The idea for this card came from a clip about Lapwings where one was flying around reed beds. As an extra note of interest, we were out in the Jeep heading for a brisk winter’s walk in the country this afternoon when I spotted three lapwings scrabbling about in a field; this is not a sight I’ve seen since I was a child!
· Cardstock:- Theuva Card x 3, Black Pearlescent Card, Silver Mirri Card, White Pearlescent Card
· Clarity Stamps:- Lapwing Set, Reed stamp
· Inkpads:- Ranger - Archival Black; Distress Frayed Burlap, Old Paper, Antique Linen, Mowed Lawn, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky; Versafine Onyx Black
· Clear Detail Embossing Powder
· Micron pen
· Spectrum Noir Pencils
- On a piece of Theuva card, positioned 'portrait' - short sides top and bottom - and using Versafine Onyx Black, stamp the smaller 'Standing Lapwing' towards the foot of the right hand side. Dust with embossing powder and heat set.
- Stamp this again on a sticky note and cut out.
- Using the same process, stamp the 'Lapwing in Flight' in the centre of the card and the 'Flight of Lapwings' at the top left hand corner
- On a second sheet of Theuva card, stamp three sets of the 'Flight of Lapwings' in a downward motion and heat emboss.
- Stamp some masks on 'sticky notes' and cut out.
- On a third sheet, stamp two sets of the same almost parallel to echo the horizon.
- Using distress ink 'Old Paper' stamp the 'Reed' stamp randomly along the foot of each of the three cards. Over stamp these to suit with the same stamp and Black Archival.
- Cut a large circle mash (the sun) from a 'sticky note' and place over part of the stamped 'Lapwing in Flight'. Place a lapwing mask over the stamped image and also over the 'Standing Lapwing' and the 'Lapwings in Flight'
- Tear a sheet of copy paper across to create a rough horizon. Place this over the first card about one third of the way from the foot. Using a blending tool and Weathered Wood, gently colour the area above the horizon mask and on to the top of the card.
- Move the horizon mask onto the second then third stamped sheets and repeat.
- Using a blending tool and Old Paper, add colour over the stamped reeds at the foot of each sheet. Build this up to a small mound at the right of sheet 1 so the ‘Standing Lapwing’ appears to do just that. Add depth of colour to this area by blending in Frayed Burlap and blend in some Mowed Lawn along the reeds.
- Remove the sun mask and blend some ‘Squeezed Lemonade’ to form a reflection on the water. Shade the sun using some yellow Spectrum Noir pencils and blend into paper. (I used my fingers).
- Blend Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood to create the darker sea. (I originally coloured the sea lighter and sky darker but on looking out from my craft room on a beautifully sunny winter’s day out towards Aberdeen harbour and the horizon, I noticed the opposite was true thus all change)!
- From here, using Spectrum Noir grey pencils, add some shading to the birds.
- Trim, mount onto silver, black then white.
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