Monday 9 March 2015

Project 208: A heron Mother's day card

I got a wonderful commission from a colleague to make her mother a card with a heron for UK Mother's Day. She said her mom was really spiritual and that it was a symbolic animal that she liked to include wherever she could.

I accepted the commission knowing I didn't have a stamp or anything that could work out of the box and went to my favorite (and underused) technique of paper cutting. It's been ages since I've done it properly and even though this was a small scale I embraced it.

I looked up images of herons and drew a silhouette on black card stock, using my Fiskars finger blade to cut it out.

The sun is a diecut circle that I used Gelatos and a watercolor pen to get that beautiful streaky result.

The silver water is a scrap I had on my desk as are the blue waves - in fact everything but the sun is a scrap as the black was leftover as well from another project - and the waves were the off cut of a scallop punch. I saw that recently on a YouTube tutorial and had my mind blown. So simple. So effective.

I asked my colleague if she wanted a greeting or sentiment but she liked the simplicity of it and I agreed - so nice it's like a mini art piece.

Very happy with this result, hoping to have a happy colleague as well!


  1. Oh Wow… this is awesome Jessie… I love that wonderful sun and the fab heron silhouette! great tip on how to make waves too! I think this card fits the brief perfectly… the recipient will love it!
    Hope you have a good week!
    Big Hugs Sue B xx

  2. OMG this is stunning!! I love all the fab techniques, I see you and the aquabrush and the gelatos are becoming fast friends. Superb paper cutting, the Heron is beautiful. I am totes stealing that tip for the waves. Cx


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