Friday, October 18, 2013

Serendipity NEW Owl Die Blog Hop!

We have a great Blog Hop for you today!  Serendipity Stamps has come out with a really cool OWL die!  Lots of thought and planning went into this cute guy!  I have a tutorial below.
For this A2 card I paired him up with Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells paper for Halloween.

He is backed with a rusty-red paper and I used a 1/2" circle punched paper behind his eyes. I put some black rhinestones on top of his eyes and you can see the shine of them in the picture.

 My 2nd card has a woodland feel.  I colored the backing paper for the owl with Copic Markers before gluing the layers together.  Below I show how to do this.

Foam tape keeps the wood layer up and off the owl.  He is adhered flat to the black background paper.
Here is a tutorial on how I made the multi-colored owl.
Take the die and put 2 layers of paper under it.  The outline paper (black) should go first against the cut marks of the die.  The lighter paper goes under the black.  Send it through your die machine to cut.
Here is what you get.  Some of the small black pieces may stick to the lighter layer but I didn't have that problem.  If you do, just pick off the pieces.  See the cut marks on the light layer?  This will show you where to color and because it was the 2nd paper layer, it didn't cut all the way through the paper except around the edges.
Here is the backside of the light layer.

Use your favorite markers to color the light layer.  I used these Copic colors to color the sections of the light layer.  Eyebrows: E41, Eyes: YR18, Beak and claws: YR23, Side and bottom feathers: E43, Branch: E47.  You don't have to stay within the lines.

Glue the black layer over the light layer with your favorite glue.  I like ZIG's 2 Way Glue Pen.  The little bit of white showing around the edges of the bottom feathers bothers me so.....
I went around the edges of the owl with a Cat's Eye pad which covered most of the white.  For a little more detail I used a dark grey Copic to get into the corners (N9).
Here is what the backside looks like after inking the edges.  At this point you can dry emboss it through your die machine or use a stylus to push the light paper into the openings.

Here are just a few of these cuties I made with different color schemes.  You can use a 1/4" circle punch to add a paper layer on top of his eyes if you like.  I am having so much fun with this die and plan to make lots more!
On to the Blog Hop info!

If you comment on each Design Team member's blog you'll be eligible to win a $10 store gift certificate at Serendipity Stamps!  The last day to comment is Oct 20th.
The prize winner will be announced on Oct 21st!

Here is the Blog Hop Order:

  • Stamps: Serendipity Stamps - Happy Halloween sm 659B
  • Dies: Serendipity Stamps - Owl Die 1290ED, IO Pine Branch die, Spellbinders Classic Ovals
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black, Cat's Eye - Blackbird & Chestnut Roan
  • Paper: Graphic 45 - Steampunk Spells 8x8 & 6x6, Neenah Black linen, brown card stock, Bazzill Ivy Green & Candy Corn
  • Other: Copics, black ribbon, black rhinestones, Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, foam tape


Marybeth said...

Wow Mariam ! You did some amazing work here and two fabulous cards! Love the way the eyes sparkle on your first card . Your second card is just amazing with the wood grain tree! Your step by step is a perfect way to show just what you did. Wow!

Karen Amidon said...

He is fantastic Miriam! Sooo striking! Great framing with your papers. I love your second card also with him peering through his tree hole! Looks like we are all loving this die!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Both of these are awesome, Miriam! I love the owl in the tree card and your Halloween owl is fabulous. Very cool!

Pauline said...

Wowzers Miriam!! You had a whole lot of fun with this little guy! He's gorgeous, I love him 'sigh'! Love the autumnal colours you used, and your fabulous tutorial too.

Vicki Sopcak said...

All I can say is WOW. Both cards are amazing. You are very creative. Thanks for the tutorial and for showing us your other sample owls with different color combinations....AWESOME!!!

Jeanne J said...

Hi Miriam! I love the way the different colors and settings give Mr. Who a whole different personality. The first one he looks so serious and striking, and the second peeking out of the hole in the tree just dropped my jaw to the floor! Awesome!

Michele S. said...

I beautiful card! Thank you so much for the tutorial. It will be so helpful. I can't wait to get the die!

Deborah Frings said...

He's absolutely wonderful - such a bold and beautiful Halloween card! I do like the woodland one too! To be fair, I'm fairly smitten by all the owls!

Donna Whitten said...

Great cards! I really appreciate your tutorial, it was a big help. Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Wow! Lots of gorgeous owls! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I can't wait to get the it!

Anonymous said...

I love all your owls.

Vickie Z said...

In LOVe with your owl or should I say owls!! Never thought to create an embossed one to add color too... fab tutorial!!

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my....where do you start? This is simply amazing and love that you showed it step by step too, stunning.

Pop, Paper, Scissors said...

Holy owl! Your cards are fab. Really love the one nested inside the tree.

Heather Jensen said...

WOW! This looks amazing. I love your step by step tutorial. :)

Denise Bryant said...

Great owl cards! Love him in that tree! Great texture with the woodgrain!

Sabrina said...

That is the coolest owl I have ever seen!!!!