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".

Sunday, 25 March 2018


Birds are one of my favourite motifs for cards (and I have a lot of bird stamps).  So I definitely had to make a card for the latest Addicted to CAS challenge.

I made this card:

I stamped the bird in brown and coloured it with coloured pencils and Gamsol. 

I trimmed the panel and sprinkled with Frantage chunky white embossing enamel and heated it from underneath so it wouldn't blow off.  I took my Versamarker pen and went over a few bits of the branch where snow might build up and then added more of the Frantage to that.

I mounted the panel to a dark brown mat and put it on fun foam on the card base.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Stamps - Serendipity bird, Rubber Stamp Tapestry sentiment
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - white and dark brown cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, Frantage Chunky White embossing enamel, fun foam


  1. Susan, you do such a beautiful job with water coloring no matter what you choose to use. Love the soft wash in the background on this. It's so soft and peaceful. Gorgeous card!

  2. Your bird is so beautifully colored with your pencils and gamsol, Susan. I love your blue watercolored background and your frantage snow so perfectly placed. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  3. What a lovely card - very clean and simple, but there is something about it that just draws one in. Beautiful!

  4. Cute and so sweet and this challenge was made for you and your love of bird stamps x

  5. beautiful bird Susan, your watercolouring is spectacular and I love the fantage as snow on the trees :)

  6. Such a pretty scene. Thanks for sharing at ATCAS!

  7. such a lovely image... makes for such a pretty card.
    xx Karen

  8. Such a pretty bird, Susan! Love the Frantage snow! I can never control that stuff!

  9. So pretty! Great colouring with your pencils Susan. And I love the texture from the frantage. xx

  10. Gorgeous card, Susan! Your bird is beautifully colored and I love how you played with the 'Frantage'...so clever!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!


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