Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bird Crazy Halloween and Derwent Academy Markers

This project is a collaboration between Xyron and Derwent Academy. Derwent Academy sent the Xyron Design Team fine tipped Water-Soluble Markers, Twin-Tip Markers, and a pad of Heavyweight Marker Paper. My first thought was that these markers would work great in a planner, but I don't do much with planners (mostly only when traveling). I decided to use them to color a Halloween scene using the silly birds from Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. They are so wacky! I usually like to color them in bright colors - these markers fit the bill.

A touch of Glossy Accents and some Glitter Gloss Nuvo Aqua Shimmer really make the image pop - unfortunately they don't photograph well so you'll have to trust me on this. I kept the background simple and light so the focus would be on the foreground action. The eyes say it all. I can just imaging the green bird thinking "maybe if I hold really still it will go away."

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Making the Card

1. Cut purple cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut black cardstock 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches.

2. Cut marker paper to 5x7 inches to give some wiggle room for stamping - just be sure the stamping stays within 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (you may want to lightly mark guides with pencil); it will be trimmed down to this later. If you are confident, you could cut it to this size now. In Jet Black StazOn ink, stamp the two birds (Bird Crazy), spider (Mini Halloween 4), broom, hat, and pumpkin (Crazy Things) on Post-it Tape. Trim around each with detail scissors. Note: you don't have to trim around solid black bits that stick out, such as the birds' legs - just trim them away.

3. In Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink, use a Stamp Platform to arrange then stamp the broom, pumpkin, and hat on marker paper (it helps to temporarily place birds as well, adjusting as necessary). Carefully blot with a clean scrap paper, then heat set with heat tool. If it is not completely dry, it will smear when coloring or ink blending. Mask pumpkin and hat (not broom). Next stamp birds then spider where shown. Remove masks for now.

4. Color image with Fine-Tipped Water-Soluble Markers and Twin-Tip  Markers. For blending between with a lighter and darker color, scribble the darker color on a craft sheet or acrylic block then pick up the ink with the lighter marker and color (I highly recommend practicing on scrap paper first - I stamped a bird on a scrap piece of marker paper to color before trying it on the final version). Scribble off markers to get rid of any left-over color before putting away. Do not go over an area while wet or it may pull up the paper surface. Let it dry completely before adding any layers of color. Once done, trim to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.

5. Add masks to all items. Add a strip of Post-it Tape across the bottom to make a line between the ground and background. Use a blending tool and foam with Milled Lavender Distress Ink to blend the background behind the birds, starting from the masks in and outward motion each time (prevents them from peeling up), covering most of the top half (you don't have to do the edges since they will be covered with other inks). Remove only the strip of masking and add a clean strip barely above the line created. Blend bottom with Dried Marigold. Remove strip masking. Starting from off the edges (recommend doing this on a craft sheet), blend Wilted Violet Distress Ink in a circular motion around edges as in photo (use less ink at bottom). Next blend with Dusty Concord just on the very edges. Remove all masks. Stamp Happy Halloween (Mini Halloween 4) where shown using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink. Blot and heat set.

6. Run black cardstock (step 1) and image through Xyron 9" Creative Station with permanent adhesive. Rub around all edges. Turn over then carefully peel the backing away from the black cardstock (this prevents the cardstock from curling). Adhere to card base. Do the same with the image.

7. Note: these don't show up well in the photos but they look great in person! Add Glitter Gloss Nuvo Aqua Shimmer to hat and pumpkin. Add Glossy Accents to hat buckle, spider's body, and birds' eyes. Let dry.

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