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".

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Perched Bird

The December challenge at Penny Black is Winter or Christmas.  It inspired me to use a stamp I haven't yet inked up:

Using my MISTI, I started by adding colour with my Memento dew drop ink pads to different parts of the image, stamping and repeating as necessary.  Once I had a foundation of colour, I used Distress inks on my palette with water and a paint brush to fill in with more colour.

Once dry, I restamped with Versamark and heat embossed.  This gave the outlines of the image a bit more definition.  I added a bit of a wash around the edges.

I stamped my sentiment on a little tag and attached it with baker's twine, then popped the panel up on fun foam.

I added Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste to the bits of snow on the log and leaves, and Glossy Accents to the berries.

This was my first time using this stamp and I love it - will have to make a couple more cards with it.

I'm also taking it over to Christmas Cards All Year Round's "Anything Goes" challenge and the Christmas Card Throwdown "Pick a Challenge from 2012 or 2013" challenge (I picked Theme Challenge #3 - Christmas Animals or Birds).

Stamps - Penny Black Snowy Perch, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops, various Distress inks, SU Real Red
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SU tag, baker's twine, Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste, Glossy Accents, fun foam


  1. Such a gorgeous image and your colouring really brings it to life Susan. Amazing!! Love the snow on the branches ... such a wonderful wintery feeling. xx

  2. You did an outstanding job with this stamp, Susan! It appears that you watercolored the image but saw you used markers. What a beautiful effect! The coloring is fabulous and your soft wash is so well done. I've yet to succeed with the soft wash. Beautiful!

  3. Aahh...so sweet and beautifully colored my friend. TFS Happy Holidays and Hugs..

  4. stunning, the watercolouring is gorgeous and the glitter paste is perfect for the snow. I might have to borrow this stamp :)

  5. Beautifully colored my, friend!

  6. So cute and the most traditional and perfect Christmas card x

  7. Fabulous card ..love the stamp......
    Thanks for joining. Us at PBSC
    Hugs Sylvie x

  8. Beautiful card and watercolouring. Love the glitter. Need to get me some of that.

  9. FABulous colouring and love your stamping..Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Cards All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. A lovely image, and way you've built up layers of colour and texture show in the detail. A lovely, very Christmassy card. Thank you for sharing with us at the Christmas Card Throwdown.

  11. A lovely. traditional card. Beautifully coloured and the snow is the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for playing along at Christmas Card Throwdown.

  12. Beautifully coloured image! I love the touches of snow. Thanks for joining us at CCT, April x

  13. Beautiful card - awesome stamping!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Merry Christmas & best wishes for 2018!
    Helen x


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