Hello, crafty friends! Today I’m going to share a super bright (and super easy) card to welcome a new baby! Today I’m featuring a cutie-patootie chicken family from Heffy Doodles’ latest release, Eggcellent News, and I just love ‘em! I used Zig Clean Color Real Brushes and a waterbrush, and I had this cute scene ready in no time. If you want to learn how to create a card like this, keep reading for details on how I created this card, and the links to buy supplies from The Little Paper Tree.
To start, I laid my stamps out on a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth to get an idea of how I wanted my scene to look. Then, I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp my little critters onto a piece of Stamping Masking Paper from Inkadinkadoo, before I stamped them again in the correct place on my card panel. I started the masking impression first for two reasons. The first is for the most obvious reason – I needed to cut out a mask for later. 😉 The second, is because these were brand new stamps, and whenever you use a stamp for the first time, you should do a test stamp (or two!). It really helps to break in the stamp, get the ink covering the image, and making sure any residual residue from the stamp manufacturers is gone. A dirty stamp is a well-loved stamp! 🙂
In order for my little hatched egg to appear to be sitting in the nest, I used my stamping tool. First I hovered my nest above the area where it will be on the final design so I could put my bottom shell into place on my panel. Then I removed the nest and closed the door on my stamping tool so my egg was stamped in the exact location I wanted. Now, comes the first use of the masks I made earlier! I masked the shell and stamped the nest (in the same place we were hovering above just a minute ago!), mama hen and daddy rooster in Versafine.
After making sure my stamped scene was dry, I used a waterbrush and my Zig Markers to color everything in. On the baby chick, I put yellow (just in the shadow areas) and blended toward the belly (where the most light would be.) For all of their beaks, I put down just a bit of Light Brown in the darkest shadows. I covered this and blended out (just a small bit!) using Orange. Mama Hen only used a touch of Light Grey in the shadow areas, and a touch of Carmine Red for her hair (to which I didn’t put any water on and left as is.) Daddy Rooster’s body was colored using Brown in the shadows and Light Brown over, blending out a small bit. For his tail, I used a touch of Dark Brown with Brown over. I used a touch of Dark Grey and covered with Carmine Red and blended out.
I let my colored scene dry overnight so that it was definitely dry. I could have used a heat tool, but I needed to go to bed anyway. 🙂 After it was completely dry, I cut out the masks I stamped of all the images I colored. I cut (very carefully) so that I was just barely cutting the outside edge of the stamped image’s black outline. If you do it this way, it’s easier to place the mask AND you won’t get white space around your masked image after you watercolor over it. Don’t worry, I don’t think it takes but a few extra minutes of your time, and honestly if you have the right tools, it’s SOOOO much easier. I find the Micro Tip Scissors by Fiskars probably the most loved tool on my desk and couldn’t live without them. In fact, I have two pairs! But then again, I’m also one of those weirdos who find fussy cutting soothing lol!
Now that I had my masks placed on my colored images, I made sure to really smooth down the edges because what I was doing next could go very wrong! On a few various sizes of Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks, I scribbled a few shades of green Zigs – Light Green, May Green (lots of this color), and Green. I sprinkled a small amount of Ranger Perfect Pearl powder over them and used my waterbrush to blend the colors, while adding a little bit of pearlescent shine to them. Then I took a scrap piece of clear, acetate (just some cut-off squares from other projects) and used the smooshing technique to pick up the watercolor onto the acetate, crossed my fingers and smooshed it into my panel (yes, over the top of my masked images!!) I made sure to really press the color into the paper, trying not to saturate the masking paper (because, while it amazing Zigs re-activate with water, in this case we really don’t water soaking through the masking paper and ruining our hard work.) I did this several times adding the different greens as I saw fit. I did add a few subtle water spots with a blue gold watercolor to give it just a small pop.
Then, while everything was still wet, I pulled those masks off as quickly (and carefully!) as I could just in case the wetness would start to seep into the images. And, let’s face it, I wanted to see if my little family had survived the background painting ok. It didn’t take me more than 20 minutes to color them all in anyway, so it wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world, but I was delighted to find all of my masks worked and the chicken family was looking exactly as I left them! 🙂
Once the card panel was completely dry, I stamped that super cute CongrHATCHulations sentiment (from the same stamp set) onto the front of the card using Versafine Onyx Black. On the inside, I stamped Welcome Sweet Baby & From our Nest to Yours’ in Versafine on the inside.I just had to use that sentiment about the nest!
Last thing to do was create an A2 card base from a piece of Bristol Smooth. Then I took a bright, coordinating yellow card I had in my stash and layered all my panels onto the base. And that’s that card, done!
Well, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you found a bit of inspiration with my project today. Click on any of the product links below if you would like to try this technique yourself! Happy crafting and see Y’all next time! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE SUPPLIES
Heffy Doodle Eggcellent News
Versafine Onyx Black
Strathmore Bristol Smooth
American Crafts Primaries Paper Pad Yellow Card
Inkadinkado Masking Paper
Tonic Aqua Flow Waterbrush
Zig Clean Color Real Brushes – 50 Yellow, 70 Orange, 61 Light Brown, 95 Dark Grey, 60 Brown, 62 Dark Brown, 91 Light Gray
Ranger Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl
Clear Plastic Backing/Laminated Sheet/Acetate/etc
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive
Stix 2 Tape Runner
Tombow Xtreme Tape Runner
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Replacement Magnets
WRMK Precision Press
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks (various sizes)
Tim Holtz 8.5” Guillotine
Tonic Mini Guillotine
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors
Tim Holtz Mini Snips