You have all been SO patient with me here - I hope that you have been finding my posts over on the CLASSroom, being I have been hard at work. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming trying to keep up with so many different blogs - LOL! But I really want to keep my own personal "space" and so I will continue to do my best to contribute ideas here as well!
I ADORE the new Lockhart Stamp release. We have added a new category to the sidebar in our store to try and make it easier for you to locate these new images. They are simply SPECTACULAR!
One of the first images I just have to cluck about is this darling Buttermilk Hen. I absolutely love the style in which Karen has drawn this cute little chicken - a touch of folk art together with those charming characteristics that make Karen's images so unique. Thinking that Buttermilk must be some special breed of chicken I asked Karen how she came up with the name. I was quite surprised when she told me about a Buttermilk Sky. Well, needless to say I had to google it and find a photo. As soon as I saw the photo I could envision the feathers on this sweet hen in a much more vivid way.
Today I created a simple little 4 1/4" square design using Crimson cardstock. Rather than sharing step-by-step coloring I will instead focus on a couple of other tidbits. The first is the background that I created using the Barbed Wire Backgrounder. Sometimes we can change the way that a background feels by simply stamping it twice (or three times, or...) I could have easily kept with the horizontal lines of this backgrounder and just stamped it one more time to create a background that was more in scale with the size of this chicken, but instead I decided to turn it and stamp it vertically to create a plaid barbed wire. I love how appropriate it feels with this sweet hen. Next I sponged the edges of the Natural White cardstock using Tea Dye ink.
My next tip is to share with you how I attach buttons to my projects. At times I sew the buttons directly to the ribbon or paper, but when I'm not certain as to the best location I simply stitch thread through my button and finish it off with a small "knot". This can then be adhered to the project using a mini glue dot, making it simple to locate the best position for the button.
Please note the ends of the twill tape. Rather than using Fray Check to keep the ends from pulling apart you can add a more rustic feel to your projects by pulling the threads from the ends of your ribbon or twill and creating a frayed look that is at times more apprpriate.
Inside I need to stamp the sentiment, "just waiting for you" and perhaps put the IB Nest. This card will be the perfect greeting for an expectant mom who may not be in to pastel pinks and blues. It may also make a wonderful themed baby shower! I can hardly wait to see what type of "chicK' message you create with this charming hen.