Friday, 26 August 2011

Punched Peacock Side Step

Well that's nearly another week gone, and I've still not had any real time for crafting!!

Hello to my new follower Helen T, how spooky is it that you and my last joinee are both Helens??  Anyway, you both are welcome and Thanks for becoming a follower.

I have had a go at the Simply Stampin challenge though. They call it "Punch it Up", and requires using punches in the design.

After a long think, and ignoring the urge to reach for my Big Shot, I decided to use my Blossom Petals punch to make one of my favourite birds, a peacock.

Here's what he turned out like




I started with a cream card from my stash, scored, cut and folded a strip at the side to make the side step. I mounted some aqua coloured card from my stash onto some Garden Green to create the front and 3 side panels.I then used my blossom punch to cut 5 large petals (for the tail), 1 long petal (for the body), 2 plump petals( for the wings), and 1 small petal ( for the head) from GGreen. 6 long petals were punched out of Taken With Teal, 5 for the tail and 1 to be cut in half for his neck and breast. I then used a borrowed Owl Punch ( Thanks Jacqueline) to punch 5 Whisper White circles ( Owls eyes) and 5 hearts from stash card, and one Crushed Curry Owl was cut up to make the legs, head crown and beak. The white eye came from the Owl punch and I drew his pupil with a black pen. Before sticking together I sponged each petal with Archival Opalite Cypress Frost and Sterling Frost, to try to give the bird the shimmery tinge to the feathers that the real peacocks have. It didn't quite work as I'd hoped, but I've run out of time before the challenge closes, so I hope to try the peacock again soon. The body was stuck with 3D pads to give him more dimension.

Here's a close up of the Opalite on the petals/feathers





The side panels were stamped with a Verve sentiment and a Peacock feather which I had designed and had made for me by TandaStamps. in Handsome Hunter, and coloured with a white gel pen and Bermuda Bay SU marker.

Recipe : Card = SU Garden Green, Taken with Teal, Whisper White
Punch : Blossom petals and 2 step Owl
Inks : Archival Opalites in Sterling Frost and Cypress Frost, Crushed Curry marker, and Handsome Hunter
Stamps : Peacock Feather and Verve sentiment
Extras : 3D pads and White gel pen

Right, I've minutes before the challenge closes so I'm rushing off to get this posted but I'll be back soon.

Thanks for dropping by, and I'd love your comments on my bird if you get a few seconds spare.






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