Sunday, October 08, 2017

Holiday Owls


This is Anja again. I'm slowly starting to make my Christmas cards. Today I was inspired by a beautiful card from Nichole Spohr. I much prefer dies over stamps so I decided to do winter scene with cute little owls, which can be made with one of the new Christmas dies.

I used:
- Cottage Cutz die Holiday Owls,
- Distress Oxides (Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Lucky Clover, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap),
- Brusho paints (black, ultramarine, purple, turquoise),
- white texture paste,
- white pigment ink pad,
- black pen,
- white card base (11x15 cm),
- watercolor paper (10,5x14,5 cm),
- white card stock for die cuts,
- roughly ground salt,
- snowflake stencil,
- heat gun,
- double sided adhesive tape,
- paper glue.

 As always I die cut all the parts and colored them first. I used Distress Oxides. I used thin black pen to color the eyes of the owls.

Then I made quite a mess when I was working on my background. I sprayed water all over my watercolor paper. Then I put different Brusho powders on top and some more water. I let it mixed a bit and then I also used a brush to cover the whole paper. 

When I was satisfied with the color I sprinkled quite a bit of roughly grounded salt on top of it and dried the whole thing with a heat gun.

As a result I got an interesting pattern.

 Then I used a stencil and a texture paste and put some snow on top of my night sky.

I dried it with a heat gun. This texture paste dries nicely when I use the gun.

I put some white pigment ink around the edges.

And then I just glued the background on the card base, using double sided adhesive tape. I glued the owls on top of it and my card is done!

Have a fun filled Sunday and see you again soon. 

Anja Z. 

Cottage Cutz product I used:


Janja said...

I love these colorful owls and the background is so beautiful. Well done!

Pam MacKay said...

Very cool background for you little owls! Wonderful card!

Lois said...

You've created a very cool background on this, Anja! My salted background never turns out that well. I think I use the wrong salt. Your owls look adorable sitting on that branch waiting for their stockings to be filled.

Jeanne said...

Great card Anja! I love the background. I've never used salt before but will have to try that. And the owls look terrific as well.

SugarShine Designs said...

Wow Anja! Your background work is really incredible and totally sets off those cute little owls who are patiently waiting for their Christmas treats! Adorable! -Janet

Mary Marsh said...

This is a fabulous background Anja- you do such creative work with the Brushos- love the new owl dies

Joanne said...

Wow Anja your card is incredible! I love those owls and what an awesome background. Beautiful work!