Step by Step Tuesday: Lovebirds

Good day, my crafty friends! Welcome back to another Technique Tuesday. Today I’m going to take you on a journey on how to create this Lovebird card.
Products Used:
Simon Says Cling Stamp Center Cut Heart Background Stamp
Whimsy Stamps Love Birds cling stamp
Prismacolor Premier Colored pencils
Neenah 110lb Classic Crest White cardstock
Versamark embossing ink
Nuvo Embossing Powder in Cool Jade
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Misti Stamping Tool
Anti-Static powder tool
Hero Arts Wagner Heat tool

1) Take your rubber background stamp and pop out the center heart
2) Ink your stamp up with your preference of black ink
3) Using the Misti stamping tool after removing the padding, line up a piece of white paper cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ with the center of the stamp.
4) Close the Misti to stamp onto the white paper. Remove the piece and clean your stam thoroughly but do not remove it.
5) Place your card blank in the same place that the paper was just in.
6) Dust with your anti-static powder tool.
7) Ink up your stamp with VersaMark embossing ink.
8) Close the lid and bring the stamp down on the card. Do twice.
9) Cover the card with the Nuvo Cool Jade embossing powder, tap excess off into container or coffee filter. Flick the back with your fingers to knock off anything that is still there that shouldn’t be.
10) Take your heat gun, I’m partial to the Wagner one I purchased from Hero Arts, and carefully go over your paper melting the powder until it is glossy and shiny. I let the gun warm up for a few seconds before taking it to the paper.
11) Okay, now back to that first piece we stamped, cut down from the top until you hit the heart and then cut the heart out. When finished, tape the two sides back together.
12) Lay this over the top of your card, making sure it lines up, and then tape it down to the Misti. Take the Whimsy Stamps Love Birds stamp and line it up in the heart. Close the lid to attach the stamp to the door when you are satisfied with the placement.
13) Ink the birds up with the Hero Arts Intense Black dye ink but any black dye ink would work. Close the door onto the card and press down. If you are not happy with how dark it is, you can re-stamp it to get the intensity you want.
14) If there are little spaces that are being missed you can fill them in with a black pen.

Next comes the tedious, but totally rewarding, part. I used every single blue I had in my Prismacolor case.
1) Pick the colors that you want to use to color in the background stamp. I decided to use every single Prismacolor pencil that was blue. No particular reason, I just liked it but feel free to use any colors you like!
2) Start choosing where you want the colors to go. Most of the time I was making that up as I went. In this section I didn’t use any blender or Gamsol.
3),Blue and Blue Green Prismacolor colors used (numbers): 902,1027,903,1101,1022,1100,1025,103,904,208,1102,933,903,1024,1103,1079,919,1087,901,906,133,1040,992,105,1006,905.

As you can see, I kept a note of every pencil color I used for just this occasion. Now for the birds and the inside heart. For the heart I used purples and for the birds I used mainly brown but I gave the female a red center. In this area I used Gamsol to get a gradient going with shadows and highlights.
1) Starting with the heart I used Prismacolor pencils 932, 1008, 956. I kept the shadows towards the birds and blended it out to the edges of the heart.
2) Birds: Prismacolor 946, 947, 1082.
3) Red: 924
4) Beaks: 917 and 1034
5) I did the red portion of the left bird before I did the brown that way it would blend easier.

This card became an anniversary card. It did take a lot of time so it’s definitely something you want to try when you need a card in a hurry. Even though it took most of the day, it was totally worth it. It was a ton of fun to make and if you make something like this, I would love to see it! As always, creativity will set you free. Have a great day! <3

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