Featured Designer CAS Mix Up - Song Bird

It's a day full of posts for this girl :)  Check out my April Mixed Media Card challenge post here. And don't forget to check out my Guest Designer post for the Graciellie Designs blog hop here.

So thrilled to be the Featured Designer for the CAS Mix Up this month.  Thank you, Loll and Bonnie!

And here's their challenge for the month...one that's right up my alley - stenciling :)

I started out with some watercolor paper and a spray mist.  Then I added some translucent embossing paste through the reverse side of my ARTplorations Perched Bird stencil. Why the reverse side you ask?  It suited my layout better.   Once I lifted off the stencil, I used a spatula to add texture to the paste.  That gives some high and low areas for stamping which adds more texture. Then it was dried a bit with a heat gun and left to dry for a while longer. Again, you can get even more texture by heating with a heat gun...it will bubble up a bit.

Next, it was stamped with a Stampendous Music Score stamp with Archival Ink.  Another option would be Staz-On if you don't have Archival Ink.  I heat set the Archival Ink, just to be sure.  Then I watercolored with three shades of Distress Inks, blending each into the next color.  And then I wiped most of the excess Distress Ink from the bird with a baby wipe.

A simple stamped sentiment from STAMPlorations Art Marks and my usual smattering of sequins and done!

Check out what Loll and Bonnie have for you this month!

Back soon with more my sweet friends...

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