Monday, 28 March 2016

Inspired Chickadee

Lydia (UnderstandBlue) over at SCS picked artist Kathleen McElwaine for this weekend's SCS Inspiration Challenge. Kathleen's art is wonderful - incredible flower and animal paintings. Most of her images are just set against a plain uncoloured background - perfect for those of us who like CAS!

I chose this painting by her:

and made this card:

Kathleen's painting immediately made me think of my Penny Black Ode to Christmas stamp. I inked it up with various Distress markers, huffed on it and spritzed very lightly with water, then stamped on watercolour paper. I took my waterbrush and pulled some of the colour out of the bird, and where needed, added a bit more colour.

I stamped a simple sentiment in brown, die cut the panel, and popped it up on foam tape. I hope my fellow CAS fans like it!

Stamps: Penny Black chickadee (Ode to Christmas), Rubber Soul sentiment
Paper: PTI vintage cream cs, watercolour paper
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Ranger Archival Potting Soil
Accessories: Distress markers, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, foam tape


  1. Beautiful card Susan. Love this pretty bird ... and perfect with the watercolour spritz technique. xx

  2. Love, love, love this chickadee! Beautiful job of coloring and I love that clean background!

  3. OMG Susan, your CAS Christmas Chickadee is so beautiful with the perfect CAS design. TFS my friend. I am inspired to let my SU Chickadee out :-)

  4. love this precious mf


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