12 Days of Clarity – day 4 April ‘marvellous macaw’

Here we are on day 4 of my personal ’12 Days of Clarity’ challenge, to use all the 2020 Claritystamp New Design Club stamps. April’s was a ‘marvellous macaw’, and another that hadn’t yet seen the light of day on my craft table! I have to say, now I’ve used it I really like it (maybe there’s a lesson in that).

I started by stamping the macaw onto white card, and then watercoloured him with Distress Oxide inks in ‘mermaid lagoon’ and ‘mustard seed’. I’ve got several friends who are keen birdwatchers, so checked on Google images to make sure I got the colours right! I also stamped the smallest flower from the ‘bird and flower rows’ set and watercoloured them too, before fussy cutting them all out.

Next was to die cut a circle using two of the nested circle dies, and a small strip of black card. I heat embossed the sentiment from February’s NDC stamp using WOW bright white powder onto the black card, and then attached both pieces to the front of an A6 card blank.

The final step was to sit the macaw on the strip of black card using foam pads, and then position the flowers on the opposite side of the circle.

For the second card, I just had to use a piece of the ‘Amazonia’ designer paper of course! I mean, what else could a macaw be expected to sit on… I stamped the branch from the ‘journalling’ set across it in black Archival, and then placed it behind a piece of white card where I’d die cut a square in the centre. I added the sentiment from ‘Tina’s flowers and butterflies’ stamp set at the bottom of the square.

I then stamped the macaw onto a piece of white card, and again watercoloured him with Distress Oxide inks, this time using ‘festive berries’, ‘mowed lawn’ and ‘mermaid lagoon’. More fussy cutting, and then he sat nicely against the branch, again using foam pads

Another straightforward card – in fact, it probably took me as long to check out the right colours for macaws as it did to make the rest of the cards! Thanks for dropping in – I’ll be back later with the die from the April New Design Club

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