25 November 2018

Birds on a Wire - coloured pencil, stencilling

Red birds sitting on a Christmas wire are a perfect sight with the snowfall in the city. I used a Unity Stamps set coloured with Koh-i-Noor pencils and paired with patterned paper, die cuts from Stampin' Up and the subtle look of a stencil with Bo Bunny glitter paste.

Putting It Together

Winter!!!  I love snow. I really do. I don't know if we're going to get any here or not this year. I hope so.

I used a scrap of watercolour paper to stamp and colour the birds on their wire. I used Stickles for the Christmas lights and snow falling around the birds.

I got a Christmas pad from my stash that I recently bought and flipped to the first page and it was perfect. The city behind the birds for an urban look.

I used BoBubby glitter paste and a stencil to start the snow effect. To stencil side to side on my cut panel, I use repositionable adhesive on the back of the paper.  I then use a strip of Purple Tape on the top of the stencil to anchor it and act like a hinge. I can lift the stencil to check how it looks without moving the stencil from its position. I use a silicone brush with the paste for easy smooth coverage.

I did a dry fit with the bird panel trimmed to see if I needed more. The dry the glitter paste is very subtle. To amp up the snow, I decided to use snowflakes I had die cut using a Stampin' Up die with a pearled paper.

I decided to add a bit of Distress ink to the edges of the background panel.

I also added Distress ink to the bird panel to make it look more finished as well.

I popped up the bird panel and added a sentiment on a small strip also popped up.

Inside, I simply added a strip of the background paper scrap edged with Distress ink for a nice detail even on an otherwise empty card.



Unity {show & tell}: Holiday Card
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Let It Snow
Outlawz Saturday ala Mode: Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Baby It's Cold Outside
Outlawz Monday Greetings: Add Red
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty: Anything Goes


  1. That is such a sweet image...and beautifully coloured :) Thank you for sharing with us at Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

  2. Thank you, Rijacki, for joining the Monday Greetings Challenge with this beautiful card! Such great techniques!

  3. Your birds are adorable on the wire, and the city background and snowflakes add a lot to your scene, Rijacki! Thanks for sharing with us at SImon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Maura

  4. What a great card love your colouring with your pencils thanks for joining us here at Penny's challenge Lyn DT x.

  5. Wow this is such a beautiful winter card, Rijacki! Love how you used various media on this card and I definitely am grateful for your kind tutorial which makes me understand your design better and is also a good guide of us. Love your chilly urban scene behind the birds and blue ink blending around the edges. The birds are so darling.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Marge×

  6. Such a gorgeous card! The design is perfect and showcases those little birds beautifully, they look super cute 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! J 😊 x

  7. Fabulous card. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge.


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