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".

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Turquoise Sky, Robin Redbreast

This week's Merry Monday challenge is "Red and Turquoise":

I chose to use one of my favourite new bird stamps, and set him against a turquoise sky:

I started by stamping the bird.  I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked it up with various browns and reds, going over it several times until happy with the colours. I then stamped with Versarmark and heat embossed the robin to create a resist for my background sponging.

I tore a couple of paper masks for snowbanks, sponged my background and the snow shadow, and then splattered with water and white acrylic paint.

Finished off by adding the sentiment and bordering with red cs.

I made a second version, very similar, but with a die cut sentiment and no border.

I had some tiny die cut letters that spell "merry" left from something else so glued them above the robin and popped the panel up on fun foam.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamps - Darkroom Door robin,
Ink - various red and brown Memento Dew Drops for robin; Distress Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, and Faded Jeans; Versamark
Paper - mixed media cs, PTI Vintage Cream cs, red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear embossing powder, white acrylic paint, leftover die cut letters, fun foam


  1. That robin stamp is stunning! The first card is amazing, love the bright red and the pretty blue and the delicate falling snow. The robin looks so puzzled by it...so cute x Very different look to the robin on your second gorgeous card and equally beautiful x

  2. What a pretty bird! I love how he pops against that turquoise sky! Great job on the snowbanks too!

  3. Both your watercolored robins and snowy sponged backgrounds are so beautiful, Susan. I love your shadowing on your snow banks for added depth and splatters of water and acrylic paint for your falling snow too. TFS both your beauties my friend. Hugs..

  4. Both Cards are so very pretty. Genius to emboss the bird before applying ink to keep the single layer painting look.

  5. Two absolutely BEAUTIFUL cards Susan!! I love how they're both colored and your backgrounds are SOOO pretty too! Lovely, lovely cards!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

  6. Both versions are so sweet Susan!! Great watercolouring of this beautiful bird. Love the snowy sky and sponged snow hills. xx

  7. Wow, such winter beauties and I love the colours you chose, rich and vibrant.
    Both are special. Love them both xx

  8. I love these, Susan! Fantastic job on that technique! Love thee soft sponging of your backgrounds and the shadowing in your snow is fabulous! I think I have to have that stamp! Both of these are so beautifully done.

  9. wow, gorgeous images, and amazing job with the watercolouring. Awesome job with colouring the bird, your shading is wonderful :) love both of them

  10. Both versions of your card came out beautifully. Love the bird! So glad you joined the Merry Challenge this week!

  11. I had never heard of these stamps and now I am in trouble! Do they ship to the US? Your robin is beautiful! SO pretty! Congrats on your "win" at MM!

  12. Gorgeous love the birds, and the softness of these cards. Way to go! Awesome! Thanks for playing our challenge at Merry Monday.
    Leanne DT/MM


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