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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 11 May 2015

Feathery Birthday

This card was made for my niece and I know she will like the colour combo, although it's not my favourite. I have used the Hot Off The Press stamps, stencil and die that came free with two magazines last year. I started by cutting and folding an A4 sheet of white card to make a 15cm square base card. I then cut cut some red card to make a mat slightly smaller than the card front, and stuck it in place. I used a snippet of smooth white card left from another project and placed the feather stencil where I wanted it and applied some black Memento ink from an old ink pad ( because I didn't want to make it too dark ). I then stamped over it with the detail stamp and Versafine Satin red ink.  I stamped it again onto copy paper and cut it out to make  a mask to cover the feather while I stamped the random dots with a Denami designs stamp and the Memento ( new pad this time ) and Versafine inks. Next I stamped the detail stamp again with Versamark ink onto a snippet of black card and embossed it with WOW white EP, and used the matching die to cut it out. I then stamped the solid feather with the red Versafine ink onto a snippet of white card and over stamped it with the detail stamp and black ink, and then die cut it. I stuck the black feather with DS tape slightly overlapping the stencilled one, and then fixed the red one with thin foam pads for a little extra dimension. I matted this onto black card leaving a very narrow border, and then wrapped red ribbon around it at the base of the feathers. I used a separate piece of ribbon to tie the knot in front, and stuck this whole panel onto the red fronted card. To finish I stamped the greeting with a Hobby Art stamp and some tiny black gems. I apologize for the poor angle of the photo and the way it makes the birthday word look so askew. I admit that when I saw it on the screen I went and checked it out IRL and it is in fact going slightly uphill, but I don't honestly think it is as obvious  as it looks here.
As I have used a few snippets I am going to take it over to Pixies Snippets Playground where there are some Sheena Douglas stamps on offer as a prize. There is still time to enter, and all you need to do is use a snippet or two in your creation to join in.
I am also entering at, Moving Along With The Times - Birds and Feathers.
                                  Stamps and Stencils - Three of a Kind I've used three feathers.
Thank you all for visiting here today and for your comments, I really appreciate them all.


  1. I love your cleverly stamped and die cut feathers Jean and the red, black and white colour scheme works beautifully and what a great idea to place the sentiment either side of that pretty red ribbon. x

  2. The feathers are awesome the way you stamped them! I'm loving the colors and little splatters all about too! It looks like this took quite some time to create and it's well worth it too! Great design!

  3. A beautiful stylish card Jean. The feathers look lovely in that colour combination.
    Yvonne xx
    p.s. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this time.

  4. Wow Jean, what a stunning card! I love that you explain so well how you did each step. A beautiful result!


    Di xx

  5. I have the same feathers but haven't done anything with them yet Jean. Love the card you've made here . . . you know me . . . I like a few splatters and they go well with the feathers.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. This is so stylish, Jean. I love this trendy card.

  7. Beautiful card, Jean. Love your layers of feathers and color combo!

  8. So beautiful its a stunning design gorgeous card love and hugs Carole x

  9. Ah this is super, what a stunning card, Thanks for sharing with us on MAWTT this week, Hazel (Didos) x

  10. Oh Wow! this is really beautiful Jean… love how you've created this beautiful design… the embossing and detailing is gorgeous… so elegant and pretty… and the ribbon finishes it off perfectly!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week!
    Big hugs
    Sue B xx

  11. Stunning card Jean, I love your design, elegant and classy, love it!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  12. What a stunning card you have produced. I loved reading how you put it all together. Hugs Mrs A.

  13. Hi Jean,
    what a very super creation.
    Love those stamped feathers.
    Wonderful design as always.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  14. Jean, I LOVE this look. The feathers are so airy & love the way you've done them in the colorways. The red, white & black are so dramatic & bold, and the scattered dots made a wonderfully textured background to enhance the feathers. I think it is magnificently done, with the design and your color choices and mats. Well done, Miss J. TFS & Hugs

  15. That´s a lot of stamping and die-cutting, but you are right; Jo will love the colour combo.That´s one of the nicest feather sets I´ve seen. Kate x

  16. A beautiful card Jean, the splatter background is brilliant.
    I love how you hve used black matting, it gives your design
    a pop.


  17. Jean, I love the color combination on your beautiful feather card. Love how you used the ink spatters, ribbon and brads. You've done a marvelous job of describing how the card was made.

  18. Gorgeous card Jean, love the spattered background, and the details on the feathers, beautifully stamped, Cathy x

  19. Really lovely card Jean with those gorgeous feathers and the colour combination you used. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Juliax