I found a piece of medium brown metallic cardstock and paste embossed the jungle leaves background stencil (LJ825) onto it using glossy black embossing paste (DGKP). Immediately after removing the stencil, I sprinkled the wet paste with a medium brown color of Fun Flock sold by Stampendous. About 30 minutes into the drying time (that's about halfway dry if you are not forcing it dry in an electric skillet), I gently (very very gently) pressed the flocking into the paste using a piece of cardboard over the top of the flocking material. I have found if you don't do this, then the flocking sits on the surface and tends to be somewhat sparse on a detailed design like this one. This light pressure will push more of the flocking particles into the nearly dry paste. When this flocked cardstock had dried for at least an hour, I tapped off the excess flocking and cut the flocked cardstock into four 7/8" x 5" pieces. I mounted these strips on a cream colored cardstock called Tsumugi Ivory sold by Hanko designs and mitered each strip to come together at a 45 degree angle on each corner. This forms a square frame for my centerpiece design.
I have always referred to this stencil as "the cardinal" (LM110), but when you are in charge of the brushes and inks you can make this crested bird be whatever you want, and I am creating a bluish jay that is often seen here on the West coast. It is called a Stellar Jay, and yes, we do have dogwood trees here as well. Stellar Jays are a vivid turquoise blue on their backs and a very dark blue/brown on their heads. When I was finished stenciling I glued crystals in the centers of the flowers and the jay's eye. And violá! ...a cardinal when you have a red color challenge and a Stellar jay when you have blue in your color challenge.
So join us this week and play along with Kim's blue, brown and cream colorway challenge. Just sign up with Mr. Linky below and others will have the opportunity to view your creation.