Feb 10, 2013

Birds of a Feather...

"Birds of a Feather"
The new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
is "Birds"

I instantly thought of Spring
and wanted to show that through the birds.

I have a background that is inked in blues and picket fence and smooshed on a craft sheet.
Then overstamped with maple leaves.
I ordered in some lovely birds sitting on a line (because they looked cute)
then wondered what will I do with them.
Why did I do that??? I have no idea! lol
Finally I came up with the idea of stamping them onto a feather.

Oh no!
No feathers!
So I asked at the school where I work for everyone to look out for feathers for me. lol...really!
And the next day our illustrious Tim had assembled a small pile of duck feathers on my desk! 
Thankyou Tim :)))

Using Colorbox Queue dye inks I very carefully stamped some feathers.

TIP: forget stamping on the fluffy bits...it just doesn't work!

But on the flat areas it stamps beautifully...so aim the main part of the stamp for that area.
I really like the end result.

I needed some focal bling to anchor the feather to the card 
and finally decided on another bird.

As an afterthought I tied some hessian threads together
 and placed under the bird 
~ and I think it kind of looks like a nest?
The bird is subtley coloured with water crayons (difficult to see)

The stamps used are from Darkroom Door, Kaisercraft, Kaszazz and Crafty Individual.

Marina at Cottage Crafts is offering an online voucher to her store for the winner,
runners up and spotlights are up for grabs to!
The Fashionettes have some gorgeous inspiration for you so please pop on over to
FSC and check them all out and leave a little love...
These girls are amazing each and every time they create something!
Please be inspired and join in the fun...


I am entering this card into the following challenges ~


Debi said...

such a great card Dot- and i love how you've stamped on the duck feather- brilliant idea! Debi x

Qie said...

Hi Dot..
This card is fabulous. I love the feather and the image on it. Glad that you joining us at Brown Sugar. Good luck. I'm a new follower here, too. (:

Dangina Martinez said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the birds and inks used. Thank You for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week.
Good Luck, Dangina

Ceal said...

Very pretty! love the blue! Thanks for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week hope to see you again soon!

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my Dot this is a wonderful dreamy feathery piece of art. I love the stamped feathers and well done Tim for finding the perfect ones. The blue hues are gorgeous and the bird and nest are the perfect finishing touch. This is beautifully creative, I love it.
Hugs Brenda xox

Claire said...

Hi Dot, wow what a beautiful card. Stamping on a feather is such a clever idea, so creative and it looks amazing. I'll have to keep my eye out for some stray ducks lol
Claire xx

Shirl said...

What to say my friend except that I have seen the original and it looks way better than displayed on your blog. Who would have thought to stamp onto a duck feather ... well Dot of course lol.


Hugs Shirley x x

Meggymay said...

Wow, love this card, the stamping on the feather looks amazing.
Yvonne x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great stamping Dot...great card in marvelous colours

greetings, Alie :-)

Paper Profusion said...

Oh this is inspired Dot! The feather stamping is a FABULOUS idea - thank-you Tim for sourcing. I love the whole design and the anchoring bird on nest is the perfect balancing act. Nicola x

Annette said...

This looks amazing! Love the colours and of course the clever idea, stamping on feathers.
Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge!
Hugs Annette

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Great card Doth with great stamping and beautiful colors.

greetings Janny

stampingwitch said...

wow, your card is specially. It gives so many details!

Fliss said...

This is totally amazing Dot. When I first saw it, I thought surely she hasn't stamped on a feather!
It looks incredible and is such an inspired idea which I would never have thought possible!
Love this!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Dot that's such an amazing card, love how you've stamped directly onto the feather - just fantastic. Great use of the hessian threads.

Sue C said...

Gorgeous card Dot ! Love how you've used the feather and the monotone of blues is fabulous ! Sue C x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card and amazing that you stamped on the feather! Love the colours & design. Shirleyx

Lynne K said...

Love how you've thought outside the box here and stamped on the feather! It has worked brilliantly! Gorgeous card with beautiful colours. Thanks for sharing it with us for our Fur and Feather theme at Stamping Sensations, and good luck.


♥ Mys ♥ said...

Wow - this card is stunning! Love everything about it, so beautiful:)
*Hugs, Inger*

Ephemera said...

Hi Dot, always a pleasure to visit your blog and see your inky treasures. This is amazing, such beautiful colours and exquisite stamping, and such a great idea to stamp on the feather. Have a lovely day. xx

Terry said...

Dot, this is so welcoming of Spring! Love the soft blues and stamping on the feather is brilliant! Gorgeous! Hugs!

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous !

pinky said...

Stunning card, love the feathers too. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this mohth.

Creations by Shirl said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us at Brown Sugar Challenge.

Francesca said...

Very pretty
Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations
Francesca xx

Rina said...

WOW! How unique! So different from the rest!

Thanks for stopping by and joining in the Diva's challenge this week.... best of luck and hope to see you again soon!
Rina ~~DT

butterfly said...

This is absolutely stunning, Dot! The stamping on the feather is exquisite... I even love where that bird on the left's tail drifts off into the fluffier bit of feather. And your afterthought of hessian threads really makes the piece for me... Altogether gorgeous!
Alison x

Sarah said...

Hi Dot, my goodness that is just amazing! Wonderful idea to stamp on the feather and love your colour scheme.

Thanks for joining in with us this week at Divas by Design.


Mrs.B said...

Oh Dot I could look at this for ages.
Its a beautiful card, so much depth to the background - and the stamping on the feather - just amazing. LOVE IT.
Avril xx

brenda said...

Better late than never Dot as they say, I'm really running on late.

An absolutely stunning piece of artwork, the tone on tone colours work perfectly and I love how the bird in the foreground is echoed in the background.

Thanks so much the sharing your inspirational work with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Marjie Kemper said...

It took a few moments for my eyes to process that you really did stamp on the feathers.... how incredibly gorgeous this piece is! Absolutely beautiful, Dot.

Esther said...

Oh my - how gorgeous is this. The stamping on that feather looks amazing ! How clever are you !! Esther xx

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

June Macfarlane said...

Adoring your feathery creation. Love your blog too Dot. Now i am back blogging i decided to come and follow you
Hugs June x

Vee Cassidy said...

Such beautiful work, Dot I love the background and the stamping onto feathers is a totally new one on me and you have made the image so clear. The hessian does look nest like too and the foregrounded bird is beautiful. Vee xx ps (Now I must find a non fluffy feather to try stamping!)

lilscrappers said...

Seriously??? This is amazing! I love your method of layer, on all your projects. It just draws you in and is never too busy.