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Birds of a Feather with Jessica Shier!

Hey Everyone! Jessica Shier here again with another share for you! I’ve been seeing a lot of designs using gray scale to color lately, or color masking. The sentiment I used also had a lot to do with out this design came to be. For this one I’m using the Feathered Sentiments stamp set. So, that is what inspired today’s card.

The First thing I did was map out my panel. I knew I wanted a few feathers floating down on the right side and one of the fantastic large sentiments on the left, all from the Feathered Sentiments set. I was able to fit 3 feathers on the right.  Then I stamped them with a Copic friendly ink. On another piece of Neenah 80lb Solar white cardstock I stamped the rest of the feathers, I ended up using all of them for this project. I couldn’t choose, so all it is! Those additional ones will be the ones that I color and fussy cut out.

I decided on where I wanted my “gray to color” line, using a piece of Purple Tape. Anything above the line will be gray scale and anything below the color line will be colorful. Pretty easy! I’ll have all the marker colors I used listed below. I started with the gray scale feathers first using warm and a few cool tones. I took the mask of Purple Tape off in order to color the gray areas of the feather that is split by the color line. I colored the rest of that feather and all the others with an assortment of blue, teal and orange markers. Then fussy cut and inked the edges of the colorful feathers. I felt that the panel needed some more color, so I used a couple of Distress Inks and ink blended around the outer edges, with a makeup blending brush. The top is done with Hickory Smoke and the bottom is Twisted Citron.

A bit of trial and error went into stamping the sentiment in black and teal. I used a combination of purple tape and small post it notes but the result left patches where the stamp wouldn’t completely stamp around the word “Yours” so I ended up using masking paper in the end. I first used Gina K. Amalgam ink for the sentiment. I cleaned the ink off but left the stamp where it was on my Stamp Platform. Then peeled up the masking paper and laid it on the opposite side so that it covered the black inked sentiment. For the colorful side of the sentiment I used Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers. One of my favorite colors. I also used a small embossing stylus like a pen and dipped into the ink pads to paint in any areas around the masking line that didn’t fully stamp.
I had a few smudges from stamping the sentiment so many times. So in order to mask those and because I like to splatter all the things; I used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, a waterbrush and an acrylic block to splatter the gray scale portion. For the colorful side I used Peakcock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, the same ink I stamped that lower portion of the sentiment with. I tore Post It notes to create masks for the feathers, that way they were not splattered by the ink.  Then let it sit to dry.

I trimmed down the panel to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inch and layered over a teal cardstock cut at 4 x 5 ¼ inch. Then those were layered on to a standard A2 sized card base. I chose a few of the fussy cut feathers for the bottom portion and adhered them down. I added some dimension by popping up one of the feathers with some foam adhesive squares. I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide again on the inside of the card with another one of the bold sentiments and adhered the last two feathers along the left side and that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this card design. Thank you Brutus Monroe for having me this month! I’ve had so much fun hanging out with you all.
Copic Markers Used:
W6, W3, W1, W0
C3, C1
B41, B16, B12
Y38, Y35
BG18, BG15, BG11
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