Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Peacock Feathers

It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a new Scrapy Land Challenge!  The theme for this challenge is Add Texture, plus use any brand of die that Scrapy Land sells.

Now that's a pretty broad field and can mean anything from added glitter, dry embossing, cheese cloth, embossing paste, and the list can go on an on.  For my card, I added dry embossing, heat embossing with glitter, and Nuvo glimmer paste for my various textures.

The following dies were used to create my shadowbox style card:

Die-Versions: Love Frame
Impression Obsession: Tied Line
Sue Wilson Designs: Italian Collection Background

The arch behind the Peacock Feathers is also a die cut, but I had borrowed it from a friend and for the life of me I can't remember who made it.  If you know who the manufacture is, please let me know so I can give them credit.

To create this shadowbox card, I started out by spritzing a piece of watercolor paper with water and then randomly adding yellows, reds, and oranges of Color Bursts.  This was spritzed again with water and I kept adding and drying until I was happy with the results.

Next I die cut the Sue Wilson background die and then ran it through my die cutting machine a second time with the embossing mat to dry emboss it.  This step really brings out the veins on the leaves.  I lightly spritzed this layer with a homemade glimmer mist (water and Perfect Pearls).  Unfortunately, the added bling is so subtle that I can't get the camera to pick it up (but it looks great in person 😃).  I then added a double layer of dimensional foam tape to the back of the die cut so that it would look like a shadowbox with the watercolors in the background.

Another option would have been to add a piece of acetate sheeting to the back before adding the dimensional tape and then adding some sequins to make a shaker card.  That would have really given it lots of texture.

To create the Peacock feathers, I began by taping down the Peacock Feather stencil from Stampendous/Dreamweaver down onto a piece of acetate.  Then I randomly added three different colors of Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Tanzanite Lavender, Peridot Green, Blue Topaz).   After the Glimmer Paste was dry, I cut around the outside edges of the feathers. I had so much fun making these that I made several and will use them in some future projects coming up.

The backdrop for these feathers is a die cut piece of patterned paper that I enhanced with a little Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo).  This helped the feathers to be more of a focal point.

The "Love" sentiment is part of the Die-Versions Love Frame die that I cut out of fun foam and then heat set it to make it shrink.  Once it was shrunk down to a smaller size, I applied VersaMark and Royal Violet embossing powder and heat set it again.

For the bow and string, I die cut the Tied Line from Impression Obsession twice and fanned out the strings on either end and glued the two pieces together.  I then added VersaMark and heat set this with more Royal Violet embossing powder.

Now it's your turn to join us for some fun.  Maybe try a new technique that gives texture, or use one of your tried and true formulas.  Either way, I hope you join us for this Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until February 26 and the winner (chosen by the design team) will win a $15 gift certificate to go shopping at Scrapy Land.  New Arrivals are added all the time!


Shona Erlenborn said...

Super fun. Love the combination of all the different dies and the shadow box effect works in nicely!Awesome feathers too - thanks for the inspiration,Anne.

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card! Love the colors and design!
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Lori Kobular said...

Stunning!! I love the feathers on your card and the dies that you used to make this gorgeous card!

Donna Ellis said...

Wowser! Lots of amazing techniques in this beauty, Anne! Thank you for explaining how you achieved the amazing effects! xo

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Gorgeous card ! Fabulous ! love the texture , and the peacock feathers !!!!!

Lisa said...

Wow, Anne, this is absolutely stunning!! The colors are amazing!! I love reading how you put your cards together and the techniques you use!! The sparkle is amazing!! And I love those feathers, too!! So, so gorgeous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Shelly Schmidt said...

I really love the die with the colors behind peeking through. It is a beautiful backdrop for the feathers : ) Beautifully done!

NanaConnie said...

I love everything about this design, Anne, but those stenciled feathers are stunning! I never thought about working on acetate but this has really inspired me. I have to give that a try.

Lena's Creations said...

Beautiful card. Love the sparkly feathers. They go so perfectly well with your lovely card design. Have a wonderful day! Lena xxx

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Beautiful! I love Peacock colors, and your coloring here is perfect and delightful!!

Olenkaja said...

Gorgeous card! Love your design :)) and colours :)
Hugs Ola