Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Retro Rubber 46 - Guest Design Card

One of the many lovely things about Retro Rubber Challenge is that it lets you get out your old stamps and rediscover why you loved them in the first place. Stampin Up Aviary was the second set I got. Ever. I suppose that technically it was first equal since I got it in the same order as another set but I think of it as second. Anyway this critter challenge had me reaching for it. Birds are critters, right? They were certainly the only critters in my old stamps pile!



These quirky little birds, along with the owl  - who does not appear here - are just adorable, especially when paired up with the birdcages in the set. But in this card, they're roaming free.




The 'Just Because' comes from a set called A Dozen Thoughts, which retired with the last catalogue and I've had since it first came out. The curly font appealed to me and I couldn't help but use it as a perch for the smallest bird critter. Thank you, stampamajig, for letting me get that right!


Somehow, I managed to channel the challenge graphic because it wasn't until I came to write up this post that I realised the background of this card owes a lot to the graphic in both colour and style! I masked off the strip, sponged it with Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon and flicked it with water to lift some of the colour. I thought about adding in some more to the silhouette but in the end, less is more.

So, in the end a simple, quirky-critter general purpose card.

Ingredients
Card: Cucumber Crush, Watercolour paper
Stamps: Stampin Up Aviary and A Dozen Thoughts
Inks: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Tuxedo Black
Other: Cucumber Crush baker's twine, sponges and water.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Jan, welcome to Retro Rubber as a guest designer. Love your card, great take on the "critter" challenge.

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  2. Oh, my goodness, Jan! I absolutely love your little critters and am positive they appreciate being able to roam free on your beautiful card! Your colors are perfect and the tiny flicked water spots are just lovely. Thank you for joining the design team for our critter challenge and look forward to seeing you in our gallery again soon!

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    1. Thank you for your kind word Debbie.

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  3. Great card, Jan! I remember those long legged birds too. Never did buy the set, however. Love your sponging and that flick to remove some color. Well done with the challenge. Love having you as our guest designer this week. And always love seeing your creations in our gallery. This has been pinned to help me remember the sweet design....

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    1. Thank you Katy, so pleased you like this little card.

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  4. Hi Jan! How much do I love this card? Let me count the ways! First - the colors - yum! Second the birds - I love the images. Third - the cute bird perched on the sentiment! You have outdone yourself! Thank you for providing such great inspiration for our challenge and for being our guest designer! jane

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    1. Thank you Jane! Your comments are more lovely and more temperate than it really deserves! So glad you are not disappointed.

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  5. OMG Jan, I adore everything about this card. The quirky birds are awesome, but that background is making me swoon!! Love it. So happy to have you with us as Guest Designer this time, hope to see you in the gallery again soon. Cx

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  6. The water colouring is just perfection, love the simple fresh look you have created.
    Ali

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  7. What a great way to make a simple but so elegant card. Love the little birds and perching on the sentiment is perfect. Thanks for joining us as GD at RRBC.

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  8. What a terrific CAS card ! Yes, less is more on this card and what you have used has all gone together beautifully.

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  9. This card is so creative and inspiring! I just love all the elements. Thank you so much for joining us!❤️

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  10. I love your beautiful CAS card, I have this cute SU set with the little birds and I haven't used it in a while, your card just inspired me to dig it out and ink it up.
    Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot this week, I hope you keep coming back to play with us at RETRO RUBBER.
    Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

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  11. What a beautiful CAS card! Love the strip of sponged color behind those cute birdies and sentiment!

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