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Friday, February 28, 2014

Shabby Chic Skylark

This week's challenge over at Color My Heart is to use the colors from the new CTMH paper packet "Skylark".  I put my card together and then saw the Heart2Heart: Shabby Chic challenge.  Love it when one card can do double duty.

Here's the supply list (everything in italics is CTMH):

Stamps: Holiday Tags (sentiment)
Paper: Skylark, Lagoon
Ink: Chocolate, Lagoon, Pear pigment
Accessories: Chocolate Woodgrain Washi, Lagoon Houndstooth Washi, white doily, Liquid Glass

Here's a close of the top right corner.  There was a touch of Pear color on the paper peeking out from under the doily at the bottom left of the card.  I decided it needed some companionship.  Actually, the artistic principle is to have each color represented more than once on your project.  I used a technique I learned from Online Card Classes and created circles using various things located on my desk.  The large, thin circle is the cap from a glue stick, the smaller, double circle is from a LePlume marker, and the tiny dots are from the handle of a thin paintbrush.  If you go back up to the full card picture and squint, you can see that I added a few dots with the paintbrush at the bottom left under the bit of Pear peeking out from under the doily.

I used Pear pigment ink to add the circles because I wanted them to "sit on top" of the paper much the same way a printed pattern does. 

The bird was actually cut from the patterned paper.  I then spruced him up a bit by sponging Chocolate along the edges and lightly over the top.  I then added light touches of Lagoon ink to add interest.  The secondary greenish/yellowish color is from the patterned paper.  Because the paper already had some color and I wanted the ink I added to "soak in" for a more blended look, I used the dye inks for this.

You can't see it in the picture, but I added a dot of Liquid Glass to the bird's eye.  I think I should have used a marker underneath to give the iris some deep color before I did that.  Too late now.  **Sigh**

See, you come here to see a card and get a lesson in the difference between pigment and dye inks.  This card is doing yeoman's duty today!

Until next time,


  1. Becca, I wondered where the bird came from! I love that you cut it out of the patterned paper! This is a very pretty shabby card. Thanks for the tips and the inspiration.

  2. Oh, I thought I commented! I adore the bird like this! It really does pop with the inking! :)


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