Happy Friday!! There's a new Mix-Ability challenge posted today in the challenge forum at SplitCoastStampers, and I couldn't resist playing along! The challenge is called Flock of Feathers (MIX43), and you are to use at least two feathers of different mediums (eg stamped, die cut, real...) on your project, or use the photo that was also shared on the challenge for color inspiration. I chose to use a die cut feather (2 actually), a real feather from one of my Cuckoo Marans hens, and even various colors found in the inspiration photo.
I have been itchin' to get out the watercoloring supplies again. It's been a while since I've used them, and I actually had to dust off the top of my palette! Boy, did it feel good to use them again!
To make my card, I first die cut the larger feather out of watercolor paper. Then I die cut the smaller feather out of another piece of watercolor paper that was the actual sheet I wanted to use on the front of my card. I had to place the small feather die in the exact spot I wanted it to be placed on my final project, because I would later pop the die cut feather back into it's original spot.
Once die cut, I popped out the feather from the background and applied various shades of red and purple to the feather. I painted the background paper as well, with vibrant shades of orange and yellow. I also painted the larger feather with beautiful shades of blue and green. Once the pieces were dry, I added a few detail lines to the feathers with my tracing wheel, just to give them a bit of visual texture. I placed the red/purple feather back into the background paper, making it perfectly flush with the background. Because of the precision cut of the metal die, the feather fit back into place perfectly.
I then adhered the real feather into place, and adhered the blue/green feather over top. The little turquoise button is dressed up with a hemp twine bow, and the sentiment is stamped in black StazOn ink. The painted panel is adhered to a heavy-weight white card base with foam adhesive.
The idea behind the Mix-Ability Challenge is to make mixed media simple and approachable, and to let you experiment using things you already have. Each Friday a new challenge is hosted, but there is no time limit, so you can participate whenever you'd like on each challenge. Join us, won't you!?
Stamps: A Muse
Ink: Black StazOn, SU Dye Based Re-Inkers
Paper: Fabriano 100% Cotton Cold Press Watercolor paper, Neenah
Other: SU Button, hemp twine, foam adhesive, hot glue, tracing wheel