Sunday, 3 May 2015

Iridescent Peacock

I really enjoyed making this card for my daughter's birthday recently, using new goodies and old, some favourite techniques and some I've wanted to try for ages.  I love Peacocks  and have several different stamps of them to choose from, but this is my favourite.  I have also used a couple of my favourite floral stamps too, they represent the lovely Cherry Blossom tree which is in full bloom in our garden at the moment!  
For this design I have used stamps from Chocolate Baroque's 'Peacock Parade' set and from Sheena Douglass's Sakura set, the sentiment is from a CB set.  To colour I have used Aqua Tint ink, Distress ink, Brushos, and Pebeo Dyna acrylic paints.  
The base card is a white scalloped edged card.  I stamped Peacock feathers, using DI of the same name, along the sides to create a border then blended the ink around the edges of the card.  The background panel is a piece of white card that I stamped the Peacock onto with black Versafine ink and heat embossed it with black powder.  I masked the image with drawing gum and let it dry.  Next I stamped and embossed one of the blossom branches across the the Peacock, and masked it as before.  This will give the impression of the bird sitting on the branch.  I then painted over the whole panel with Aqua Tint ink.  While the ink was still wet I spritzed it with a little water then sprinkled Turquoise Brusho over it. and left it to dry.  I love the random effect you get with this technique.   On a separate piece of white card I stamped and embossed the Cherry blossom images in black, then painted them with Dyna acrylic 'Iridescent Violet Blue', a lovely colour that changes as the light catches it from deep pink to purple then blue.  I cut the images out and set them aside.   I rubbed the drawing gum off the branch and painted it with H2o and Dyna paints.  I then removed the gum from the Peacock and painted the image with Dyna paints 'Iridescent Gold, Blue Green and Green Blue'.  I matted the panel onto black card then layered it onto the base card.  I attached the other blossom branches and the sentiment panel with dimensional glue to complete the card.  I really love this design, I think it could be used for various occasions even a wedding card.  It would also make a beautiful piece of wall art or home this space!  

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