Be still and listen…

Welcome to my crafty blog. Today’s card was inspired by the upcoming RSPB ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ which is happening in the UK next weekend. It’s an annual survey where we’re asked to spend an hour counting the birds we see in our garden. There’s a very helpful online pack you can get for it on the RSPB website. So given the theme of bird watching, this stamp set from Claritystamp fitted the bill (sorry! 😁) perfectly.

The ‘Be still and listen’ stamps are a three way overlay set, with one stamp for the outline, the second filling in the image, and the third for the background. I started by stamping the first outline onto a piece of white card, using Archival black. I always use my stamping platform for this type of card, as I find it easier to get the images positioned over each other more accurately than when I stamp freehand.

Next was to use stamp 2 to colour the birds and flowers. I wanted to leave the writing white, so used a sponge to add Distress Oxide in ‘mustard seed’ for the birds and ‘picked raspberry’ for the flowers. I then dabbed ‘peeled paint’ Distress ink around the outer edge to colour the frame.

Finally, I switched to the third stamp in the set to colour the background with the ‘peeled paint’. I kept it to the centre of the stamp to fill in behind the letters, leaving the background white behind the birds & flowers.

All I then needed to do was trim down the card, so there was a narrow white border around the image – and spend half an hour trying to match a background paper! (is it just me…?!) I settled on a piece of Claritystamp designer card from the ‘Indian Summer’ pack, which had the right tones, and cut it to fit on a 6×6 card blank.

I’m sharing this card over at this week’s CAS Colours and Sketches challenge, where I got the inspiration for the colours.

Thanks for dropping in. The weather forecast isn’t looking too great for next weekend, but I’ll hopefully be able to get an hour in the garden to spot the birds, although I’m not very good on identifying the individual ones!

5 thoughts on “Be still and listen…

  1. Great card. I love the colours. I always do the Birdwatch and look forward to it. My garden is absolutely fill of birdlife just now (I back onto woodland so get all kinds!) – all really well fed as many of my neighbours also feed them.

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  2. Very pretty and calming. How fortunate to have a piece of background papers to match our challenge colors. Thanks so much for playing with us at CC&S!

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