Sunday, 4 March 2018

Christmas Card Club - Robin

This fortnight, Mrs A at Valery Anne Designs   chose a Robin or Robins as our card theme.

I do have some bird stamps but since they are not actually robins, I chose to make a Hunky Dory Decoupage kit called Robin Redbreast. This kit really appealed to me as my Dad had a farm and raised horses. His boots were always sitting just outside the door, if he came in for tea...which was several times a day as he loved his tea! It was made even better, if it was served with thick toast and lashings of jam.

So a pretty robin it is...perched on what looks just like Dad's boots.


There are 6 layers of decoupage to create the scene and I used a brand new set of really slim pop dot to help reduce the depth. I am going to be purchasing more of those as I loved how thin they were. I threw the packaging away to help them fit in my pop dot drawer, but will tell you the name after I purchase a new set. When I next use them, of course!



I trimmed the kit card base down into a square. I added a piece of DP on the inside, to stamp the sentiment on. In my experience, the Hunky Dory card base has too much sheen for the ink to dry quickly. Translate that into, I have learned the hard way that any ink stamped upon it smears easily if brushed against. It takes quite some time for the ink to dry.  As you have probably guessed, under my DP liner, there is a smudged sentiment!



The back of this card base has a very pretty repeat of the scene build into the card.


This was a quick and fun card to make. Sometimes, that is just what one needs!

If you are interested in joining our Christmas Card Club, drop me an email. The hyperlinks to the other members cards can be found on my right sideboard. You will not regret popping by their blogs to take a peek.

28 comments:

dutchess said...

A beautiful image Maureen....and my favourite craft...decoupage,it’s lovely...makes a fabulous scene and one with memories for you so even more special xxxx

brenda said...

Always love a Robin card Mo and this one is really special with all he dimension.

B x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Such a beautiful card Maureen and lovely that it bought back some great memories for you.

Sue xx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Mo, that is so lovely, and with a smashing memory to go with it. I so empathise with the smudging of ink on a pearl card base! Learnt my lesson, and now i heat set with clear powder! lol. Hugs, Shaz X

Marjut said...

Beautiful!

Zoe Tant said...

What a sweet image and so true of a Robin. They make nests in the most unlikely places at times. Love your take on our challenge. Zoe x

Carol L said...

I like the story about your father's boots as much as I like the resulting card! Beautiful layering and design with that great bird image! Beautiful card Mo!

jimlynn said...

Beautiful scene with that little robin on the books. Very peaceful looking. Love the dimension too!
Lynn

Rita said...

Beautiful Card Maureen. Love the scene too. Hugs Rita xxxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi your card is gorgeous I love seeing robins on Christmas cards. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sandy said...

So pretty Mo. Enjoyed the story abour your father and how this image reminds you of him.

Pia S said...

The image is truly beautiful and great job on the layering too. It’s a lovely Christmas card.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Maureen, what a wonderful card, super dimension and such a lovely traditional image, Kate x

MaryH said...

Oh, such a sweet scene of this delightful robin, and loved reading the back story! I can guess this image touched your heart! The layers added such dimension and that is some really pretty DP as well. I liked the 'off-center' front design layout too. Will be interested to know the 'skinny pop dots' info too. TFS & Hugs

Mrs A. said...

Your Decoupage robin is adorable and thanks for the tale of your Dad's boots and his mammoth tea episodes. We are lucky to have a pair of robins visiting our garden at present. They have become very tame and will sit rather impatiently on the back of a garden chair by the kitchen window if The Doc is late putting their breakfast/dinner and tea out. Lol. hugs Mrs A.

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely memories of your Dad... and this card looks so sweet and beautiful! Great decoupaging!

Cara said...

A stunning card x

rachel said...

Awesome work Maureen. Lots of layers on that decoupage and a fabulous memory for the card too. Perfect! Hugs rachel x

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Maureen, such a gorgeous decoupage image.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Carol said...

Love this image Maureen it makes such a traditional Christmas card. I like the 1mm foam pads for decoupage too...I gave up the silicon glue as it kept going off. Carol x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What an adorable image and beautiful dimension on your card. A lovely wintry scene although I've had enough of the snow here now and I'm looking forward to Spring!
Lorraine

Sandra H said...

Ooooh your card is so pretty a l just adore robbins love the 3d effect so nice to have dimension on cards these days the cost can be off putting xx

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card Mo, super image and love all the layers.

Kath x

Kathleen said...

Really lovely card Mo, super image and love all the layers.

Kath x

Liz said...

Super card, Maureen, I love the dimension you've created with the decoupage. xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a fantastic scene with the robin perched on the boots. Those boots look just like my hubby's and in years back my Dad's. My farmer men all wore that type!

Greta said...

I need some thin pop dots as I'm not so much into big dimension now. Your card is just gorgeous, Maureen, & how neat that the boots remind you of your dad--very special!

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mo
Fabulous card... love all the decoupage layers
Hugs Sylvie xx