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GlitterBirdJE

This one's not so quick, but it uses the same tree I used on the last card–Snowladen Tree.  I also love that sentiment by Norman Peale–it just . . . resonates. *grin*

This design features an emboss resist technique–emboss an image on white card stock–I used white powder in this instance so the tree would have a most snowy/icy appearance for my little birdie to perch on.

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I'm always asked about my sponging technique.  The secret for me is to use a very rounded sponge pinched in my fingers, and to hit the paper in a swirling motion–no pouncing allowed. *wink*  Seriously, tho, that's what gives it an almost airbrushed look.  I also intensify some areas, especially when doing sky, to create the illusion of clouds, and back off on others.

Water-based dye ink is usually the easiest to apply over an embossed image–any residue left on the image is easily wiped off with a tissue.

The little birdie was clipped from a border punch out (from red card stock), glued into place, and then I used a Quickie Glue Pen to apply a coat of glue over top, and dust him with red glitter.  Tiny punch outs like this tend to get gummed up in my little Xyron machine, so I prefer glittering super tiny things this way.  Oh, and be sure to glue him in place first–it's buggah trying to glitter up a tiny little thing like that without it being anchored in some way!

Silver Shimmer Couture paper for the card base gives this design a very plush and luxurious look–I love that it's shimmery white on the opposite side, too.  I just write my message with a permanent ink pen, like a Sharpie, for ease.

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Credits:  All stamp images and papers by A Muse Artstamps; Inks:  Memento Sky Blue, Versamark, Fresh Ink Slate by Impress; Silver Cord by May Arts; Glitter by Martha Stewart; White Embossing Powder; Birds on a wire border punch by Martha Stewart

16 Comments
  1. GASP…WOW!!!!

  2. So perfect and so Julie! :)

  3. What a gorgeous card!

  4. This is so pretty!

  5. Oh so very pretty!

  6. THUD!!!! Holy smokes Julie – this is divine! I love the soft, subtle of the tree and the pop of red with the bird! My resisit embossing never looks this good!

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