Thursday, April 16, 2009

These two cards were made using some of the newer stamps from Art Neko. The back-ground for both cards is the Forget-Me-Not Background stamp and the Framed Bird is a small bordered square with a line drawing of a bird on a branch and a calligraphy seal. This stamp is part of the Bird, Cat and Lily set.

For the green card, the background was stamped in Olympia green ink and embossed on purchased scrap-book paper in shades of green with rose-colored highlights. I trimmed part of the heavier border around the bird square, added some rose-colored sponging to the image, and layered it with torn mulberry paper.

The orange card was stamped on hand-decorated paper - watercolor paper spritzed with water and then sprinkled with Duva powdered watercolor pigments. The pigment powders were further dispersed and colored with glimmer mist sprays. The bird panel was trimmed to remove the border, then a narrow black edge was added with an india ink pen. The bird panel was sponged with orange inks, and layered with gold, then black and attached to the background panel over a strip of rippled green paper. The background panel was layered with gold and black as well and attached to a white card.

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