Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's Spring!

It's time to celebrate the release of the latest issue of E:spire! Woohoo!
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Spring has finally arrived in Southeastern Michigan. I played in the yard today sans jacket or sweater. My tulips are about five inches high and my favorite flower, the peonies, are peeking through the soil. The trees have teeny, tiny little green buds and upon careful scrutiny I saw a robin's nest filled with the most pastel eggs. The blue shells inspired me to put together this project to celebrate Spring.

The Robin's Nest

This is a simple, easy example of a color and cut project. I stamped the image of the nest and robins eggs three times on watercolor paper.

To keep the outline of the image crisp I used a solvent ink, Saddle Brown, by StazOn.

This stamp is by The Artistic Stamper. The name of the stamp is Nest of Hope.

This is a traditional rubber stamp that has a cling mounted backing which allows you to use the stamp on an acrylic block.

Using Tombow watercolor markers I applied layers of color. Notice with the eggs that I left the centers almost white to create an illusion of depth and applied a heavier concentration of color near the outer edges of the eggs. Cut the image of the nests and randomly layer for dimension.
Cut the nest in pieces from all three of your images.

Use different shades of brown to create shading for a more realistic presentation.

Adhere the nest. Insert the robin's eggs into the nest.

Using layers of blue paper, create your card base.

Easy peasy!


  1. What a great project to welome Spring! Just lovely!

  2. Wonderful Spring card, love how you stamped & cut the nest, great job!



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