Saturday 30 January 2021

A wet day for the birds

Hello, crafting friends!

It has poured all day, and not just with rain either! We've had the kind of sleet that is driven by a bitterly cold wind and gets down the back of your neck. When we went out for a walk this morning, I explained to Eva that some days are just not suitable for long hikes but she remained unconvinced! 

Since we were so wet anyway, I thought I might as well use a watercolour technique! For the background, I started with a panel of watercolour paper and stencilled SU's Sahara Sand ink through the Burlap stencil by FunkyFossil. After masking off a horizontal line, I blended more ink upwards and outwards to a fade.

The bird, branch, flowers and leaves are all from the Birds and Branches set by Stampin' Up, inked up, spritzed with water and stamped onto the background. I trimmed the panel to size with a stitched rectangle die by Heffy Doodle and then it was time for some splattering!

First I wet my hands with water and clapped over the panel; then I loaded a paint brush with watery green ink and tapped it against a bone folder; then repeated that step with watery Sahara Sand ink. I think I'm getting better at splattering. By that, I mean that I'm not so scared to do it but I still have no idea where the splatters are going to go and it all ends up being a happy (or otherwise) accident! 

Thrilled that this card was challenge winner at The Day of the Month Challenge!

I'm squeaking in under the wire at The Day of The Month Challenge where this month they're celebraing National Bird Day; also, I think when you see the inspiration photo at Inspired By, it's fairly obvious how I got the idea for this card!!
Sometimes I dream of whisking out some watercolours and dashing off a quick, beautifully rendered sketch! Unfortunately my watercolouring skills are pretty much zero! But in these lockdown dayys people are learning new skills all the time aren't they, so perhaps I should sign up for a watercolour course. Anyone know of any?

Sending hugs,


  1. Wow, your water coloring and stencil design is beautiful.

    Hugs diane

  2. Beautiful card, the watercolouring is stunning. I never know where my ink splatters are going to go either :D
    Katrina x

  3. You have such a gift for design and color Vicky, very artistic, and so special. Thank you for sharing your gift with us @ IB, we look forward to seeing your cards and interpretations each week!

  4. Your little birdie is absolutely gorgeous, Vicky. The watercolor technique looks awesome and fits super well to this image!! Thank you so much for playing along with DotMCC. Hugs, Rosi

  5. Love your background and beautiful image

  6. Great background and a lovely image, great colouring too.

    Kath x

  7. Lovely card. I love a good splatter!!!

    I would also like to be able to draw/watercolour! Xxx

  8. An awesome take on this inspiration photo, Vicky! A beautiful bird and lovely background! Splatters are always a wonder! I wonder where they go when they don't show up on the paper!

  9. Simply beautiful! From the background to the bird..the stenciling and water coloring is just perfect!

  10. Wow!!! nailed it! ☺♥

  11. Love your fade out stencil background and your beautifully stamped and watercolored bird on a branch with flowers image. Your splatters added a nice soft texture to your background too. TFS your sweet card, my friend. Love and Hugs...Nancy

  12. Exactly the same weather here Vicky, we've got the Arc moored at the back door.

    A gorgeous CAS creation with the eye catching pops of red.

    B x

  13. Seriously, I think I need professional help! I read your last bit as, "Sometimes I dream of whiskey ...!" Now I am collapsed in giggles, so thank you for that at 8:30 in the morning! Your card is so professional and pretty, Vicky! You are really doing great things with stencils and I keep saving your cards! And, of course, you know that way of coloring, spritzing, and stamping is my absolute favorite. It's brilliant for this sweet image! (As for watercolor courses, I will send you a separate email. It might not happen until tomorrow.) Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

  14. I love every perfectly pretty detail, this is marvelous! Thanks for joining us at IB!

  15. This is so impressive. I admire people who can watercolor so well!

  16. Wow, I have to work more in this watercolor technique again. The effect is so real and it looks stunning!! Thank you for joining with us at DotMCC. Gundi

  17. OH do I love this artistic look, Vicky! Thanks so much for practicing your water color, and splattering skills for Inspired By!

  18. Absolutely stunning, I love your card, the beautiful background, the lovely bird, the splatters and your fantastic watercolouring.


  19. I spy another winner with this one - this is such a fab take on the inspiration photo!! Just beautiful.

  20. You are on a roll! Just saw another well deserved win with this beauty at Day of the Month! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉


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