Aft'noon me 'ol luvvies!
Hope you are all keeping fit, well and warm :o)
Now then, this is another Easter card I would like to share with you (it's making me giggle even before I upload the piccy).
Using the Picoti Picota stamp set from Artemio, I stamped the chicken that looks like it has the 'thousand yard stare' onto Post-it notes and cut out to create a mask. I then stamped it out several times so it looks like a whole flock (sorry, gang) of chickens. I stamped a solitary chicken in front of them pecking at some food.
It looks like the flock of chickens is just about to storm the poor chicken that is on its own. I won't keep you in suspense any longer, here it is...
What you need...
Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio
Die: Big Splash Border - Memory Box
Punch: corner rounder
Card stock: white, bright pink, lime
Ink: Tuxedo Black - Memento
Promarkers: Cool Aqua, Cool Grey 1, Lime Green, Magenta, Mandarin, Summer Sun
Baker's twine: aqua
What you do...
Create a 14.5cm square blank in bright pink card and round the right side corners. Stamp the chickens onto white card, colour in and trim, rounding the right corners. Mat onto lime card, again with the right corners rounded.
Die cut the Big Splash Border in white card, attach to the bottom edge of the chicken image and adhere to the blank.
Wrap baker's twine around the card three times, thread through a button and tie in a bow.
I love the chickens eyes. Even though they haven't got an expression, they do look like they are waiting for the command to charge - probably from the chicken at the bottom of the gang.
Masking is a good way of building up an image to look like there is a group, such as balloons, trees etc. Obviously it is more difficult with an intricate design (unless you like to sit for a week cutting it out).
Sometimes you need to do several masks (not good if you are doing an intricate design - best allow yourself about a month). Where the image may overlap two or more, plus the Post-it note can lose some of its 'sticky' because of the ink.
Another reason to have a few cut out is that the back of the mask can pick up ink from an image that wasn't dry and will transfer on to where you are stamping, ruining the whole thing (another good idea why not to take on an intricate design). Keep several on hand so if you need to discard one, you can carry straight on with your project.
Did I tell you I luuurrrvve chickens???
That's it from me for now, heading off to make a brew and have a bite to eat. Thanks for dropping by xx