Enjoy the Changes Life Brings

Hello friends!  Back with you today to share a card I’ve made using the January release stamp set called Early Spring Nest!


I had so much fun playing with this pretty Spring image and playing with some new embossing powders on this one!

To get the background, I’ve taken a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder and spritzed it with water to also move it around the paper until I got the look I was wanting for it.  I set it aside to work on the rest of my card until it was COMPLETELY dry.  After it dried, I took my Static Free Bag to rub over the area and prep for heat embossing.  I stamped the Crackle Background stamp (Really love the versatility of this image!) with VersaMark and heat set the image with the Robin’s Egg embossing powder.  (Sounded like the perfect product to use for my card!)  I also used my corner chomper to round the corners on this panel.

For the scallop layer behind this panel as well as the layer behind the sentiment, I took my VersaMark ink pad and smeared on a layer around the edges and heat embossed them with the Coffee embossing powder.  I also used this for the sentiment as well as the nest image, so this also works for a nice, detailed embossing powder!   I made the fishtail banner layer before I did the embossing with my Tim Holtz 5″ scissors.  I took some craft foam and attached the front base panel to the embossed scalloped layer which was mounted onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.

Here’s a closer look at the stamped Crackle background with the Robin’s Egg heat embossing over the watercolor background.  I just love the shimmer it has in it!  You can also see the Coffee heat embossed layers.  I love the pretty Copper sheen it has as well as the dark brown flecks in it!  You can also see how well it embossed the fine detailed stamped images too.

There are so many different things going on with the embossing powder on this design that you really need to capture all the different angles throughout the design to see it!


For the coloring of the image, I just used some Clean Color Real Brush markers for it.  I like to heat emboss the images when I do this sort of coloring as it helps to keep the water coloring inside the lines and acts as sort of a “well” so that the colors stay where you want them.

For the eggs inside the nest, I took a VersaMarker pen and colored them in with it.  Then I took the same Robin’s Egg embossing powder and heat set the eggs with it.  It really creates a fun and unique look with the blue tint and speckle flakes in it, plus it gives it a nice embossed shine for an “egg like” appearance!

After coloring in the image, I used my scissors to fussy cut it out and then added a couple of feathers from my stash and attached this image over the card front panel with some foam tape.  I finished off my design by adding a few random drops with some Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter Drops.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and thank you so much for stopping in!

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22 thoughts on “Enjoy the Changes Life Brings

  1. What a refreshing new card with great embossing! Love the background that goes so well with the image and love the colors too! The sentiment is such a nice change from what we usually see, and I like the whole concept!


  2. This is beautiful, my friend! That background stamp is pure genius…wish I’d thought of it first, lol! There’s just something about a birds nest that makes me feel good. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!!!


  3. Simply stunning Vicki. So rich in colours. I know just how beautiful and shimmery that Nuvo Shimmer Powder would look IRL here. I have several and LOVE them. That crackle stamp looks amazing embossed and your feather is just perfect to finish.


  4. You had me at spring birds nest – not spring here “yet” with more frigid weather with snow forecast for the weekend. Brrr… Then I continued reading and saw you got your scissors and you fussy cut – you havemore patience than I would have had to fussy cut. So many pretty shimmery beautiful goodness in this card, and the feather is the perfect touch.


  5. Wow that coffee embossing powder looks terrific, super shiny and absolutely gorgeous. Love the cracked effect on the background, which is so perfect for that fabulous nest and egg image. Wonderful card x


  6. Love the background on this one Vicki. And the next is so pretty…ah Spring…we have a ways to go yet, but it’s nice to see it on a card. Beautiful one especially.



  7. FABulous background Vicki and I love bird nests and the added feathers here just make you feel good..I have a cherry tree in my front yard and the birds were nesting in there a wee while ago..my cat Holly,used to sit under the tree and just look up and I threatened her to leave them alone..and she did..never saw her up the tree and the babies hatched grew and flew..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  8. A beautiful card- the close up really shows the beautiful embossing! Love the scalloped border behind the panel, and love the feathers : )


  9. Copper is my metallic, Vicki! My whole Christmas tree was done in it!! The copper embossing you did on this remarkable design makes it a real beauty!! Hurry up spring!!


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