Christmas Sparrow

Christmas Sparrow

I was taking a little time today to look through some of the posts I've made since I started my blog, and I realized how many of the projects use watercolor paper and have some form of watercoloring on them.  Lol, until I started posting projects, I didn't realize how often my aqua painter is the tool I reach for when I start a project!  I think it comes down to the fact that watercoloring makes me feel like an artist and I like to feel like that.  *smile* 

When I was deciding what I wanted to work on today, I was thinking Christmas, and I knew I wanted to use the Best Birds stamp set--it's one of my favorites this year!  We don't have a lot of birds with vibrant, stand-out colors around my neck of the Sacramento valley, but we do have a lot of pretty, little sparrows.  I've seen a million of them, but I couldn't quite think of what colors to use so I googled sparrow pictures, and then used a picture to help guide with the colors.  Google to the rescue!

Step by Step

 To complete this project, you'll need cardstock cut to the following sizes:

 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Early Espresso (card base)

 2" x 4-1/4" Early Espresso (for embossed piece)

 3-1/2" x 4-1/4" Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper

 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" Copper Foil (for scalloped oval)

 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" Mint Macaron (for sentiment)

 2-1/4" x 3" Watercolor paper (for bird)

 Scrap copper foil for pine bough pieces

 1) Stamp bird image on to watercolor paper using Basic Black ink.  Use an aqua painter and Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze inks to watercolor. Emboss sentiment on to Mint Macaron cardstock using Versamark ink and Copper embossing powder.  Use Big Shot with framelits to cut out all images and foil pieces.

2) Use Big Shot and embossing folder to emboss image on to 2" x 4-1/4" Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere embossed piece to far left edge of card base.  On back side of DSP, adhere a strip of lace, then adhere DSP to card base along far right edge (so that lace is overlapping the Early Espresso embossed piece).  

3) Layer Mint Macaron oval embossed piece on to Copper Foil scalloped oval.  Adhere to card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Adhere copper pine bough pieces to card front with Mini Glue dots, then sparrow piece (I also used Mini Glue dots for this).

I used the following products for this project:

 

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