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Bluebirds of Happiness

Bluebirds might be my absolute favorite of the backyard birds you see in New Jersey (possibly tied with hummingbirds) and so despite the fact that they are two of the smallest of the eighteen (18!) stamps in LDRS' Country House Stamp Set, they were one of the first things I noticed; and I knew I wanted to feature them prominently in my card.
I stamped all of the images I used in clear VersaMark and embossed with Ranger's Black Embossing Powder. I stamped the tree and shutters once, the leafy canopy five times and the two little bluebirds three times each. LDRS has an excellent coordinating Country House Die Set, but this time I chose to fussy-cut so that I wouldn't have a border around the images.
I find larger images challenging to color really smoothly with markers, so although I used my Karin Mega Box on the bluebirds, windows and shutters; I used Distress Oxide Ink Pads and a combination of Sponge Daubers and Domed Ink Blending Foams to do the tree (Ground Espresso and Vintage Photo; with Rustic Wilderness and Pine Needles foliage) and the grass; btw, the latter is just two tufts of leafy canopy, stamped next to each other and colored with Shabby Shutters Oxide Ink. My blue sky background is, oddly enough, a piece of cardstock on which I cleaned my brayer the last time I gel printed with my Dina Wakley and Dylusions Paints; it was such a beautifully uneven mixture of every shade of blue I own, I just couldn't toss it into the recycling bin! To finish my happy little scene, I diecut the largest frame in Penny Black's Stitches of Love Nested Die Set four times from kraft cardstock and stacked them all together to make a nice solid frame.
I love that since the rest of the scene is mostly greens and browns, the bluebirds really pop. Now I just wish I could count on seeing so many bluebirds in my yard!
loves to watch the birds (and chipmunks!) 
who hang out at her backyard feeder.

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