I had a wisdom tooth extracted a few days ago and ooh it's not pleasant, and I am hoping to be pain free soon and no longer resembling a hamster but until then to take my mind off it I've had some time at my craft desk.
Birds are not normally a theme I go with but I think I had fallen into a bit of a rut with my crafting last year and as a result was struggling for inspiration and motivation. I have been trying to learn about mixed media and develop my crafting. The card background is distress inks, I've used a Craft Individuals mask in the corner and also added some Ranger African gold embossing powder in two of the corners. I have also gone back to my books and today I dug out Tim Holtz's compendium of curiosities 2 and I've used a few techniques on this card - inking texture fades, faux patina, whitewash stamping.
The focal panel is a Crafty Individuals stamp which I've stamped twice and fussy cut the birds from one to give some depth. The background of the second panel is coloured with distress inks and I've spritzed some dye ink and added distress stickles to a couple of edges. The panel is mounted on a panel of burlap with some extra bits and pieces from my stash. You can just see underneath the burlap I spread some crackle paste onto the base and when dry rubbed distress ink over.
The Happy Birthday message is mounted into a book plate that I've had for ever - I altered it with alcohol inks similar to the faux patina technique - I couldn't get the light right so you can't really see it properly in the photo. I had a lot of fun creating my card and it distracted me from my jaw pain !!
My card was inspired by these challenges -
Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting...Esther xx