Tuesday, August 5, 2014

An Open Heart for Seize the Sketch #26

Greetings, Stampers! It's Tuesday and time for another fabulous challenge at Seize the Sketch! This week Katie is hostess and she has designed a wonderful sketch with lots and lots of room for interpretation. You can keep it clean and simple, or layer it up to your heart's content. I went the way of some layers, and used the mirror image of the sketch so my little birdie's butt wasn't facing the sentiment. I hate when that happens, LOL!

I'm playing with a brand new stamp set for the first time today, An Open Heart. It's a perfect stamp set for watercoloring, which I love to do. I wanted to create something earthy and a little eclectic, so I combined it with the Hardwood background stamp and a mix of embellishments.

Though another stamper friend of mine has identified this breed of bird as a wren, I wanted to add a little splash of color so I have decided he is a robin today! The bird, branch and sentiment were all stamped in Black Stazon ink and then colored in with various ink pads and an Aqua Painter. The bird was "fussy-cut" by hand, something I find very relaxing. The speckles in the background are inherent to the Naturals Ivory paper.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: An Open Heart, Hardwood
Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Old Olive
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Basic Gray
Tools: Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Linen Thread, Gold Sequin Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim

Thanks for paying me a visit today and please visit the rest of our amazing team at Seize the Sketch! We hope you'll play along with our challenge, too!


I Card Everyone said...

Sandy!!! I'm so in love with that little bird - wren, or not, he is gorgeous!!
=] Michele

Claire Broadwater said...

Oh, Sandy! This is absolutely beautiful! LOVE it! XX

Katie Melhus said...

Sandy I love the earthy colors you used, that birdie is adorable and that subtle hardwood background looks great!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wonderful bird card!

Nancy Farrell said...

Hi Sandy, I had to go back to the catalog and look up this stamp set. I Love It!! Boy is my wishlist getting longer. Love this card. your colors are are so soft and I love the hardwood in the background too!

Jen Mitchell said...

There's nothing worse than having a bird's butt facing the sentiment! LOL! And I like the bold coloring of the wren. I can say for sure that if this little guy showed up at my bird feeder I'd make a mad dash for my camera!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

OH my goodness! I absolutely adore this card, Sandy! The colors are just GorGeous and I love the rustic feel of the whole thing! And I am soooo glad to find someone else who finds fussy cutting relaxing! My fave this week! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

So pretty Sandy! That bird is beautiful! Love the sequin trimming!

Jessi Fogan said...

I can't help but giggle - I hate it when I don't pay attention and sentiments are under butts. lol! I love the foliage stamped in behind - and he looks lovely as a robin :)

Colleen Dietrich said...

This is really, really pretty, Sandy. I like that strip of sequins...what a nice touch.

Still thinking of your kitty post above this one, and my heart is heavy for you.

1CardCreator said...

Cute card. ~Diane