Papertrey Ink February release
make it new again...

little bird card

I was inspired by Michelle Wooderson's little owl card (when am I not inspired by Mish?) that she posted on her blog this past week. I loved the polka dot circle around the owl - so I pulled out my Borders and Corners Circle set and some Hero Arts birds that I got from my sweet friend HB (who finally has a blog so I can link to her - yay!)

Here's the card...


And here's how I did it (and yes, that's my extremely loved white ink pad)...


I stamped the bird in black on kraft paper and then used a polka dot border circle to stamp around it in white. Next I colored the bird in white...


I use sponge daubers of a bunch of different sizes to color images with white ink. I believe that these daubers are made by Darice.


Dab your dauber right into your white ink pad to load it up.


Then color in your image where you want it to be white. If there are little details - like the bird's eye - I go right over it with the white ink. When the white ink dries, the black pops back through.


I colored the wings on the bird with my Copic markers. I used a lighter shade of green to color the whole wing first, added my shadow with a darker shade of green, and then used the lighter shade of green to blend the colors.


I put an outline around the whole bird with a very subtle gray (I used Copic W1.)


After adding a little sentiment from the Mixed Messages set, I used my mega oval circle punch (Marvy) to punch my image out.


Of course, I need to ink the edges with more white ink...

And that brings me back to the finished card...


I used Polka Dot Basics for the background and Spring Moss polka dot ribbon.

Don't you just love how you can become inspired by just a small piece of someone else's project and how it can evolve into something completely new?