I noticed a few days ago that Lost Coast Designs was having a "Let's Fly" theme for their challenge blog. Hmmm....I have just the stamp. But could I get a card made before the gates closed????? Wasn't sure. I decided to give it a try. It is a "challenge", after all. Right?
The lovely Jo Avery sent me this beautiful Lost Coast Designs Christmas chickadee stamp some time ago (THANKS, Jo!!), but I had never used it....so it was lying there brand new just waiting to be inked. It's totally gorgeous but I was a bit intimidated by it. For one thing it was wood block mounted so stamping was going to have to be close to perfect first time.....no do overs! Also, it is a large image which compounds the difficulty in getting a great image with no chance to try again.
I decided to give it a try. Oh, dear....fail, fail, fail. I tried several times with paper on top of inked stamp and inked stamp on top of paper using a variety of cardstocks. None of my impressions was perfect. Some of the actual images looked pretty good, but I had stray ink marks here and there. Oh, bother! (This is what I get for trying to make a card the day before a challenge closes!!! Eeek!!)
I soldiered on, though, and colored Mr. Chickadee (Mr. Tit, to you Brits and Euros!) He was looking better as I got him colored. Then I got brave and decided to splatter him with white gesso....so scary!! But it helped. (Note to self: When you have stray ink marks.....add tons of stray ink marks to distract the eye. lol...)
I actually painted over some of the larger ink marks with the gesso, as well as some of the parts of the bird that are supposed to be white. Then, throwing caution completely to the wind, I decided to splatter him with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink also!! I hadn't ever tried splattering with two different inks before....new technique! It worked.....I liked him even better!! "Hey!" thought I, "this card might actually be okay in the end!"
I distressed the edges of the image and the vintage looking Christmas papers I had picked out. Then I threaded a touch of gold trim through some red ribbon. A little sprig of holly sequins finished up my card. What do you think?
Supplies used include:
Lost Coast Designs - Megan's Christmas Bird stamp (wood-mount)
Versafine Ink in Onxy Black
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Scraps of patterned paper, ribbon, and holly sequins from my stash
Hope you liked my card. I am delighted with how it turned out. Glad I stuck with it!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Lost Coast Designs Challenge #135 - Let's Fly!
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #525 -526
3. ABC Christmas - A is for Anything Goes Christmas
4. We Love Stamping January Challenge - Anything Stamped + Opt of Wings
5. TFJB Challenge - Out with Old, In with the New (I used a new-to-me technique and a "new" unused stamp and some very old patterned papers)
6. DL.ART January Linky Party
7. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #576 - AG Christmas