Hi everyone,
welcome to another fun tutorial.
This card uses the gorgeous Merry Magpie stamp set from Rubber Dance.  
There are so many interesting little bits in this set to play with.

Are you ready to have a go at this one?
I think you will enjoy the process.

Stamp the magpie in the center of your card.  
I’ve used slightly larger card than I need so that I can trim it down later.
 I’ve also used Stazon ink for the stamping.

Add some masking fluid to the magpie and jewel so that they stay white after the ink is added.

Swipe some distress ink onto a large acrylic block.  I’ve used Broken China,Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean.  
You can of course use the colours that appeal to you.
Spritz with a little water onto the ink untilit beads up and then press this over the stamped images.
 I’ve cleaned the block and added a little chipped sapphire ink to the edges of the block, spritzed it again and re-stamped over the first layer of colour.
This was to give the outer edge a little shading. This is of course optional.

Swipe some Peacock Feathers distress ink straight onto a stencil.
I’ve used Dinky stencil from That’s Crafty called ‘Bubbles’.
Spritz with a little water and press onto the inked area of your card, blotting with some paper towel as you do.
The blotting with the paper towel helps prevent the wet ink spreading out too far.
Randomly stamp with the stencil into the coloured area.

This is what it looks like after you have added the ink.

I want to add some stamping behind the coloured area, so I’ve masked off the area shown above.

For the leaves in the background I’ve used Iced Spruce Distress Oxides – the oxides stamp out so beautifully.
Can you see how by placing a mask into the top left corner
the vine appear to be behind the coloured area?

To finish the main piece simply stamp words of your choice.

You can add some random stamping from Old Book Page, some extra stars from Merry Magpie, a bird from A Little Birdie and some doodling if you wish.
 To finish, rub away the masking fluid (gently, so that you don’t accidentally rip the card),
cut the card down to the size you are happy with and mat onto some card!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this technique.
It is a favourite of mine.
You can change the colours, change the stamps, even change the words.
Add as little or as much detail to the background as you like.
It is entirely up to you and what you like to do.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x