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".

Monday, 2 April 2018

Watercoloured Robin

It's time for the next CAS Watercolour challenge!

I chose to make a Christmas card as I really do need so many of them, and birds are one of my favourite Christmas card motifs.

I stamped the robin in Versafine brown ink and heat embossed on a heavily textured watercolour paper.  I then watercoloured it with Gansai Tambi paints and fussy cut it.  I like the way the texture of the watercolour paper adds extra interest.

I sponged a background piece with two shades of blue Distress ink.  I trimmed it down to the square size I wanted and put it in the MISTI.  I inked up an evergreen bough stamp with two shades of green Distress inks, spritzed lightly with water and stamped.  I added some white gel pen to the evergreen bough for snow, and sprinkled and heat embossed chunky white Frantage for falling snow.

I popped the panel up on my card base with fun foam, added a white die cut sentiment, and glued the bird's feet to the branch and popped his body up with foam tape.

We'd love to see your CAS watercolour cards featuring birds.  You have until April 24th to link up here.  There is lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and from our wonderful Guest Designer, Stef of Perry Papercrafts.

Stamps - Darkroom Door robin, Rubbernecker pine bough
Ink - Versafine Vintage Sepia;  Distress Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, and Pine Needles
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - Tim Holtz noel die, clear embossing powder, Stampendous Frantage Chunky White embossing enamel, fun foam, foam tape


  1. This card is absolutely BEAUTIFUL Susan!! I love the bird image you used and you water coloured him perfectly!! Totally in love with your background too...the pine branch, the falling snow, the simple die cut sentiment...it's ALL just perfect!! :0)

  2. Oh my, Susan, Your Distress inked and WC paper textured robin is Gorgeous!! I love your sponged and stamped background with added snow too. Such a beautiful perch for your wonderful bird. TFS my friend. Hugs..

  3. Wow what great texture on that amazing bird. Great background and loving the chunky white frontage x

  4. The robin is beautifully painted Susan and the snowy blue background looks very pretty, and the white sentiment stands out perfectly. A wonderful Christmas card. x

  5. Gorgeous watercoloured bird on a branch, Susan. Love the bright colours of the robin. He is so beautiful against the blue sky. Love the snow on the evergreen branches and the falling snow in the sky. Great design having the bird go outside your main panel. xx

  6. Beautiful Susan, your Robin is so perfectly coloured and so pretty on the pine branch.

  7. Susan, your watercoloring of the robin is stunning, using the textured wc paper was a great idea. Every detail of this card is perfection!

  8. beautiful card Susan...that bird is just lovely..
    xx Karen

  9. What handsome robin, Susan! Love that snowy background and pine branch!

  10. Beautiful watercoloured robin, Susan. The snowy scene is fabulous and completes the card beautifully. xx

  11. Your gorgeous red robin is so eye-catching, Susan! It's so beautifully watercoloured and fussy-cut. You also did a fantastic job with the background details too. I love the shades and blending of the two blue inks, the white jel pen snow on the bough, and the chunky white Frantage snow! Hideko xx


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