A Bird In The Hand – A Montage Mash Up

October 28, 2013 — 14 Comments

I recently got my hands on a set of montage stamps from the Stamps Away Collection and thought that I would have a play.

What started out as one thing, once again ended up as something totally different.

Here is the set that I started out using.

A Bird In The Hand - A Montage Mash Up - 7It came with masks (in 2 sizes), washable sheets, small acrylic block and stamps. I really liked the bird in this set – it’s pose is quite serene.

Anyway, before I wander off in a haze of English countryside, here are a couple of pics of my first experiments.

Montage Stamps - First Attempts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite happy with my first results – so I THEN watched the DVD that I also got – LOL! *mental note – should have watched the DVD first*.

On my second attempt I came up with this –

Montage Stamps - Second Attempt

I liked this second attempt a little better so decided to make a card from it.

It was one of those ‘organic’ cards that I made up as I went along so there are no step by step images on this post. *another mental note – make plans for the cards that you blog about so that you can remember to take photos!*

Here is the finished piece – I’ll give you a brief guide to how it was put together just after this photo.

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So you saw that the centre piece was made using the stamps from the Stamps Away Collection montage set. The inks that I used were from the Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad range.

I used the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear and the ‘Branches’ set of stamps along with the Meadow and Lettuce Adirondack Inkpads to create the larger green wreath style border.

I then used this little interchangeable punch from Pinflair (shown in the pic below) and the leaf/branch punch from the set to punch out numerous autumnal coloured leaves and some black branch/twigs.

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I used dimensional glue to stick these in the pattern that you see in this close up.

A Bird In The Hand - A Montage Mash Up - 3To be honest, apart from a bit of matting/layering and cutting an aperture – that was about it – fairly easy really – not sure why it took me forever – perhaps it was the constant play/distractions/experimentation? Lol.

Anyway, here is another look at the finished piece (I’m kind saving you the need to scroll up the page aren’t I? LOL!)

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Right, well that’s me signing off again as I don’t really have much more to say on this one.

I hope that you have enjoyed it and will visit my blog again soon.

Take care.

J :)

14 responses to A Bird In The Hand – A Montage Mash Up

  1. 

    Lovely, sometimes cards or little pieces of art have to evolve into themselves. I thin this one is lovely might copy if you don’t mind.

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  2. 

    I’ve been crafty, looked around, and found the stamp on it’s own! Saved some pennies, even though I’ve missed out on the other goodies in the montage.

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  3. 

    Love it, such a fab nature theme which can be used in many different ways, thanks for sharing x

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  4. 

    Really nice card John. Could you tell us the finished measurements
    please so I can amend them if necessary.
    Thanks
    Jan

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  5. 

    Beautiful as always, John…but how typically ‘manly’ of you not to watch the instructions until after your first attempt. Can’t wait to see the next project :)

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  6. 

    From a piece of card and stamps you produce this amazing card love it John ,your teaching is so crisp and clear thank you nita x

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  7. 

    Hi John,

    Another fantastic way to use the stamping gear. Love the little wren stamp. I did see Ali demonstrating it recently. Thanks so much for more great ideas.

    Carol

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  8. 

    I love the card, especially the bird stamp (and your choice of pine stamp.too).

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  9. 

    A gorgeous creation John, love the different coloured leaves around the topper x

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  10. 

    Yay, I have that montage set too!
    Great idea to combine with the stamping gear.
    The bird is pretty amazing. :-)

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  11. 

    This is just fab. Pleased it’s not just me that gets distracted and ends up spending a day on one card!

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  12. 

    Love this! Such beautiful colours and stamps x

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