Saturday, 1 July 2017

Robin Redbreast

Hi Bloggers.

Sue Wilson is launching a new One Day Special today at 6pm with Part One of her 2017 Festive Collection so I thought I would share a Christmas Card today featuring a couple of the die sets that she has on her shows.

I started by cutting the Robin Redbreast Stained Glass Window Die out of Coconut White Card twice. I added Quickie Glue to the back of one and popped onto a piece of Acetate. I trimmed the other die cut a little so that it was smaller than the first, added Quickie Glue to the front of it and added it to the back of the Acetate. This creates a well for filling with Lacquer mixes.

Working on the back, for the green sections, I popped some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer onto my Craft Sheet and added CS Peacock Green Pixie Powder. I mixed it well and added to the areas as shown using a Paint Brush.

For the red strip areas in the frame, I popped some Clear Lacquer Varnish onto my Craft Sheet and mixed in a drop of Rich Crimson CS Intense Pigment Stain. For the berries, I used my red mix and added CS Frosty Dawn Diamond Frost.

My bird was a bit of an experiment. I started by adding a brush stroke of my pre-glittered red mix to his tummy. Once dry, I added some Clear Varnish Lacquer to my Craft Sheet and added some drops of Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Re-inker. To be honest, I think I added too many drops of the re-inker as it took quite a while to dry so a bit more experimenting is required with that method. There are a few air bubbles that I did not manage to get rid of too but he just looks a bit speckled under his chin 😊. For his beak and his eyes, I used a Clear Varnish Laquer and Sunflower Yellow Intense Pigment Stain mix.

I added a piece of Coconut White Card to the back of my window once all the areas were dry and then matted onto Chestnut Card.

For my background, I picked up Walnut Stain Distress Oxide onto a Brayer and transferred the ink to the deboss side of the CE Ice Crystals Embossing Folder. I added a piece of Coconut White Card to the cleanside of my folder, closed it and ran it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Raspberry Plate. Any remaining ink on the folder just falls off when placed under running water. I inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Ink using a Smoothie. I matted onto Chestnut Card and then Coconut White.

I cut the greenery dies from Sue's Pine Cone & Greenery Die Set out of Brunswick Green Card twice. I cut the Pine Cones out of Chestnut Card - once with both dies in each and once with the just the outside dies. I used my pokey tool to help me push the cut sections forward and then glued each pair of die cuts together.

Sue will be on Hochanda today at 6pm (still on Freeview) and 8pm (not on Freeview) and at 9am, 1pm and 5pm tomorrow. I'm offering 10% discount on my website on products from the shows. You can find them here. Offer applies till tomorrow night. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Tim Holtz has announced 12 new colours in the Distress Oxide family. I am taking pre-orders on my website for these now. Stock is expected at the end of August. You can find them and all 12 of the original colours and re-inkers here.

I'm heading up to Phill Martin's Nottingham Honeypot Crafts Store early tomorrow morning to demo at the celebrations of the shop's 10th Birthday. Just thought I would give you a heads up today in case you fancy a visit tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Hi Julia
    Beautiful card.
    Thanks for the information for today's card I have bought this and the poinsettia to make some of my Christmas cards.
    Thanks Jan x

  2. Hi Julia,
    Beautiful card, love the stained glass dies.
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Morning julia this is such a beautiful creation, love it, I will have to try the lacquer and pixie powders, been a bit unsure of them so far but will take the plunge.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs June Smith xxxx

  4. A beautiful card Julia love it I think the stained glass windows are beautiful your robin is brill thank you love June horrocks xxxxxx

  5. Hi Julia
    A beautiful card, I love the pine cones with this.
    I'm off to a workshop today to learn how to make wafer flowers (using 'rice' paper, which is made with potatoe starch instead of rice!)
    B xx
    B xx

  6. What a lovely robin. The whole card is beautiful Julia.
    Judging by the goodies you have on offer from Sue's shows, it looks as though she will be busy and were in for a treat.

  7. Great card, really lovely.


  8. Beautiful card Julia xx hazel

  9. Good Morning Julia. A WOW card this morning , so much work has gone into the card. You have really showed it of so well. Looking forward to shows....Wendy

  10. Morning Julia,
    Love your card. Have a good day at Phil's shop.

  11. I love love love Sue's stained glass window collection Your card is so pretty I'm so looking forward to your workshop with these on 12th

  12. Morning Julia

    This is such a pretty and sweet design

    Enjoy your busy weekend!

    June x

  13. Hello Julia, such a fabulous card, love this die, it is one of my favourites from the Festive launch, will record Sue's shows. Have a great time at Honeypot crafts with Phill and the team. Enjoy your day everyone. Bx

  14. What a lovely card, Julia. The fir cones look great.

    Anne (Northampton)

  15. A really lovely Christmassy card today the robin stained glass window die....thanks...luv Ursula xx

  16. Hi Julia
    I love everything about this card , just beautiful.
    Elaine H X

  17. Hi Julia this is a stunning Christmas card I love the robin. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  18. Hi Julia Lovely card the Robin is really good love the stained glass windows dies

  19. Your Robin Redbreast has such character! Good job! Your placement of your layers is perfect. I am still striving for perfect. Thank you for your inspiration and your instructions.

  20. Beautiful card Julia. Love how you have coloured it. Thank you for sharing this.

  21. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Card. I really like the stained glass dies and your background is very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  22. Lovely card Julia!
    I am really liking the stained glass dies especially with the clear lacquer and pixie powders.

  23. Hi Julia, This card is gorgeous !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  24. Hi Julia,

    What a beauty!Love it!
    Carmen (Canada)


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