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 decor...........watch this space!