Bird Song

I am absolutely wild about the new Nesting Bird stamp by Impression-Obsession!  It’s so funky and different from my normal style that I thought it would make for a fun afternoon trying to figure out how to make it work.  I decided to emboss it in white on white watercolor paper and use my Tombow Markers to make the white embossing pop.   (Just so you know, Michelle at Stampers Dream is carrying the full line of Tombows now and she ships them out lickety split!)

Because I cut the image out and wanted to mount it on a dark background, I ended up cutting off much of the detail.  To get the detail, back, I white embossed my dark panel which I cut with Spellbinders Labels Large,  and seated the cut out image on top.    I used design paper from Tiny Dancer, My Mind’s Eye, Bazzill for my main panel and the card base is 140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper.

Card Recipe:
Impression Obessession – Nesting Bird, Hampton Arts – Sentiment
Tiny Dancer, My Mind’s Eye,  Bazzill, 140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx
Accessories:  Spellbinders – Labels Large,
Tombow Markers, All Dressed Up – Chenille Flower, White stamens, White Embossing powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Ribbon, Pearls, Brads

Tombow Colors – 837, 452, 373, 993, 177, 98

Psst . . . I’m pretty excited over here because there are some new things happening at Spellbinders!!  You will definitely want to stop by and see me on Monday, June 22nd when I get to reveal one of the new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants.  I know the silence over here was deafening, but now I’ll get to show you what I was working on.  Don’t miss it!    Say, did someone say there are prizes to be had?  Come back to check it out!

  • DianeJune 19, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    WOW!!!!!! That’s stunning.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • adelineJune 19, 2009 - 4:37 pm

    Pink is my favorit color, I LOVE this card!! Embossing in white is something I have never try, but I’ll do soon! I can’t wait to read you on monday! Thanks again for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJune 19, 2009 - 4:49 pm

    The white embossing makes the colors just pop. Beautiful card Becca. I’m waiting patiently for what you have going on for Monday. Sounds exciting!!!ReplyCancel

  • SharonJune 19, 2009 - 6:37 pm

    WOW!!!!! What an amazing card you’ve made with that beautiful stamp!ReplyCancel

  • Denise (peanutbee)June 19, 2009 - 7:06 pm

    LOVE how you did the sentiment in three separate tags. Pretty colors too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle RJune 19, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    I love, love, LOVE what you did with the Nesting Bird. First of all, I adore that stamp, and your embossing in white and coloring is awesome!!! Your sentiment on the tags is sheer genius! You rocked this stamp, gf!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackJune 19, 2009 - 7:23 pm

    This is so cool! Love the saying.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideJune 19, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    very nice i love everything about it esp. the sent. tags that is a really neat idea.ReplyCancel

  • colleen eJune 19, 2009 - 7:42 pm

    how great, I love all the work you did with this card.

    have a blessed weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie OlsonJune 19, 2009 - 7:46 pm

    Beautiful job, Becca–that white embossing is a great touch!ReplyCancel

  • Judy RozemaJune 19, 2009 - 7:50 pm

    Oh my goodness!! I soooooooo love this!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lois BeckerJune 19, 2009 - 7:52 pm

    What a stunning card. Just love the bird. White embossing is new to me and opens a whole new realm of ideas. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • cheryl yelvertonJune 19, 2009 - 7:56 pm

    dinomite!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ms.cherylReplyCancel

  • Cathy WeberJune 19, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Sometime could you explain how you white embossed this stamp? I look at your cards every single day and have made several that look close to what you have done. I especially love that you tell us which color copics you have used. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • MarisaJune 19, 2009 - 8:17 pm

    What a fun card!! Love the way you embossed it in white and coloured it in. The sentiment is fabulous and I love how you split it up into three sections. Great card.ReplyCancel

  • Pam (aka/YorkieMom)June 19, 2009 - 8:28 pm

    Oh my Becca….this is stunning!!!!! I love the colors you used!!!ReplyCancel

  • chrisdJune 19, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    This is great and the colors really pop!That bird and the sayings are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}June 19, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Way cool card!!! Love the white embossing on the dark bg!!! And I love how you split the sentiment up on those tags. Your creativity amazes me every time!! Can’t wait to see the new Spellbinders!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)June 19, 2009 - 10:21 pm


    Wow, this is so pretty. So colorful, I love the colors you used.



  • sandyhJune 19, 2009 - 11:02 pm

    beautiful layout on the card! the white embossing on that wonderful stamp is a great idea!

  • CindyJune 20, 2009 - 12:34 am

    Absolutely beautiful AND FUN!ReplyCancel

  • SheilaJune 20, 2009 - 1:20 am

    Hope you don’t mind me leaving a comment but just had to say how totally awesome this card is.
    The colours you used for the Nesting Bird with the white embossing are so perfect.
    I love it.ReplyCancel

  • ZuzanaJune 20, 2009 - 2:51 am

    amazing card !!! :)ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaJune 20, 2009 - 7:01 am

    This is a fresh and funky bird, and you colored him so well.ReplyCancel

  • debJune 20, 2009 - 7:06 am

    this is one amazing piece of artwork. I am in total awe of your abilities. Yes, i must find this stamp now. Is it a new release?
    and oh, so glad you used Tombows cuz I own them and don’t have a single Copic. Can’t afford them!
    Again…this is amazing…great job!!!ReplyCancel

  • JacquiJune 20, 2009 - 7:18 am


  • Laurie HuntJune 20, 2009 - 7:18 am

    Hi Becca, It’s been a long time since I have commented, but I am still out here stalking. This bird is so cool, just love it. I just got some new IO stamps of animals and such so I need to check closely to see if he is part of my set. Love what you did with all his funkiness and really like how you filled in for the bits that are impossible to cut out. Great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S. (UK)June 20, 2009 - 11:32 am

    Totally amazing card. Never think of embossing white on white – how clever and so effective. I have Marvy Le Plume pens so daresay they may be similar to TomBow. And such a clever way of getting the full stamp by doubling up….I’m speechless.
    You never cease to amaze me Becca you are a treasure chest of crafty gems.
    Jenny xxReplyCancel

  • MrsHJune 20, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    Good evening, Becca. Oh my, I had to do a double take to make sure I was in the right blog- definitely not your usual style but extremely eye-catching, nevertheless. It’s the sort of card you have to look at again and again it’s so striking and with such an unusual layout.ReplyCancel

  • Linda EJune 20, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Fabulous stamp made more fabulous by your terrific coloring! Just curious, how do Tombow markers differ from Copics?ReplyCancel

  • alcoholinkyJune 21, 2009 - 2:21 am

    wow – what a fab stamp. this is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Mitra FriantJune 23, 2009 - 8:28 am

    OMG Becca! This is beyond gorgeous! I was so stumped by that image that I almost didn’t choose it when I selected artwork but I thought it was cool looking. You made it just so beautiful. I’m in awe of your talent!ReplyCancel

  • CaroleAugust 26, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    I was not interesting with this stamp when I saw it the very first time but with your card, I know how is can be used, you’ve done a miracle …

    Great atwork Becca.

    La première foisque j’ai vu ce tampon je ne voyais pas quoi en faire, mais maintenant je sais comment il peut être utilisé. Tu as fait un miracle Becca. Très joli travail.