For the background I combined scraps of Basic Grey paper with some stenciling scraps. As I was laying out the paper I saw what is a natural looking shadow under the bird's head. What a serendipity!...I worked with the layout to maintain that effect.
I covered the bird with newspaper scraps from the weather report and related articles. The numbers on the lower body are the high and low temps around the world. The little pendant shapes on the tail were from weather map portraying the cold front coming our way.
I added distress stains to the gel medium used on top of the bird to achieve translucent colors.
Below the bird I added punched leaves and dried flowers from last year's garden. I have found gel medium to be the best adhesive for adding flowers. I use my fingers when applying on flowers.
I used gel medium for the entire card both to adhere the pieces and a top coat.
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 GMT Views: 620
Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 25875
Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 3:25 PM
GREAT background!! I can't believe you had that birds shadow on some scrap paper...truly was meant to be! Wonderful collage bird..I love how you have the weather report as part of him...creative card!!
Registered: March 11, 2008 Location: Sacramento, California Posts: 39835
Fri, May 10, 2013 @ 4:21 PM
Oh man this is fabulous! LOVE your birdie with the weather page, too cool. Your bg is super intriguing and wonderful. This card is so inspiring and fun to look at. WOW! TFS :0)
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Sat, May 11, 2013 @ 6:58 AM
I had to look ywice to see the shadow, but you're right - what a great way to get direction! And you mixed stains with the medium - I'm sure I might have thought of that EVENTUALLY..., lol. Great idea. Super card!
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Registered: June 9, 2006 Location: Wauconda, IL Posts: 48805
Sat, May 11, 2013 @ 8:14 AM
What a cool card!! So amazing!! I love the colors, your scraps, your bird and the neat shadow. I started a card, but for some reason have difficulties with this type of thing. This looks like it should be in a craft magazine or something of that nature.