Robins, wonderful little birds, we all love them in our family, as do most of Great Britain I think. Such a pretty little bird, we have two living around our garden. They love the little bird bath in the front garden and the food that my husband puts out in the back garden. He loves to watch them flitting around from plant to plant.
My grandad used to adore robins and would always say he was going to come back to this earth one day as this cute little bird. . He was a wonderful man full of lovely stories most of which I think he made up. I worshipped him. Anyway after he had passed on my dad would always reckon any robin in the garden was his dad come back to see him. They are so friendly hard not to believe him really. So a great fondness for this little bird was gradually built up amongst our family. Of course Christmas cards for Mum and Dad often featured a robin and I made them a cross stitch picture as well.
So the love of these birds has grown among my children. My daughters have a picture of one on their blog as a logo. Crafting Addicts. My son started a job at Royal Crown Derby this year and almost immediately bought us a beautiful miniature robin. He sits on my mantlepiece where he can be seen easily.
I started by stamping my robin into place and masking off.
Place the star window stencil over the top and secure with masking tape. Then brush over lightly with Cloudy Blue ink.
Using Pumice Stone Distress ink and a sponge I carefully added a slightly darker edge to the window. I wanted to make it look like the stone frame.
Next place the brickwork stencil over the top and very lightly brush the outside edges with Mushroom ink. Be careful not to go over the window area and don't make it too dark.
Remove the stencil and mask from bird.
Colour in bird, I used Spectrum Noir pencils and also stamped some holly leaves in the corners of the window.
Brush some Sparkle Medium in the star. Have to do this carefully to keep in the stencil lines. Love the effect when it dries.
Just needed to stamp Peace and Joy in the top corners, add some little red gems for holly berries and mount onto green card before adding to a card base.
I think it looks very Christmassy now. I gave this one to my husband for his Christmas card this year. Hope you all like it.
I will just give you some links for the stamps and stencils I have used. Of course all are available from Claritystamps
Holly leaves These were from a bigger set with a window in as well.
Peace and Joy Again from a larger bauble set.
I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, seems to be over so quickly, all that planning. I look forward to another year though filled with lots of creativity. Thank-you for visiting. Please leave a comment if you have time. xxx