Friday, July 13, 2012
Reflected Seagull using Bird Punch
this card by Stampin' with Blythe, I knew I wanted to try to turn the bird into a seagull. On my first attempt, I used the bird directly from the punch without altering it. I decided the seagull needed a bit more of a narrower neck and beak, so I trimmed a bit to give it the look I wanted. Which do you prefer?
Instructions on making reflection bird card:
*Start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
*Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand to give it a sandy look.
*Use a piece of blue 3 by 4. (I used a Baja Blue DSP piece from the Subtles DSP Collection). Tear the top edge and distress. I sponged the top with more Sahara Sand and the edges with Baja Breeze ink to resemble water.
*Adhere the blue piece to the card.
*Punch a bird from Whisper White and a wing from Basic Grey. Save the piece of Whisper White with the bird outline for a template for the reflection.
*Color the beak with So Saffron.
*Add a dot for the eye with a Basic Black Marker. I then very carefully and lightly traced around the black dot with a Sahara Sand maker to make the eye look more realistic.
*Sponge the edges of the bird and wing with Basic Grey. I did not go over the head of the seagull since I wanted it to be left completely white like the seagull I was trying to create (a Great Black-Backed Gull. You could certainly make his head black to make him look like a Laughing Gull. I did a little research! :)
*Next, position the seagull where desired on the card front. Draw two legs using a Basic Grey Marker. Adhere the seagull slightly over top of the drawn legs.
*Using a blender pen, draw two lines with Basic Grey ink for the reflection.
*Using the Whisper White piece that you punched the bird from as a template for the reflection. Layer it over the reflected legs. Sponge lightly with Basic Grey to create the reflection in the water. **Note: When I trimmed the seagull's neck down, I traced the slimmer bird and cut it out so the reflection would match the bird. If you don't mind a fat neck and you skip the trimming part, you can use the punched template.
*Stamp with sentiment. I used "Remember When" from the Word Play stamp set. Perfect for the summers I remember spending at the Jersey Shore!
Posted by Lori Woods