Thursday, June 25, 2015

baby birds and tissue paper...

Hello my wonderful friends!


It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of a hummingbird nest in my yard.. I thought I would share another picture today...


This cute little one begging for food is a day old, and it's sibling just out of the egg.  How adorable, right?!? Keep in mind, these little guys are TINY.. When all curled up they are about the size of a small jellybean!!!

I was able to capture the image using my phone and a little magnetic macro lens (which makes close up like this possible!).  It may not be the most amazing quality since it's a phone camera, but I really didn't want to disturb the babies (or mamma) with big camera equipment.

Ok... back to business... LOL!

Check out this new stamp, isn't it amazing???
I love the detail and vintage feel... Don't be intimidated by it as far as coloring... I just used few colors of Distress ink with a water brush... nothing complex. 

I love using this background for SUPER quick and easy texture... It's tissue paper... you know, that stuff that you stuff in gift bags to make them all nice and fancy? Yup, tissue paper and a glue stick. So basic yet so effective! And that flower... it's from an old SMAK kit Wildflowers and Wings. I LOVE this kit! 

Ready for some texture?

Step 1: Cut a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than your card stock.

Step 2: Crumple the tissue paper.

Step 3: Open the tissue paper, but leave it a wrinkled mess. 

Step 4: COMPLETELY cover the front of your card stock with glue... regular cheap school glue stick works PERFECTLY because it isn't too wet and dries quickly. (I like to stock up with those big packs of glue sticks you can get for super cheap with back to school supplies)

Step 5: Press the wrinkled tissue paper onto the card stock... Press down firmly over entire piece to ensure the tissue is completely adhered, but don't try to iron out the wrinkles... that's what gives you the texture.

Step 6: Flip it over and trim off the corners of the tissue paper. (this is optional, but makes much nicer corners)

Step 6: Still working on the back, run a line of glue around the edge of your card stock. Fold over the edges. this gives you a nice finished look.

At this point you can design as desired.

for my card...

Step 1: Mask most of the card, leaving only a strip exposed. (I'm using acetate with a little temporary adhesive on the back... I like using acetate because I can see through it and it won't warp with moisture.)

Step 2: Apply a couple thin layers of Gesso to exposed strip

Step 3: Stamp image. When stamping on a textured surface, I like to use the stamp unmounted... this allows me to press the stamp into the texture with my fingers instead of a solid block stamping over just the raised areas... if that make sense.

Step 4: Any areas that didn't quite get stamped can be quickly fixed with a black marker. I love this super fine tip Sharpie!

Step 5: Add color... I used Distress Markers, but you could use whatever you want. 

Step 6: Finish card as desired. :)

ok... that's it for me. Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy the hop, get crafty, and shop the AMAZING Unity sale HERE!

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Enjoy!






33 comments:

Denise Key said...

Stunning cards!! Love the tissue paper technique! Thanks for sharing! 😊

danajohnson1218 said...

Love your texture tip and your cards are amazing! That picture of the baby birds is adorable!!

Jammie said...

love this technique~ i'm going to employ it very soon! Thanks for the ink-spiration!

Ruby said...

Great technique Thanks for sharing this tip. Love the cards.

Shelly Goerz said...

thank you for that tissue paper technique. Love the card and the different textures.

Graciellie Design said...

Oh Kassi, I love how you used the floral collage on your card and the details and distressing on your card. What an awesome design really! Also love the technique you shared... Awesome! Thanks so much! Hugs, Gracie.

janice stone said...

I Love the tissue paper idea . Thanks so much

Lillian Child said...

Thanks so much for the "how to" on that textured surface ... I love it.

Kathy Humphrey said...

Oh thank you for sharing the tiny new hummingbird babies with us!! So preciious! And thanks for the texture tip with tissue. Your cards are very pretty.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Love those tiny little birdies! <3 It's amazing how tiny they really are. And your cards are beautiful. Thanks for the tissue paper technique. I will have to try it. So many techniques, so little time ... lol

Jane Bosi said...

Great tutorial.......thanks!

2suns said...

Cool idea. I love the new stamps too. Your baby birds are adorable. Great job with photography.

Jeannette aka Jnett said...

Thanks for sharing the cool technique. Nicely done.

lena95469 said...

Love the tutorial and the cards . So pretty and now I am going to have to try it too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Berina RGA said...

I love the tissue paper technique.. it is called 'Faux Silk' technique.. I recently made 2 cards based on the technique.. do check them out when you have the time :)
http://moxiecraftie.blogspot.com/2015/06/faux-silk.html

Kris B said...

Amazing cards! Love the distressed/vintage look to the image panel on the first! Thanks for the great tissue paper background tutorial, will need to try this one!

Sweet April said...

Amazing cards,love your tissue paper technique.I just got up and took out from the closet some tissue paper...do you know why?Thanks for your inspiration!

Rebecca Wong said...

Love your cards and tutorial. Really inspired me to try on later. Thanks for this great tips.

cal8007 said...

I live texture and this technique made your card not only simple, but simply gorgeous!

cal8007 said...

I live texture and this technique made your card not only simple, but simply gorgeous!

D.Ann C said...

What gorgeous cards! Thx for the texture tutorial!

Katie said...

Wow, you have so many cool things to show us!! Those little babies are amazing, wow!! And I love the torn edges on your first card. And I also love the tissue paper tutorial, I think I can manage that too! Very cool idea for a background and to color on it too, very clever! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Immi said...

I love tissue paper for mixed media; I've never used it on a card before but I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Michelle golz said...

I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! Love the texture from the tissue paper!

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards and thanks for sharing the hummingbird nest.

Scrapper Myra said...

Nice design. As always.

Michelle said...

Tissue paper?!?!!?! FANTASTIC idea! Thanks for the step by step. Cant wait to try it! Your cards are beautiful!!

Janis said...

I knew I was keeping all that pretty tissue for *something*!!! lol... Thank you for the easy tutorial on your lovely technique. I must try this!! Your card turned out so very lovely.
<3 J

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Mary Holshouser said...

Love the shabby look of the first card.
Your photos of the hummingbirds are fantastic. We have lots of them around here and have feeders out but I've never seen a nest or babies.
thanks for sharing.

Bananastamper said...

Beautiful cards! Love the tissue paper background - would you believe I've never tired that?!? Fantastic photo too, thanks for sharing.
Shanna :)

ionabunny said...

Cute flower cards. Love the tissue background. Hugz

Graciellie Design said...

You ladies are SO creative! I enjoyed seeing all the inspiration projects! Love them all! I had never seen a a new born hummingbird... So incredible! Thanks for sharing! Happy weekend, Gracie.