Tuesday 15 May 2012

The bird in the Apothecary Art bush

I can never resist a bird stamp so when I saw this week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays, to make a clean and simple project featuring birds, I couldn't wait to get started. Unfortunately my mind went a bit of a blank until I had a bit of a sort out on Sunday evening and found an off-cut piece of brayering... Come and see the result:

I liked the 'Northern Lights' effect of the brayered piece and thought it made a great backdrop for my blackbird. The flowers/foliage image is from one of the stamps in my Apothecary Art set; using a marker to colour it, I stamped once on the card base and then again, upside down on the panel using a stamp-a-majig to line everything up.

The bird has been coloured with watercolour pencils (using my trusty bird book as a reference to check what he'd REALLY look like!) Just look at his beady eye!

The sentiment was stamped onto the card base to get the descenders, then again right on the edge of the brayered panel. When I attached the panel to the card front I carefully lined them up - although it doesn't look as if I did from this photo!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Nature Walk, Apothecary Art, For my Family
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White, Pool Party
Other: Markers, watercolour pencils, brayer, stamp-a-majig
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

Yesterday I was talking to my daughter about the Disney film WALL-E. We'd watched it recently while she was out at work. "You really must see it - it's a wonderful film," I told her. "Isn't it really depressing?" she asked. "Not at all!" I said. "It's uplifting!" She looked at me and laughed. "Whenever you say something's uplifting, I know it'll break my heart!" But you have to go through the pain to appreciate the happy ending - don't you?!

I'll have a couple of cards to show you tomorrow - they're using the same colour scheme but are for very different occasions. Hope to see you then,



  1. This card is spectacular! I wish I could brayer like this! Love everything about this card!!!

  2. You make such amazing cards with that Apothecary Art set.
    Cheers, Karen

  3. I've neverseen WallE,I'm too good at falling asleep through films and missing the plot completely . Another show stopper of a card Vicky,how easily the off cut could have been disguarded but what a good job it wasn't as it works so perfectly! X

  4. Your card is so uplifting !!! ( no pain involved here though ) ! Love your fabulous brayering and that beauty of a stamp they way you have coloured the bird is amazing.


  5. This is so cleverly put together, Vicky, I love it. Just to say you've won the candy prize on my blog. Can you please email me your address at please, and then I can get it in the post to you. Thx, Jane

  6. Love this card Vicky love Your background be find the bird...fabulous colours


  7. Another beautiful card made with my favourite bird stamp; this card is truly inspirational. Vicky, SU really need to get you on their catalogue design team. You use the products in a way that is quite unique and I think you are a brilliant ambassador for the company !
    Have a good day !
    Jane x

  8. Love how the bird has just alighted on the card with his tail over the edge. Your bird book must be very useful for colouring all the different types of birds. Helen (Sydney)

  9. Very nice. I like how the bird's tail is off the edge xxx

  10. Love your brayered background Vicky - just right for your blackbird - Jacqueline xx

  11. This is another beautiful card, he looks so real (especially the beady eye!) he could almost hop off the page!

  12. I agree with Jane Goldman, do you fancy a job?
    Blue is my favourite colour so love this and blackbirds are also one of my favourite birds. So a double whammie.I actually have one singing its heart out in my garden right now! Maybe he can see your card and is agreeing with me!
    L x

  13. Hi Vicky - sorry I've not been by for a while! I love this card - the blackbird is so realistic, it's fab.

    No blackbirds over here!!

  14. A really beautiful card Vicky and your blackbird is just like the one that hops round our garden.
    I love the WALL-E film too which I found both happy, sad and funny.
    I've also now returned the compliment of joining your followers as silly me got confused over the full version of your name - duh!
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  15. Fabulous card - the brayering really does look like the northern lights!
    Wall-e is my FAVE pixar movie - I have wall-e and EVA sitting on my desk doing their "dance scene". I'm a big kid lol!

  16. Brilliant card Vicky, your brayering is amazing.
    Lynne xxx

  17. Love your Northern Lights brayered panel and your bird is fab. Love Wall-e too. x

  18. Vicky this is stunning Luv Sue x

  19. That brayer effect is gorgeous!! And that was so clever to rotate your stamp to create that branch. So glad you could join us this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  20. I love this card Vicky as I do most of your work :) I have a question tho, when you do a piece off the card, like the bird tail, what do you do about the envelope?
    I remember when my daughter went to the prom *sigh* she is now married to the wonderful young man who took her! :) Not sure my email shows up in these comments so here it is,if you have time to reply -

  21. Great way to use scraps up and it really does look like the northern lights.
    If that's what uplifting means then I don't like those sort of movies either!!!
    Jenny x

  22. Gorgeous card, love cards that feature our feathered friends anyways! Beautiful use of colour, the background to your bird is really stunning hugs Karen x

  23. You always come up with the greatest new ways to use a stamp, Vicky! This one is a winner!

  24. Your color choices are divine. Love your coloring. Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!


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