Walk in the Wild ~ Fine Feathers

In keeping with the masculine card theme this week, I thought I would also share a new technique with all of you.  After all…it is Technique Tuesday! 🙂  This card was inspired by a good friend of mine, Debbie Jorns, who designed a wonderful masculine style card with the hardwood image stamped on a white background.  I thought I would do the same…except I changed up the rest of the design so that I could use the Walk in the Wild stamp set.

To make this card, start with a piece of early espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp the Hardwood image using early espresso ink.  Cut out 2 different size framelits from the label collection…the bigger one in early espresso and the next size smaller in whisper white. Stamp the bird image on the white piece, using early espresso ink, and then lightly sponge some ink on the edges and over the top of the bird. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon and secure it to the lower half of the card…secure the bird image and framelits over the top of the ribbon…add a button and some linen thread to embellish.

Next…let’s talk about the feathers.  The feather images are from the Fine Feathers stamp collection. Wondering how I ended up with the two tone colors on the feathers? Well…its bleached.  So here’s how you do it.  Heat emboss your feather images, using early espresso embossing powder, on a scrap piece of early espresso cardstock.  let them cool. Take a Q-tip and dip it in a little bit of bleach. Rub the bleach over the top of the feathers and let it sit for a few minutes.  The bleach will remove the color from the cardstock but not from your embossing. The more bleach you add the more color you will remove.  Once you have achieved the desired look, cut out the feathers by hand and secure them to your card with dimensionals.  Love the worn look you get with bleach!  What do you think?  Have you used the bleach technique on any projects?

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