Today I decided I needed to use up some of my part finished and test pieces on my desk. At the same time I thought it would be fun to attempt another colour challenge. I looked through my emails and there was this week’s challenge from the Global Design Project team. So with that as my starting point I set to work.
This project began with the background which was actually a test piece I had created when I first received the Delicata Celestial Copper ink pad. All I did was mount the All Wired Up background stamp on my Stamparatus and then stamp it onto Very Vanilla Card.
I thought it would be fun do do a Z-fold card so cut the background layer into two pieces 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the pieces to two 2″ x 5-3/8″ pieces of Blueberry Bushel Card. That was the first part of the colour challenge done.
Then I decided to stamp the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. In order to coordinate with the card I went back to the All Wired Up background stamp. Once again I used the Stamparatus to help me stamp the large image using Celestial Copper ink.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Of course with a chicken wire background I suppose it was inevitable that I’d reach for the Birds Of A Feather Stamp Set.
Using Celestial Copper ink I first stamped the chicken with the heart onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I stamped the heart area of the image again on the Very Vanilla Card. Next I stamped the heart area of the image onto a scrap of Real Red Card. That was the second piece of the colour challenge done.
Finally on another piece of Very Vanilla Card I stamped the “sending love” sentiment.
With the stamping done it was time for me to do a little fussy-cutting. Using Paper Snips I cut out the whole chicken, then I cut across the heart on the image so I could cut around the ‘fingers of the left ‘hand’. Next from the Very Vanilla part stamped chicken I cut just the ‘hand’ holding the right edge of the heart. Finally I cut the heart from the Real Red piece, but instead of cutting around the ‘hands’ I simply cut across them. Then I painted the heart using a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
FREE RANGE CHICKEN
I like the idea of chickens able to run around on grass so that was my next task. Going back to the colour challenge I cut a 1″ x 8-1/2″ strip of Call Me Clover Card. Then I used the grass die from the Wiggly Bugs Dies to cut the card. The die isn’t 8-1/2″ long but it’s designed in such a way that I could simply move the die along the card and cut again. In this way I could create a continuous piece of grass as long as I wanted. Once I repeated the die-cutting a third time I had the piece I needed.
Next I turned to my sentiment and cut it out using the #1 (smallest) scalloped edge die from the Layering Circles. To create a mat I used the #2 plain-edged die from the same set to cut some Copper Foil Sheet.
Finally I was ready to start putting it all together.
My card base started out as a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. To create the Z-fold I scored it at 4-1/4″ with the long side at the top . Then I flipped the card over and with the same long side at the top, scored it at 2-1/2″. With that done I sharpened the creases with my Bone Folder.
I wanted my grass to be a Z-fold too so I carefully scored it in the same way with the long straight edge at the top.
Using liquid glue I fixed my two layered background pieces to the card base. Then I opened up the card and glued the grass piece into place over the background layers.
It was at this point I realised I hadn’t quite finished my chicken. So using liquid glue I attached the fussy-cut heart, sliding it under the ‘fingers’ of the left ‘hand’. Then I glued the ‘fingers’ of the right ‘hand’ on top. To add a little more colour I turned to my Regals set of Stampin’ Write Markers. Using the writing tip I coloured the comb and wattle with Real Red, then coloured the beak and feet with Crushed Curry.
With that done all that was left was to use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the chicken to the left side of the card and the sentiment on the right.
How cute is this card? While there were quite a few steps I think it was totally worth the effort. What do you think?
GDP COLOUR CHALLENGE
Thank you to the folks over at the Global Design Project for this week’s colour challenge GDP209. I’m not sure I’d have created this card without your influence.
You’ll find other projects I’ve created using the Birds Of A Feather Stamp set in these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Wiggly Bugs Dies as part of a bundle with the coordinating Wiggle Worm Stamp Set. This meant that I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. Although I didn’t use the stamp set today I’ve included a link to the bundle below so you can look explore this option if you wish.