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Perfect Peacock Anniversary

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup

If ever there was an image begging to be colored, it's this majestic peacock on a branch. The Perfect Peacock stamp is not a typical image I would purchase.   As much as it begs to be colored, it's really too much coloring for me.  However, a dear friend of my collects peacocks and I just had to get it! 

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup

This past weekend she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. So I finally put stamp to paper and did a little experimenting with coloring.  As coloring is not my forte, it did take a couple tries.  Initially, I embossed the peacock in gold (for their 50th) and started coloring.  But the color wasn't popping the way I had hoped it would.  So "take two" seemed to work and here's what I did:

  • Start with a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Shimmery White cardstock (it's my preferred paper to use when I'm coloring with water...notice I didn't say watercolor.  I'm so not a watercolorer!)
  • Stamp Perfect Peacock with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Color using Aqua Painters (I prefer mine a bit more on the dry side, so I have more control)
    • Color wash peacock with Tempting Turquoise ink, let dry
    • Add details to feathers/body with Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant inks
    • Color wash flower with Wisteria Wonder ink, let dry
    • Add details to flowers with Elegant Eggplant
    • Color wash leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink, let dry
    • Add details to leaves with Old Olive ink
    • I did add another layer of Island Indigo ink to the feathers, as I wanted the color to be a little more intense

Perfect Peacock Anniversary card by Dawn Olchefske  #dostamping #stampinup
I'm pleased as a peacock on how this turned out (I know, I could resist)!  It did take a little time to find what would work, but once I got in my coloring rhythm, it went pretty fast.  I would make another one (if the occasion called for it).  

Actually, I thought the peacock could be stamped in a single color and would make great thank you cards. Hmm...I think I'll have to put some together for her.

Enjoy~Dawn O 


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