Songbirds in the Wild! / The Westies…Mom’s Little Helpers

Songbirds in the Wild!

I’m calling this card “Songbirds in the Wild” because of the wild background! As mentioned earlier in the week, I tried two different techniques on vellum – an ink blending technique, and on today’s card a rubbing alcohol technique. What do you think?

I used all five of the new 2022-2024 In Colors on this vellum background to highlight these colors, so the result is a very intense looking background. When debating how to design around this background, the only answer was to use the Sweet Songbirds bundle to tame the wild! I rather like all of the bright, cheerful colors.

The vellum background has somewhat of a bokeh effect and was created by using Stampin’ Blend markers (which are alcohol markers) to scribble color onto the vellum surface. Using a small watercolor brush, drops of rubbing alcohol were dripped onto the surface to create the blending and spreading of colors. I’m looking forward to trying this technique out again in more muted colors. I’m thinking you can get some really lovely results!

To learn more about this technique and to view, download or print instructions for this card, click on the icon below.

Have a wonderful day – bee happy!


The Westies…Mom’s Little Helpers

I had a request to share photos of our two Westies – Maezie and Mackenzie. These are for you, Faith!

Maezie is our youngest Westie and quite mischievous! Mackenzie is a little on the shy side. Both are very loveable and rule the household!

Here’s Maezie…look at that face!

And here’s the two of them…Mom’s little helpers! Mackenzie is on the left and Maezie is on the right. What characters!

The products used in today’s card that are available now for purchase are included below. All other products used from the new Annual Catalog will be available for purchase beginning on May 3.

6 thoughts on “Songbirds in the Wild! / The Westies…Mom’s Little Helpers”

  1. OMG, Carol – I LOVE these cards! And darn it, I had decided to skip the birds…but I can’t now. I love how vibrant your card is – and I love painting with alcohol ink! What a great thought to use all of the InColors as they are a perfect balance! And those two little darling Westies…wow…


    1. Thanks so much, Susan! The new In Colors are amazing together and I love the vibrant colors, too! The Westies are a handful…terriers after all…but we love them to pieces! Have a great day!


  2. Hi Carol…..adorable card…..and very adorable Westies!! My brother had two Westies for many years, and they ruled the household for sure. I have a soft spot for Westies.
    I haven’t tried this technique on velum… I want to try it….and for sure I’ll be ordering that sweet bird set very soon!!


    1. Thank you, Faith! Glad you enjoyed the photos of our girls! Yes, they rule our household! 🙂 Happy to hear you’ll be ordering the Sweet Songbirds set…so much fun. You’ll really enjoy playing with this bundle.


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