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8/02/2015

Crazy Bird Watercolor with Bleeding Art Tissue

Happy Sunday! It's another sunny hot one around here, but not quite so hot as yesterday, and perhaps not quite so humid. Still pleasant to be in the air conditioning though, and be quiet.

I've been trying to finish up some UFO's. Had seen this Eileen Godwin video using bleeding tissue paper to make a background, and thought How Neat! Ordered some of this art tissue, and finally had a little play. Not too successful with the outcome, so of course have to rewatch the video. This effort is about the 3rd time I tried it. Still not pleased, so used the reverse side to stamp the THoltz Crazy Bird that is all over Blogland. Embossed the black stamping with clear, and used the Zigs on CB(thanks to a blogger who asked me what CB means. sorry 'bout that. I got lazy and was just typing CB instead of spelling out Crazy Bird each time!) The paper seemed too 'coarse' to blend the inks well, and I had trouble with waterlines. It was 140# watercolor paper. Put it aside and did another one with better results (will be a later project). In the course of moving things around on the desk, CB and the leftover turned up again. Hmmm...perhaps if I used some turquoise tissue, and did the bleeding bit again, might that help? Here's the result. I really do hate to let something defeat me, and end up in the trash. I'll have to be selective as to who gets this bird. Not everyone I know will think he's cute!


- Diecut CB with a stitched circle die (probably MFT)...added a little grounding for him. Used Glossy Accents on his tail feathers, google eyes, scrawny legs and beak (sort of wished I'd left it off the beak).

- Embossed the salvaged bleeding art background with an EF that has bird motifs on it. Added some double stick tape to the circle area, and inlaid CB back into it.

- White snippets (3 layers) for the Momenta die sentiment, adding Glossy Accents.

- Amuse bird in flight die (2 layers) from another small white snippet and called this UFO done. I will have to work on this bleeding art tissue technique. I'm tempted to try it with just some 'regular' tissue paper and see if that works at all. I'd be interested if you've tried the technique and how your experiments worked.

If you have time - do check the Cards by Friends page as there is a beautiful new card, that I had forgotten to add.

We're hoping to attend the Stampaway USA & perhaps get to meet a lovely blogger friend. So I'm working to get some card commitments finished, posts written & scheduled, and of course - the dread housework. If anyone else is planning to go to Stampaway, please do let me know. It would be great to meet face-to-face. (oh yes, for those who worry about my commenting on trips, we have somebody stay & a burglar alarm - along with neighbors who keep an eye on each other! Else I would not say anything on the blog).

Thanks for joining me this afternoon...and hope your weekend has just been terrific. Hugs.

PS..I see that the Snippets Playground Week 188 has opened the gates, so I'll meander over and join in the fun. After seeing all the wonderful cards already shared, I'm a bit hesitant to take Crazy Bird over. Ah, well, all those ladies are sweet and will let me in to play along. There's a lovely stamp set for some lucky person too. C'mon!

44 comments:

pam said...

I think your background is fabulous Mary, as for "Bird Crazy" I adore him. longing to have another play with mine, I got the matching die the other day..

Hugs Pam x

Kathleen said...

This is a fabulous card Mary and yes I have seen these stamps all over blogland and if I thought my Grandsons were still into Angry Birds I would buy them. I applaud you for not giving up.

Kath x

Cathy said...

I love the look of this technique Mary, this bird is too cute too! I've been seeing them in lots of places too but am yet to buy them, Cathy x

Pat said...

I love this Mary and I think the colourful background is just right and the colours have mingled beautifully. I love Crazy Bird too as he is great fun. The white bird and sentiment finish it wonderfully. x

rachel said...

this looks fabulous to me Mary - its a technique I keep meaning to try so thanks for the link - maybe I'll give it a go!! Hugs rachel x

Eve Maynard said...

Hi Mary
I really can't understand why you hesitated to bring your wonderful card to the playground - I love it!
Your crazy bird is very cute and you have co-ordinated the colours perfectly with that stunning background.
I do know what you mean by the wonderful cards already entered (yours included) just imagine having to choose a favourite - I know!! think of me!!!
xx

Kathyk said...

Well I LOVED it and I LOVE those crazy birds too .... just waiting on delivery of the accessories stamp set!

Kathyk

Carol said...

I love this Mary...that crazy bird is too cute and the colours are gorgeous. A great design and such a fun make. Carol x

Sharon said...

The not so pretty are sometimes very cute Mary as is this bird. Love the background you have created with the tissue and the design is fabulous.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, so cute! That birdie is adorable!! Those stamps are on my wish list...I need them after seeing this!! I love how you colored him!! The background is amazing!! What fabulous colors!! Gorgeous project, Mary!! Have a great time at Stampaway USA :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Susanne Vargas said...

Those birds are too hilarious! I must be the only one in blogland who doesn't have them (yet)! Love how you colored him and the bleeding tissue paper background looks great! A long time ago I made some tissue paper backgrounds. Should look where they are and do something about it...

Loll said...

LOVE this card Mary. I have the set of crazy birds, but haven't used them yet ... they are so funny!! And love your background.

I was lucky enough to receive some samples of bleeding art tissues from Kathy K ...just couldn't get them here in Canada. I wanted to give this a try after seeing Eileen Godwin's video tutorial. I have given them several tries, but have not had success. So you are not alone. I ended up with all of my tries in the garbage, which is a real shame. I may try again, but honestly, I'd rather stick the the tons of other background techniques that work for me ... a lot less frustrating. xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is so gorgeous Mary,
Kevin xx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

What a fabulous background Mary, so bright, so vibrant! It goes fabulously with the fantastic colouring you have done on that crazy bird! Have a great week my friend! Hazel xx

Veerle said...

To me these crazy birds are super funny Mary, i just love them and i would love having them. But there is still so much basic supplies i need to buy. As i am only making cards since august 2013 i am still trying to get all the basics like inks and so. But i think these birds are brilliant. What is also brilliant is your background, i so love it. I think you did a great job, love it Mary. Well done.
BTW we had a great family gathering, there will be another one on the 30th of august because after that all the family is returning home to the countries they live.
Big hug to you, Veerle x

Sarah said...

Wow Mary, I LOVE crazy bird and his beautiful background (my summer clothing colours!!) and the white die cuts are perfect companions. Have a good week xx

Kathyk said...

Mary, thanks for stopping by my blog and for leaving me a lovely comment ... re: snorkers .. they're sausage (link sausage) sandwiches!

Kathyk

Sue said...

Mary, That's a cute image and a lovely card.

Have fun at Stampaway USA.

Have a good week. Sue

Asha said...

WOW, Mary! I love your background! This is a fab card...and that bird is just too adorable to be crazy!
xxx Asha

crafty-stamper said...

I love these crazy bird images but quite a lot of people her consider bird images and pics inside unlucky so wouldn't get much use out of them!I love the background so off to check out the technique
carol x

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous green, blue and white background and these are my fav stamps...sure love this one with these awesome colours...xx
{aNNie The Journey Is The Start My Personal Blog}

Marilyn said...

Love your background!, As far as Crazy Bird-I have not seen it. I think he is adorable!,

Bonnie said...

CB looks perfect to me, Mary! And I LOVE that background. I'll have to look into that technique. Such pretty colors and texture!

Kathy said...

Love your Crazy Bird card! That stamp set is just too cute. Thanks for sharing the link to the bleeding tissue tutorial and will have to watch the video. Looks like it could be fun. ta ta for now, Kathy

Kathy said...

Love your Crazy Bird card! That stamp set is just too cute. Thanks for sharing the link to the bleeding tissue tutorial and will have to watch the video. Looks like it could be fun. ta ta for now, Kathy

SARN said...

A wonderful crazy bird card using the uber-talented Eileen's video for the B.A.T. technique. I am hoping to be lucky enough to see Eileen on Saturday for a super workshop . . . if my route is clear and not blocked by miles of stacked up lorries! (Don't ask!).

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carol L said...

Ohhhhhhh, you got the crazy birds stamps! Lucky you!! I love how you colored this feathered fun friend, and the background is gorgeous too! Beautiful creation and have a great time at the Stampaway too!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous design, love the background it goes great with the bird from bird crazy. Those cute birds sure are popular ! Take care, Shirleyxx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Mary! I'm sorry your masterpiece did not ultimately please you, but it really is fantastic! I love the fact that you dry embossed the background after the inks dried. GREAT IDEA! And the way the inks have blended looks so pretty and artsy. The colors truly are beautiful. It's a lovely design and a beautiful card! xo

Donna said...

You always find some really fun techniques. Had a look at the video and I will have to try that out. I think your background is fabulous. Wish I had seen this earlier and I would have tried it on my one layer card. Have a wonderful week!

Faith A said...

I LOVE that bird and the background, it really is a super card. Great colours on it and his face is so cheeky.
Just going to catch up.

Jacee said...

Great Mary, that's a seriously cute birdie!!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

cotnob said...

Such a brilliant card, a fabulous design.
Pauline
x

Pia S said...

Really? Is there anybody out there who won't fall for this cutie, I mean look at that expression! He's one of my personal favorites, that's for sure. Love reading about all your techniques, it's like you're doing most of the research for me:) Mary loves it, I should probably invest in this too:)

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, I adore CB and your background is fabulous, brilliant colours too, hugs Kate x

Maxine D said...

Mary, don't be so hard on yourself - this is a fabulous and fun card - love it!!
Blessings
Maxine

Brenda said...

I am loving your background Momma Mary! I think it looks really cool and I love the embossing too. As for CB, well I just think he is adorable! How can he not be? I love the way you have colored him too. Hugs, Brenda

Donna said...

Fabulous background, and your bird matches perfectly. Saw your article in stamp and scrap magazine, great article!

Donna said...

Mary, I thought it was you, the magazine was at a friends house so I can't double check, was on the bokeh technique.

Petra Swart said...

Your little CB is just soooo very cute, Mary!!! Love the great bg you've got there!!! Beautiful colours and a lovely card!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Inkyfingers said...

I'm so glad you persisted with this one Mary because you ended up with a fabulous card. All the design elements are great and the CB is adorable!

Stampsnob. said...

This I like a lot...Lis

Kim Heggins said...

Oh....you are using that sweet and adorable bird! I am be resisting the temptation to buy this little critter but after seeing your fabulous card I am weakening........

Sandy said...

Wow! I love this Mary!!! Beautifully created and made and the little bird is perfect with this background!!
Sandy xx