The Birdcage

Birdcage card

I actually made a card – yay!  This is made with Lesley’s Chic Script Set 4 and the Lace Fragments stamp set and something new for me …. PAN PASTELS!!  Yep, I saw the gorgeous creations that some of our Design Team were cooking up and thought I need to try me some of these.  I was never particularly entranced by standard chalks, so ignored the PanPastels thinking they were the same, but they’re not.  I don’t like having a gritty work area – I always have to clean up when I’ve been using embossing powders because I hate that powdery kind of mess.  So I originally tried the PanPastels with a bit of a skeptical attitude and lo, I saw the way to Damascus and I’m now a hook, line and sinker convert.  (I’m also mixing my metaphors abysmally.)

The special tools do make a huge difference, but I have also had some success with some brands of latex make up sponge.  I tried a soft brush and that creates instant dust, so I’ll be sticking to the sponges unless I particularly need loose pigment (brushing onto texture maybe?).

I have more exploring to do and I will be sharing the results, but I’m still recovering from last week’s little episode, and I’m still playing with Distress Markers and getting to know those too.

Anyway, back to this card … well it’s a laser cut chipboard bird cage and birds which I have had for about two years.  (We have a similar one, slightly smaller, on the website here).  I embossed the cage with Ruby Romance WOW embossing powder and the birds with Sparkling Snow.  The birds looked too white, so I coloured them with Copics and then added clear Versamark and added two or three layers of ordinary clear embossing powder over the top.

The printable paper has a dress form on it, but I covered it up with the bird cage so it looks like it is sitting on a pedestal.  I inked the edges of the paper with Distress inks before sticking it down.

The background card is where the PanPastels come in.  I stamped one of the lace stamps onto my 8×8 inch backing card with Versamark and gently patted Turquoise PP over it.  I mixed in a touch of Phthalo green, then once the stamped image was mostly coloured, I rubbed the sponge over to colour the background too.  It is unbelievably quick to create a smoothly blended background and a quick buff with kitchen towel takes off any excess and you’re done.

I positioned the panel top left to show off the pretty lace pattern and it’s finished very simply with a punched sentiment.

So I currently have two enticing sets of products sitting on my table waiting for more play time – the Distress Markers (waiting for more stock) and the PanPastels.  I’m enjoying what I’ve seen so far, but hope to get a chance to study them in more depth and give you a full report in due course.