Saturday, 15 March 2014

Matrix Feather.

Hello There!
Happy Saturday!

Thought I'd just show you a neat birthday card, using our Claritycard and a resist technique.

You need:

Stamp the Matrix Feather randomly over the Claritycard using Versamark. Be sure to remove the blue indexing ink from the stamp before you dive into the Versamark; else it will get mightily blue...



I have used Distress inks for a change, but you can just as easily use Willow, Cloudy Blue and Latte Adirondacks with your Speedball brayer to achieve a similar result.


Spread some Peeled Paint ink on your blending mat with the brayer; then transfer the ink to the card.
You will see the feathers come up white.


Now stamp the feather randomly over the top 
using Weathered Wood,
and the fabby sentiment in Black.
Black Adirondack, Black Soot Distress - You pick.



If you take a close look, you can see what I mean.
If you like, you can add a touch of Weathered Wood to the background with the Brayer, too.


I love this colour combination!


Now for the edges. This is where the Blending Mat comes in useful.
Work a little Weathered Wood Distress ink or Slate Adirondack ink into your blending mat with a blending tool.
Lay your artwork on the mat, and gently sweep the ink into the edges using a light circular movement.


Adds depth.



Attach a white feather to a strip of torn tracing paper and fold round the artwork at either end.


That's the easy bit! Took ages to coax the dove off the perch, so that I could pluck a feather!


The background piece is done exactly the same, 
but using much more faded ink and Clarity Paper. The paper is brilliant for backgrounds like this, because it has the same coating as the card, but is much thinner.


So if it's your birthday today, 
please accept this little greeting from me. 
DEE PARAMOUR!! I know you are out there! xxx
Have a great day x

much love

57 comments:

  1. Stunning card Barbara. Love it. Xxx

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  2. Good morning, Happy Birthday Dee,
    I didn't think I wanted the feather stamp and now it is on my list. Very lovely card. Enjoy you

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  3. I adore this card Barbara and I must get that feather!! Happy Birthday Dee! Xxx

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  4. I love my feather stamp for backgrounds. Gorgeous card. Have to go as driving to see you & my Clarity friends in Harrogate today. See you soon. Jeanette xx

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  5. Well gee thanks Barbara. And there was me keeping a low profile lol!

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  6. Stunning card Barbara....have a nice weekend ..x

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  7. What a stunning background, so subtle & delicate

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  8. Morning Barbara,
    Have this stamp and love it , makes such lovely backgrounds .
    Have a good time in Harrogate xxRuth
    Happy birthday Dee and any others celebrating!

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  9. Ooooo very pretty, I do love the resist technique, hmmmmmmm just wondering if the budget will stretch to include the feather stamp and extra inks at Harrogate tomorrow lol. Happy Birthday Dee and everyone one else celebrating xx

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  10. Beautiful card such a gentle feel. Happy Birthday to Dee x

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  11. What a lovely effect, must try this one , Happy birthday to Dee xx

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  12. Lovely Card, lovely Background. Happy Birthday to you Dee! LOve

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  13. Beautiful, will be giving this a go................... Now into the garden to find a bird to coax with seed so I can grab (I mean gently pluck) a feather! Xx

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  14. Love the card Barbara the feather stamp is brill thank you for the step by step love always June xxxx

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  15. Love this beautiful card! Barbara have a great time in Harrogate and Happy Birthday Dee. And if its your birthday too, have a great day. Joan x

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  16. This is a beautiful card and those colours look amazing together.
    Happy birthday Dee
    Barbara I hope you have a brilliant day at Harrogate
    Jackie x

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  17. Hi Barb, gorgeous card and great step by step, I love my feather stamp. Happy birthday Dee, hope you have a great day. Bx

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  18. How lovely is this card happy birthday to all, so nice when its a Saturday to have your birthday on if you work in the week. Enjoy Harrogate

    Mx

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  19. Beautiful card, love the colour combination. Happy Birthday Dee. Hope you have a great day at Harrogate. xx

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  20. I have always loved the feather stamp think was one of my first clarity stamp will get it out and have a go at this effectv. Happy birthday Dee have a great day at Harrogate xxx

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  21. wonderful card - I just love this xx

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  22. It's beautiful Barbara. Love that colour combo too. White feathered birds watch out!
    Beryl xx

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  23. Love the card. Like how you used the feather on tracing paper. Happy Birthday Dee. Valerie

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  24. Hi Barb,
    Thank you for using one of my all time favourite set of stamps! I have used them loads. Love the way you have done this and the colours are very subtle. Now all I need to do is go and catch the dove that's in my bird bath and snatch a feather or two!!! Happy birthday to Dee and enjoy the weekend everyone. Love Alison xxx

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  25. Great card havent got this stamp but will be sending for it.Happy Birthday Dee and any one else thats celebrating today.Have a good show. From Christine.

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  26. Great card havent got this stamp but will be sending for it.Happy Birthday Dee and any one else thats celebrating today.Have a good show. From Christine.

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  27. Happy Birthday, Dee. I think my brain has finally given way today. I just spent ages trying to work our how you had done that feather to make it look real, then realised that you had explained it in the next bit. Dohhh! I love that matrix feather, it is just so versatile. Have a good show this weekend. xx Maggie

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  28. Beautiful card as always Barbara! Happy birthday to Dee and anyone who has a birthday today! There seems to have been an abundance of them this week!
    Have a great show at the GNPE at Harrogate this weekend. Love and hugs Xxx@-}--

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  29. Oh Barbara, every time I think I have seen everything you come up with something different. I have visions of you chasing the Dove round the garden to obtain the feather, but I also know that know wild life will have been hurt in the making of this card. Just about to start playing with some of my new Clarity goodies as I would like to do a new home card for one of the Trefoil Guild members who has recently moved house and we have a meeting this afternoon so better get a move on and put the Computer away.

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  30. Morning Barbara,
    Great technique I have never tried it before but will be trying it this afternoon.
    Thanks
    Lorna D

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  31. Love the birthday card, love the feather looks good. Happy birthday to Dee

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  32. Just love this one. Great techniques as always.....another one to try x Love the stamp and the sentiment too xx

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  33. Oh boy, am I going to be busy in the Easter break trying out all these fabulous techniques. Yet another stunning card, thank you Barbara x

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  34. Hi Barbara, a beautiful card. Love the colours.

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  35. Absolutely love this card ... so gentle and subtle.. can imagine using the background wit other sentiments and it would be suitable for many occasions. Think I might use it as my Easter cards this year :) xx

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  36. Stunning card love the colours one feather less dove xxx

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  37. Hi Barbara. love this card. The beautiful feather stamp, subtle colours and resist technique are gorgeous. Did have a vision of a near naked dove shivering on it's perch though : ) Happy Birthday Dee, and anyone else celebrating their birthday today. Take care.

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  38. Stunning and Happy Birthday Dee.

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  39. How lovely with such soft and understated colours but a real statement card Barbara and I adore that feather and sentiment. Happy Birthday to Dee and anyone whose birthday is today. x

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  40. Wonderful card - I use these stamps a lot for cards, but have never used this resist technique! I can see a little playtime coming this afternoon, whilst my other half watches the rugby... Thanks, Susan x

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  41. Beautiful card Barbara, Love the colours you have used and I hope that Dove has forgiven you for taking one of its feathers lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  42. Full of cold and feeling pretty rubbish today but a trip to Barbara's Blog never fails to lift my spirits and this one is no exception !! So subtle and the white feather just adds that extra touch of class. My daily blog fix is better than any medicine I can think of that's for sure ! Thanks Barbara xx

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  43. Gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing it, and Happy birthday to you Dee. xx

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  44. Gorgeous card and fab techniques! xx

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  45. A beautiful card using a lovely stamp. Happy Birthday Dee!! x

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  46. Very elegant card. Lovely colours. The dove sacrificed a feather for a worthwhile cause. Happy Birthday Dee Hugs Lynne xx

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  47. I love the feather stamp its good for any occasion.Always enjoy your blog Barbara.

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  48. Gorgeous stamping and the colour scheme is fabulous! Will pop over to Dee's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday. Have a good weekend x

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  49. Fabulous! Beautiful colours & gorgeous design. I have the matrix feather and often use it for male cards but this looks really pretty and feminine. Pat x

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  50. I've been cooing all afternoon and not a single feather! Xx ;)

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  51. This is a fabulous technique, thanks for sharing x

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  52. What a really lovely card and a fab technique.

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  53. I haven't seen this stamp before but it is lovely. Must try the technique though, thanks for the inspiration. Happy birthday Dee and anyone else who shares this date. X

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  54. I think this might have been one of the first demos I watched you do Barbara, loved it then, love it still!Happy birthday Dee!Wx

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  55. love this and even more as you are using my beloved distress inks which means i don't have to keep translating in my head hugs xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x