you keep giving me!!
    Louise xx

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  4. Love all your feather cards! I have this set and thought I'd use it loads but so far I'm struggling with it, so I can feel some CASEs coming on, LOL!

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  5. Seriously!!.... they're stamped! They look so realistic like they are just lying on the card, love the glittery shimmer too..... gorgeous card Vicky :0)
    Laughing at the mix up, happens quite a lot with James too :0)
    Jenny x

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  6. Beautiful Vicky, but it must be getting towards the end of the week and you need a rest! Your supply list is for another card me thinks!!

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    1. LOL - well spotted Ann! I think you're right about a rest - perhaps a nice weekend in a luxury hotel would do the trick! Have updated the supply list now. x

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  7. This is stunning, Vicky, in the top photo the feathers totally look as if you've cut them out and stuck them on the card. If I tried this, there's no way it would come out this good!

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  8. Beautiful cards Vicky, I can't believe the feathers are stamped, they look so real. I love the added sparkle.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  9. Gorgeous card Vicky-i love the colour-and you have made the feathers look soooo realistic with your colouring/shadow-really pretty card :)
    Oh,your poor Son !Did it put him off birds forever ?!! Hugs,Nessa :) xx

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  10. Well another clever you card, LOVE LOVE LOVE it and the colour and glitter is gorgeous. Great detail with the shadow too.

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  11. A lovely card, Vicky, what beautiful feathers in a great colour. xxxx

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  12. The bird who lost these feathers must be beautiful with all his glittery plummage, LOL, however, you have definately mastered the one layer 3D look - just gorgeous!

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  13. I do love this one Vicky - the feathers look so 3D - might have to give this one a go! - Jacqueline xx

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  14. Vicky, I should think ANY bird would be proud to have blue glittery feathers like yours on your card!!!

    Simply gorgeous
    Bev x

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x