Friday, September 2, 2011

Fly Away Birthday

Hello, Blogland! Today I wanted to share a card that plays along with the most recent Make It Monday challenge from Papertrey Ink. This week's challenge was to create a project using colored pencils as the coloring medium (instead of, say, Copics or watercolors or something). Well, anyone that has spent any time around here knows how much I love my Prismacolor pencils, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to participate.

Today's card is a more masculine birthday card that uses the Fly Away and Half & Half Papertrey sets. I love that little airplane image! And the Half & Half stamps and dies seem to keep finding their way into my projects recently. Anyway, I started with my base on this card. First I cut a piece of Spring Rain cardstock just smaller than my white base. I stamped it with the birthday sentiment (from Rhythm & Soul) and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Canvas impression plate. Next I die cut two of the roundy ended Half & Half strips and stamped them with the coordinating stamp from the set in Pure Poppy ink. I adhered those to the Spring Rain layer and used my anywhere hole punch and eyelet setter to pop on a couple of navy blue eyelets. I tied gray baker's twine through the holes (which looks a little wonky in the photo, sorry) and adhered that entire panel to the white base.

Next I worked on the airplane. I die cut the shape first and stamped and colored second. My first attempt didn't exactly go as planned. I had originally wanted to color the entire plane with pencils and mineral spirits, but when I used the mineral spirits with the dark blue pencil the color changed in a way I wasn't thrilled about. So I started over, deciding this time to only use the mineral spirits with the silver pencil on the propeller. It took awhile to get the color built up in a way I liked, but eventually I was happy with the shading. I generally like to lay color down lightly (easy to add, not so easy to take away) so it can sometimes take a little longer. I also ended up liking the texture the pencil gave the airplane. It seemed to fit nicely with the canvas impression on the Spring Rain layer.

To round the whole card off I die cut a circle and stamped it with the clouds from Up, Up, and Away and mounted that and the airplane itself to the card front with foam tape.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card. See you all again soon!

Stamps: Fly Away, Half & Half, Rhythm & Soul, Up, Up, and Away - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Smoky Shadow, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink
Dies: Half & Half, Fly Away - Papertrey Ink
Other: Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Oyster Baker's Twine - Divine Twine; Navy Eyelets - Making Memories; Colored Pencils - Prismacolor; foam tape; eyelet setter and anywhere hole punch; mineral spirits


Marybeth said...

Absolutely beautiful ! Love everything about it.

AuroraDawn said...

Oh wow Lizzie, gorgeous card, love the use of the half and half dies.

Mad for Paper said...

Love it! the half and half dies look great tied together that way.

Leigh Penner said...

I love how you used the half & half dies here! Great card!

Suzanne Russell said...

Beautiful, Jan! So original with the little circle die behind the plane. You have certainly inspired me today!

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Debbie Gaydos said...

So CUTE, Liz!! I love the twine tied eyelets on the half & half strip! CLEVER!

Jen Adcock said...

Wow, very cool. I have yet to use my Fly Away Stamp or dies and its been eating at me. I hadn't felt inspired to do so until now. So fantastic!