I spent a little while thinking up a design for the challenge and I had a few fits and starts, but I think the final card is one of my favorites. I knew I was going to use a bit of my favorite Mosaic Mood Designer Series Paper and I thought I was going to fussy cut one of the designs from that DSP, too. But that didn't work out so I did something a little different.
I started with a 2-1/2" by 4" piece of Mosaic Mood DSP and adhered it to a 2-3/4" by 4" Garden Green Card Stock mat. Next, I embossed a 4" by 5-1/4" Mint Macaron Card Stock panel with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base and adhered the DSP piece on top.
I initially stamped a sentiment from another stamp set in Crumb Cake Ink onto Crumb Cake Card Stock and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch. I tucked this under the DSP piece and adhered it to the card. But I didn't like it.
So, I pulled out the "Free as a Bird" stamp set. I stamped the bird in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Thick Whisper White Card Stock. On the side, I made a palette of Watercolor Pencil colors by laying down some scribbles. I used Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, and Calypso Coral. I picked up the colors with a Blender Pen to color my chickadee. I like to use the Thick Whisper White for this technique because it stands up to the Blender Pen and will take a little bit of blending without pilling or tearing.
I cut out the bird with a circle Stitched Shape Die and adhered it to a scalloped Daffodil Delight circle that I cut with one of the Layering Circles Dies. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I then stamped a sentiment from the "Free as a Bird" stamp set in Garden Green onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch. I slipped this under the DSP piece and used a bit of the original Crumb Cake tag as a mat. There. Much better, don't you think?
Tomorrow is Thoughtful Thursday and I have a wonderful card for you, so come on back!