Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Card

I’ve had my Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamps for awhile and haven’t gotten round to using them. I bought them when they first came out and all these cool crazed birds were popping up everywhere. I adore the images, but they are… wild. They have a cool and funky vibe – not something that is synonymous with my style of things. And they don’t come with sentiments, so its an additional step of thinking when it comes time to card making. So when I saw the Tim Holtz giveaway challenge on the Simon Says Stamps blog, I knew I had to break out the set and give it a whirl.

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds

I folded a 1/2 piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock to form my card base, working out where I thought my bird was going to be. I used a mini ink blending tool to add squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass Tim Holtz Distressed Ink to the front of the card, blending outwards from the area behind my imaginary bird. I flicked the background with water droplets and allowed the inks to pool before blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I then spritzed the entire front with a water and Perfect Pearls confetti white mix, allowing the distressed areas to reintegrate themselves with the background. I wasn’t able to capture this on camera but this technique gives a shimmery muted distressed look instead of harsh water splotches.

I stamped my bird on a 120lb Simon Says Stamp cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and fussy cut it out. I used Copics, starting with Y15 for the beak and YR 12 all over the body of the bird. On the edges of the body, I added YR68, blended it in with YR15 and then with YR12. Next, I drew a thin strip of R24 on the edges and blended it in with YR15, before finishing off the tail with a pure R24. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes to make them look wet and went over the whole bird with Perfect Pearls confetti white. Here’s what it looks like close up.

Crazy Bird Close Up

I used Papertrey Inks Blue Skies and Belated Birthday sets for the sentiment and  mounted the bird with 3D foam squares. The card didn’t look quite finished so I added green, blue and yellow sequins to the bottom right corner to complete my visual triangle. This card was so fun to make. I’m going to have to start sourcing some sentiments that go with the birdies!

Penny Black Trifold Card and Review of Simon Says Stamp 120lb Cardstock

Its the weekend again! When I saw this week’s SSSWC, my brain got a whirling. Penny Black Stamps! Anything goes! Then on Thursday, my order from SSS with 120lb cardstock came and I just knew I had to do something with copics. I love the Penny Black critters series and wanted to make a ‘story’ card so after some deliberation, I chose a simple 3 fold card.

I cut a 120lb 8.5 x 11.5 inch card width-wise to give a  4 x 11.5 inch card. I then used my Martha Stewart scoreboard to score at 3.75 and 7.5 inches. This gives 3 panels – 2 of which are 3.75 inches wide and 1 at 3.5 inches wide. I wanted the 3.5 inch panel to be the front of the card so I folded the scoreline on the right of the 3.5 inch panel using a mountain fold. I then scored the fold between the 2 3.75 inch panels using a valley fold.

I used the Wonderful and Micey Day sets, stamping out my scene in Tsukineko’s Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black. I let the ink dry then coloured the images in with copics. I used E31, E33 and E35 for the hedgehog quills E50 and E53 for underside of the hedgehog, highlighting the hedgehog bellies and cheeks in E02. The mice were coloured in warm greys W03, W02 and W0. The yellow daisies Y00, Y13 and Y15 while the blue, pink and red flowers were in B16, R32 and R24 respectively. All flower centers were in Y38 while leaves and stems were in G014 with G24. The presents were B02 for the wrapper, BV02 for the ribbon and BV08 for the dots and stripes.

The first hedgehog looks a bit brown as I originally coloured it all in E01 and the result was way too pink. I re-coloured it, resulting in my sun-baked hedgehog. Still cute though! I managed to mis-stamp near the middle panel’s hedgehog’s hand so I cut out extra flowers and popped them up on foam to hide my boo boo. After colouring, the card still looked unfinished so I stamped Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio on a plastic sheet, added water with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls and painted on the grass. The perfect pearls looked so nice that I took some and added them to my hedgehogs as well. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment using an old Wordsworth sentiment set, then stuck on some sequins with Ranger Glossy Accents. Since I had the Glossy Accents out, I used them to gloss up a few flowers as well.

To finish off the card, I stenciled on some stripes to the back of the middle panel using Heidi Swapp’s Chevron Stencils and Distress Ink Soot Black so that it would show when the 3.5 inch panel was closed. A really cute finishing touch I thought!

On to my review. The SSS cardstock is quite heavy and held the card shape well. Done let my photos fool you, its a bright white, not ivory. True to description, the copics didn’t bleed through to the other side. The downside was that it doesn’t hold water well, causing the card to bubble. Because I used very little water, to get around  the bubbling, I partially dried out the card so it wouldn’t tear, then used my fingers to squash the bubbles down gently, binding that top layer back down to the rest of the card. I then dried the card the rest of the way and the bubbles were all gone. However, I really doubt this card would be good for serious water colouring. All in all, its awesome for copics and I’ll certainly be keeping some in my stash at all times.

So there you have it, card and review. Till next time, have a great weekend!