Today I have a Gina K Designs preview for you illustrated by Rupa titled "Home Tweet Home." I know I've said this before, but the illustrators have really outdone themselves this month.
One of our morning rituals here at my house, is to watch the birds at my feeder. Its a great way to get the boys to sit at the table and actually eat their breakfast rather than run around like maniacs, and I love to sit and enjoy a hot cup of tea watching our little feathered friends.
Lately, we've had this really beautiful black and red bird with a little bit of red around his head. You've got to be very sneaky watching him, or else he's off like a shot. The feeder needs a refill, but brrrr its cold here in New England, I'm having a hard time convincing my husband to fill that puppy up, and me, I'm too short to reach. So, needless to say, I was very excited when I first saw the artwork in this new set.
I stamped the image with Memento ink, then colored with my Copic Markers. Then I applied the Nestie right over the image, secured it with some Eclipse Masking Tape and ran it through my Cuttlebug. Worked like a charm. I used to always cut the nestie out first, then stamp on it, but this new system is working better for me. What do YOU do first? Stamp then diecut, or diecut then stamp?
What I really wanted to do was one of those beautiful Copic backgrounds... with the airbrush, but since I don't have that tool, I improvised with lots of things I DO already have. First, I went over my entire image with a Versamarker, applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed. Then I sponged all around my diecut shape with Soft Sky ink from SU, then did a second pass with Craft White Ink to soften the sky. The clear embossing powder resisted the ink, so I was able to wipe it right off the main image. I will say, I made a complete mess in the process, but that's half the fun right?
There are also some beautifully illustrated birdhouses that you might just see as you blog hop around to the Design Team this morning. I got to say I just love preview days and jumping around to see what everyone has done.....and it gets better... there are TWO sets being revealed today. Be sure not to miss a thing by visiting:
Gina, Erika, Theresa, Donna, Jessica, Melanie, Kurtis, Emily, Cammie and our Spotlight Designer - Carolina