Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tuesday Technique - Blue bird & Graphic45 Botanical Tea

I'm a sucker for birds, well pretty much anything nature-themed if I'm honest, but especially birds, so I couldn't resist the Graphic45 Botanical Tea paper pad. Then when I got it home I wondered what I'd do with it. I mean, you can only find homes for so many covered boxes lol! So I wanted to make a collection of cards using the papers as a backdrop. This starts the design process. Ideas sparking away. What will I use for a focal point? I get out all the bird stamps, and have an idea...


I think this bird stamp started out as a thrush, but it's turned into something otherworldly.

The bird is stamped onto watercolour paper using Ranger Archival ink and coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils, then water added and the paper left overnight to dry thoroughly. The next day, the bird is dipped into clear UTEE, and a feather fixed into the UTEE. I like to add a little blob of UTEE over the base of the shaft of the feather just as extra insurance to keep it in place.


The diecut foliage is coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils to match the background paper, then shaped and adhered to the background using blobs of Pinflair glue.

I made a few of these birds, so there are some more cards to be made yet!

Graphic45 Botanical Tea paper pad
Martha Stewart stamp set Birds
Spellbinders Foliage & Carnation dies
Ranger Archival ink pad, jet black
Derwent Inktense Pencils & water brush


  1. Oh, Maddy, I just so love your style, this card is just so gorgeous. I'm not to keen on the darker Graphic 45 papers, but these Botanical Tea are stunning. Hope you had a Happy Easter, sorry for my late visit, Dips xx

  2. Love the way you colored the leaves
    Dr Sonia

  3. Maddy this is gorgeous love the bird just stunning. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog really appreciate them. Love Alison xx

  4. It is all so fine - I do love the colours and the bird - fantastic.


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