CAS Watercolour Card April Challenge - happy day to you

The CAS Watercolour April Challenge is "Bird", hosted by Bonnie.

I was born and brought up in a concrete jungle, and I'm not very familiar with nature.... I knew it would be a disaster if I painted a bird for the challenge.
So here's how I escaped from actually painting a bird and enjoyed playing along with the challenge. 😉

I sprinkled Brusho (Cobalt Blue) on watercolor paper, spritzed water over it, and die-cut the bird from it. The front panel looked a little empty even after adding the heat-embossed sentiment and the stitched frame, so I added some stenciling with Distress Oxide Ink. Lastly I popped up the bird with foam tape.

I love the Brusho' vibrant color and uneven texture.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Friendly Phrases (Stampin' Up!) 
Watercolor Paper (Canson - 140 lb), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Brusho (Cobalt Blue), Distress Oxide Ink (Broken China - Ranger), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Dies (Bird Shapes - Ellen Hutson, Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX - My Favorite Things), Stencil (Drifts & Hills - My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (Gold - Hero Arts)  Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


  1. Your Brusho bird is so pretty, Hideko! Love the way those crystals look in your bird! The softly stenciled background is just the right amount of accent! So beautiful, my friend! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  2. your Brusho bird is spectacular, the wash of the powders just look so dreamy and the stenciling makes me think of the air stream that it's soaring on. I love it :)

  3. so beautiful...love the effect the faint stenciling give your bird...nice sense of motion.
    Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!
    :) Karen

  4. Gorgeous card! Lovely shades of blue, wonderful layout with the sponging on the background and the stitched rectangle die, fabulous bird die!

  5. Hideko, your bluebird is just as beautiful as those real ones I see ... what a gorgeous way to water color that lovely die cut bird! and the stenciling is perfect - you always know what is needed to finish a card beautifully!

  6. Absolutely Gorgeous Blue color and texture on your die cut bird from your Brushos watercolouring. I love how you soft stenciling added a beautiful flow to your bird and your stitched framing. The perfect Sentiment card, Hideko. TFS Hugs..

  7. Gorgeous card Hideko! Love the bright, vibrant colours of your bird ... and what a lot of texture from the Brushos as well. The added soft stenciling is just perfect. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  8. That brusho bird looks fantastic and the stenciling is the perfect backdrop! Beautiful card!

  9. Just spectacular, Hideko! Wow, this is a winner in my book! I love the stitching and your bold Brusho bird and I REALLY love the swirl stenciling you did which did add a TON of interest!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. So pretty! I love the faint stenciling in the background that puts your dove in the spotlight.

  11. That's beautiful, Hideko! I love the effect with the Brushos and your design and inking are fabulous.

  12. Oh it's stunning!! I love the bird and the sponging makes it so striking!

  13. Amazing glory, your choice of Brusho is the ideal match for this beautiful dove. It's a tricky powder but you dosed the pigment perfectly. The gold sentiment is a beautiful compliment to the whole design. Simply a BEAUTY, xx


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