Couldn't resist . . . had to make just one more Bird Crazy card before starting to work on some handmade Christmas presents . . .
One of the things I love most about stamping is that there's usually a means to wiggle your way out of almost every fluff up. Take the ground that the bird is standing on. I'd tried using darker ink to create a shadow around her feet, but it didn't look right. I'd already glued her down so there was no way I could safely pry up such skinny, delicate legs and feet. So I took a free form scrap of cardstock and placed it under the feet and legs of the die and ran it through my machine. I poked out the feet and kept the mortise.
Voila! Ground! I embossed the scrap with Distress Walnut Stain powder as it has a perfect matte finish, applied glue to the back and pressed it down around the bird's feet. Clever workaround if I do say so myself . . .
Cardstock: Bazzill Cheddar, Strathmore Bristol
Stamps: Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Things, Crazy Talk, Amuse
Inks: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Distress Pine Needles, Broken
China, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain
Emb Powder: Distress Walnut Stain
Dies: Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Things, Spellbinders
A2 Distressed Edges