Colouring creatures

I just received these stamps from Katzelcraft, who are a French stamp making company, and having lived 23 years in France, I wanted to support their products. Their “Les Piafs” bird set look quite similar to Tim Holtz’s “Crazy birds” and as it seemed cheaper too, I ordered them. As soon as I got them, I regretted it! Being new to stamping, I didn’t quite understand what “unmounted” was but I soon found out! You have to buy a separate backing sheet to stick the stamps on, then cut them before you can use them! What a hassle, and it came out the same price if not more expensive than Tim Holtz’s, in the end!

Anyway, enough complaining! After the initial hassle, I really do love the stamps and it was my first time colouring birds, or any animals for that matter! What I love about these birds is that you can paint them any colour you like. I’m so happy with the result but i still have to improve my colouring skills!

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The background was stencilled in with StampinUp’s Bermuda Bay and the birds were coloured with my Tombow markers. I stamped the text by Funny Bones, embossed it, then I created a circle mask by cutting a circle on a scrap paper and covering the card with it, leaving just the circle over the text, which I sponged in with Stampin’Up’s Daffodil Delight. After that I wiped the text with a wet wipe, to bring out the colours of the text. They call this technique emboss resist, which I learnt last week and used it in this card.

I entered this card in:

Less is More One layer Geometric shapes or patterns. Its the first time I’ve entered such a “fussy” card into a CAS challenge but i hope it still qualifies! I’m also not quite sure what one-layer means but from the examples given, it must mean no raised images? Anyway, I learn so much by entering in all these challenges and visiting other designers blogs, which is probably their intention I guess!

One layer Simplicity  As you wish challenge

CAS Mix it up card challenge – I just discovered this challenge blog and I think I’m going to enjoy making cards for their challenges! Just the right amount of requirements to make things a little complicated, and I love complicated!

STAMPlorations Flash Stencil project linky party during their fantastic blog hop. I didn’t know there were so many ways of using stencils on a card!

AAA Card anything goes challenge




10 thoughts on “Colouring creatures

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ceal even though I completely forgot to add the link back to the challenge. Oops! Rectified now.


  1. Hi Gwendolyn. Your birds are so fun and bright. Love the rainbow colours! Great design with the stenciled background and masked sentiment. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  2. I love these fun, colorful birds, Gwendolyn! You have used a perfect sentiment and your soft stenciling shows it all off perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!


  3. Wonderful card, love your colouring and the background.
    I was trying to buy these but for some reason it wouldn’t work for me (maybe something to do with me being in Australia not sure but just would not go through). These birds are so clever.


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