Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Perching Birds

When I was a little girl, I remember my grandpa sitting on the screen porch in Florida and watching the purple martins fly in and out of the birdhouses in his backyard.

Purple martins are a type of swallow, which is one of the two bird images included in 11113MC Perching Birds Clear Set:


These images were drawn by Nancy Baier of Shady Tree Studio, and she created this beautiful card using the swallow and one of the sayings:


Although Nancy lamented about how the sentiment is just a teeny bit crooked, which was making her sort of nuts, I didn't even notice it until she pointed it out.

(Remember, you don't need to tell people stuff like this! Most of the time, they won't ever see it themselves. Seems like many of us stampers are our own worst critics, and I'm guilty of falling into this category myself, too.)

What I did see, however was her lovely, soft coloring with Ranger Distress Inks and a water brush. The torn patterned paper with contrasting diagonal swatch is really visually pleasing, as it adds such nice movement to the card and brings your eye from the image down the sentiment.

Then Nancy made a "clean and simple" version of this card:


She added washi tape and three brown self-adhesive pearls to complement the Basic Grey Out of Print patterned paper.

You may have seen that this week's card on the main Inky site features the same set but utilizes the cardinal image instead of the swallow. Nancy stamped a cardinal card of her own, as well:


She colored this one as a male with the bright red that we usually associate with cardinals, and she mentioned how the tree stump he's standing on was drawn so that you can add snow to the top for winter or Christmas cards.

Had you spotted that leafy bough stamp in the previous card? Well, Nancy used it again but repeatedly to follow the curve of a Nestabilities oval die (or deckled oval die, as shown here). It was designed so the center of the bough lines up with the curve of the oval, and Nancy popped up the cardinal image in the center:


For a more detailed description, you can check out Nancy's original post here. Hope your day is filled with happy songs, Inky friends!

3 comments:

Sue D said...

Beautiful coloring of these birds. I like how the leafy bough was curved to fit the die on the cardinal card.

Debbie K. said...

Lovely cards, lovely drawings!
- DebbieK

Jackie Wamhoff said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Sue and Debbie. Glad you like Nancy's work as much as I do. :-)