Monday, July 8, 2019

The Greetery - Robins and Wrens Tips for You

Hi everyone! I hope your July 4th celebration if you're in the USA was fun and happy. 

If you're like me, after all the hubbub of family visits and cookouts with friends died down, you got to refresh yourself in your craft space. I had a great time experimenting with the Robins and Wrens set from The Greetery over the weekend. I am head over heels in love with Betsy's innovative designs!

I kept my card simple and the lines clean for a summer birthday using the larger wren from the set. I love how pert and cute this little birdie looks on the branch.

Here are a few tips for stamping this and other multi-layered images:

  • Order of stamping - the first image includes all of the bird and the underbelly, the second layer adds detail. I found it really helped to stamp the second image, THEN the first image. That way they are easier to line up, since the darker image shows up and the first stamp image should be lightest.  
  • I found I could stamp the second image and then use the same color for the first image, by stamping it off once to make it lighter the way the underbelly would be.
  • Remember, you don't need four different colors of ink to stamp the bird. Experiment with generational stamping, or sponging the ink onto the image for a softer look.
  • As with all layering stamps - take time to set up your best lighting even if you use a stamp positioner. 
  • No worries if you don't line things up perfectly. These stamps are easy and so forgiving! 
  • I stamped all the parts of my bird, EXCEPT the beak and legs, then die cut the image. Stamping the beak and legs after the image was die cut assured that I placed them at the correct angle. 
  • Have fun adding details! I used a white gel pen on the wings area and Nuvo drops for the eyes and flower centers.
I guess those tips were more than a few, glad you read to the end! I hope that you've enjoyed my post today and found the tips helpful. I enjoy sharing the things I learn and create with you! Hope your Monday goes wonderfully well.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Robin & Wren stamp set and dies, Blooming Branch stamp set, Sentiment Suite: Birthday and Basics Dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, WPlus9 - Fog card stock
INK: the blues on the bird are from Altenew
Accessories: twine, Nuvo gloss dots, Plus 9 - Clear Cut    Stackers Hexagon Dies, white embossing powder


Leslie Miller said...

Absolutely beautiful, Cindy! So soft and lovely. I'm completely smitten! I like your tips, especially the idea of stamping the darker color first. Never have thought of that. This stamp sure takes the guesswork out of coloring birds. I really love bird stamps but feel I'm bird-coloring challenged. So very sweet and another wonderful and simple card design!

Pauline said...

Beautiful card Cindy! Thanks for the tips, I will definitely give this a try. I just received my set a few days ago, can't wait to use it.