As I do every January, I've decided that this year is going to be the year I get all my craft stash super organised. This year though there's a difference- I've actually made a start on it.
In the process of sorting some things out, I came across several part used iris folding strips and a pack of pre-cut sparkle and pearl strips for the technique, that I must have had for at least 15 years. I've not touched them for ages; I think I used one of them for a Christmas card a year or two back and they've not seen daylight since.
So, in the spirit of "Use it or lose it" I decided to have an iris folding session, using this sweet humming bird kit. I wasn't sure what colours to use so I tried doing a google search for "What colour is a humming bird?". I hadn't realised it was something akin to "What colour is a flower?" - I had no idea there were so many and varied colours of humming birds. Even so, I'm still nervous that Darnell may see this and, with her love of hummers, shriek "They're all completely the wrong colours!"
I used the card in the traditional style that was popular when the kits first appeared, leaving the card blank white and adding a simple peel off border and sentiment.
Then I tried using some of that white space - I sponged on some green ink and used a darker green to stamp tropical leaves here and there. The textured card means the images aren't very clearly stamped, making the bird stand out more, especially as I used colours that strongly contrasted with the background.
Now the card is intended to be used in portrait orientation, and indeed the humming bird looks most humming-bird-y used that way, but to my eye the apertures are a little too low down the card and it looks a little unbalanced, so I thought I'd try it in landscape instead.
And since it was the last card in my pack, I threw ink, flowers, leaves and pearls at it - why not?
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