A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Framed Birds

Time for December's CAS Watercolour challenge!

Less than a month until Christmas and I need more Christmas cards so have gone with a Christmas card.

My birds are stamped and watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints.  I used the tip of a fine pointed paintbrush to add the dots to represent snowflakes. 

For the frame, I took a piece of watercolour paper and used the splash technique with Distress inks to add colour to it, and then used two sizes of rectangle dies to cut it into a frame.  I trimmed the panel with the birds to fit behind it, stuck the frame onto it, and popped it up with fun foam.

For a final touch, I added glue and fun flock to the hats' brims and pom poms.

Head over to CAS Watercolour to see the cards from the rest of the Design Team and our great Guest Designer, Hideko, of Papercraft Boutique.  You have until December 24th to enter any kind of watercolour card as long as it's clean and simple, including open space.  We'd love to have you join us!

Stamps - Penny Black birds, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Tuxedo Black, Distress Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, and Tumbled Glass
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 7.25x5"
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun flock, Spellbinders rectangle dies, fun foam


  1. Beautiful soft Splashed Watercoloured frame for your sweet watercoloured birdies, Susan. Love their sparkly hats and your painted snowflakes too. TFS my friend and Happy Holidays. Hugs

  2. Aww... cute birds. Beautiful watercolouring. Love the frame.

  3. These are just the cutest little Santa birds Susan - your blue splashed watercolor framing is perfect surrounding them! Julia xx

  4. You watercolored this beautifully, Susan! I admire those of you who can!! Those little birds are just the cutest thing. Wonderful job painting your snow too and lovely framing.

  5. LOVE that splash frame over those sweet Christmas birds. Adorable card, Susan! xx

  6. These PB birds are so cute and such fun and beautifully coloured. What a great idea to use a splash watercolour frame in those pretty shades of blue which is echoed in the shadow beneath the birds and for the little bits of falling snow. Perfect! x

  7. I love these adooooooorable lillte birds in the pretty soft splash frame, Susan! Your coloring is beautiful, and the fun flock adds texture. Thanks for your warm welcome!
    Hideko xx

  8. Cute as Susan. Love your water coloured frame.

  9. Love that watercolour frame, Susan! It's perfect for these adorable birds!

  10. I agree...love the watercoloured frame Susan...just a delightful, happy holiday card!
    xx Karen

  11. these birds are so cute and the watercolour splash background is perfect. Love it :)

  12. Cute and adorable and the splash technique is so very effective x


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