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Hope is a thing with Feathers…

by Amy Bowerman

Hello hello, I have a very special mixed media project to share with you today in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  My friend Jen Goode has just released a Hope Rollograph jumbo stamp wheel with Clearsnap.  She put together a fantastic blog hop featuring the new stamp, printables and fabulous prizes!   I have a printable of my own to share with you as well so let’s get started shall we?

*Stay tuned for giveaways, printables and more creative DIY Hope projects after the tutorial :)

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I have two very special Breast Cancer survivors in my life so when Jen asked me to create a project with her Hope Rollograph I jumped at the chance.  I am most creative when I create for someone else and I had my very special friends in mind when this project started to form.

The pink ribbon is a symbol of hope and that made me think of one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson…”Hope is a thing with feathers…”

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I tried to think of how I could incorporate “Hope is a thing with feathers…” into a stamping project.  My Eureka moment arrived when I decided to try stamping actual feathers.  I couldn’t believe my luck that it actually worked and the rest of the project evolved from there.

My stamped feathers needed a bird.  The bird needed a perch.  The perch needed a background and the background needed to be filled with the inspiring words of Emily Dickinson.

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I really enjoyed working with Jen’s Hope Rollograph Jumbo Stamp wheel from Clearsnap…it’s so easy to use and you can stamp large surfaces in a snap!  This would be great for custom gift wrap, ribbons, card backgrounds and of course Mixed-Media projects :)

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The best part is since it is round it can stamp a-Round curved surfaces…like feathers!  Need I say more?

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If you never thought you could stamp on feathers…you absolutely CAN!  It’s easy with a Rollograph stamp and Colorbox Pigment ink.  I like pigment ink for this project because it has lots of tooth and sticks to hard to stamp on surfaces…like feathers.  You don’t need to use a lot of pressure when inking your stamp with Colorbox pigment ink it’s a nice wet ink so be gentle :)

I embossed my feathers with Detail White embossing powder…yup, you can emboss them too!

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When it’s time to clean up simply run your Rolograph under water and Wa-Lah!  the ink comes right off!

Now that you have your stamped feathers ready to go you’ll need to “Put a bird on it” …er…them.  Don’t worry I’ve got you covered.  Click the links below for free printable versions of my Zentangle Hope Bird.  There’s one to Color and one to tangle yourself.  Spread your creative wings of hope!

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Zentangle Hope Bird Printable                         Blank Hope Bird Printable

Please feel free to share links to your projects or photos on my Facebook Page…I love seeing what you create!

I colored my Hope Bird with Copic Markers….clearly I was thinking pink.  I used every Pink shade of Copic I had and came up with some pretty cool color combos.

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I didn’t have a canvas to work with so I made do with a white washed board.

Give your board a light sanding and a nice thick coat of gesso.

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Then use your Hope Rollograph to stamp into the wet gesso.  I rolled my stamp at different angles to mix up the pattern of the Pink Ribbons.

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Next, apply your favorite inks and paints.  I used a mix of Distress Paints and stains in Blue tones.  Give your project a solid misting with water  to get a nice blend going.  Dry with a heat tool.

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If your background is too light for your liking add some darker colored sprays.  I used a mix of Dylusions and perfect pearls.

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If you’re in the mood for a little bling add some glitter to the wet paint.  I used Donna Salazar “Fairy Dust” glitter from Clearsnap.  Isn’t that the cutest container ever?  Shake it like a salt shaker!

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I like to “Try things on” before I glue anything down when working on mixed-media projects.  I created a branch with die cut leaves and flowers and traced my bird to get a feel for placement so I could add the letters accordingly.

I used pretty much every letter sticker I owned.  Many were from Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology collection.  My favorites are the Alpha-parts “Ransom” letters.

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If you want to add a little dimension and interest to your background try stenciling with Wendy Vechhi embossing paste.  Just be aware that the White Paste will sometimes take on the color of your background.  In hindsight I probably should have used her Silver Metallic paste.

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Now all that’s left to do is glue on your bird, branch and feathers.  You’ll need a strong adhesive like E-6000.

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It’s also a good idea to mount your bird on a sturdy surface…I used Grunge Board.  I also cut and colored a second wing to give her extra dimension. Make her some wire legs to perch on and prop her up on jumbo foam squares.  There you go!

BCA Jen Goode for Clearsnap Pink Ribbon Blog Hop

Have fun coloring your Hope birds, thinking pink and enjoying some mixed-media madness!  Jen has some lovely free printables to add to your BCA projects on her blog as well so check those out HERE.

You can find out more about my friend Jen Goode here , her wonderfully whimsical illustrations at J. Goode Designs, and for even more creative ideas check out Jen’s blog 100 Directions.

Throw your name in the hat to win this fun prize pack from Jen Goode and Clearsnap!
a Rafflecopter giveawayBe sure to check out all of the Creative Hope projects my friends are making below…
Have a Hope-FULL day!

Amy*

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30 survivor October 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

As a survivor I can say that there are so few craft projects around breast cancer that I can tolerate much less enjoy. Breast Cancer is a very ugly, horrible thing. And pink and glitter and such do not make it any prettier. However, YOUR mixed media project really touched me. The words are inspiring and the art is something that takes me to a better place. Even with the pink feathers. :) Survivors get tired of pink after a while. :) Thank you for creating something that uplifts the soul. My best to you.

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32 stamping sue October 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

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33 Amy Bowerman October 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

Stupid printers! Mine was giving me guff yesterday too. I showed it the remnants of the last one that got the “office space” treatment and that seemed to do the trick :).

The rollograph is great…if you don’t get a clear impression the first time you just roll backwards unlike trying to play the match up game with traditional stamps.

Can’t wait to see what you create with the printable bird! Stop by my FB page and share links and pics :)

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34 Anne Rx October 11, 2013 at 4:09 am

What a fabulous project Amy, the bird is gorgeous with her pink tail feathers – I love her! Great step by step too. You really have created a wonderful piece of art for your friend. The rollagraph design is beautiful – for such a worthy cause too. Hugs, Anne x
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35 Amy Bowerman October 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

Thanks Anne that project may be my favorite creation to date!

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36 Natasha Marr October 11, 2013 at 4:06 am

Great project sweetie. The sentiment really suits the cause, the bird that you have used is fab, thanks so much for making these available as a printable, i’m having printer issues at the moment but its going to get a whack in the hopes that it will allow me to print these off to play with. I also like the roller stamp that you have used, i’ve not seen one like this before so would love to get one. I could go on and on about all the little details that I find amazing on your project but I’d be here all day, it’ll be easier to just say that I really love, love, love it .
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