Quirky Owls

Having had a long week at work, like many of us I am sure, I turned my head to card making this evening. I was looking through Paper Playful challenge site and two challenges took my fancy. The first was from Double D challenges, with the theme of things that fly, and the second was from Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, with the theme of things with wings.

I had bought a quirky stamp set from ‘Hampton Art – Laugh Out Loud’ stamps either last year or maybe even the year before, but haven’t had a chance to add the sentiments to a card. The sentiments on the stamp sets are quite different, and I am sure they couldn’t be used on everyday cards, and certainly not on the cards I make for charity.

I decided I would use one of the sentiments along with one of the images from this stamp set from Stamp Addicts ‘Owl Be Yours’. I went with the three owls which seem to be saying ‘speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil’ as it reminded me of when my two close friends and I go away together. We would have so much fun, and I am sure at points during the days away, one of us would be covering our eyes, one of us would be pretending not to see, and one of us would be pretending not to hear. Aaaahhhh – the memories!

I started by stamping the three owls with Ranger Perfect Medium, and embossing in detail black from Cosmic Shimmer. I new I was going to colour, but was not sure whether to water-colour or just normal colouring. I stamped images several times so I could play……

The colourful owls I spent some time with my Zig markers, not using any water, just blending two tones of the colours together. I wanted vibrant – and I think I got vibrant. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the colourful images, but they are ready for something in the future.

My entry into the two challenges was quite simple. I stamped and embossed in black, and gave a water-colour wash as the background using my Aquatints. I did make a mistake – again – and coloured the background in a yellowish colour, then went below the owls with green – so far so good, then I went above the owls with blue. So – what do you get when you mix blue and yellow? Yep – green! I therefore had a totally green background. So – wet the background down, removed most of the colour from the top half, then added a washed-down blue. Sorted.

I didn’t want the owls the same colour as the background, but didn’t want to colour them, so I used good old kitchen towel, wet it, and removed the colour from the owls, and slightly around the outside of them. A sort of bleach effect – but not totally removing the colour. It almost gives the impression of a halo, I think.

Final touch was adding the sentiment from the Laugh Out Loud set, stamping in black Versafine, and layering on the bottom of the card.

A good bit of playing to conclude the weekday…….

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