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!


icardeveryone01 said...

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

Claire Creates Cards 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!

Nance 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 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