Welcome back! Here's a quick card for my Operation Write Home stash.
The bird, branch, hearts and sentiment were stamped on white card stock and colored with BIC markers. I wanted to experiment with using the Copic blender on the BIC's to add texture, and it worked fine! Now that's not to say my texture is fine--but the blender worked just like it does with the Copics. Cool!
Anyway, the focal was cut out with a Spellbinders classic oval die. Then a slightly larger classic oval was cut from white card stock, and just the edge was colored with the same blue BIC used to color the bird. This solved the problem of not have a matching blue (What? I have a ton of blues in the stash and not one matched? How can that be? Must go shopping! Oh, sorry, my mind wandered for a moment.) I added a bit of texture to the bird and the faux matting with the Copic blender pen, and though I suppose I could have been a bit more original than simply doing dots, the concept worked fine.
Finally I matted both with a classic scallop and added white pearls with a Viva Pearl pen. To add a little shine, I put a drop of Glossy Accents on the hearts.
Then I embossed a piece of white stock, matted it with black, added another white piece (colored blue like the oval) and textured the blue with the blender pen. A piece of black and white gingham anchors the focal, which is popped up on dimensionals, and the card base is white.
I don't usually do whimsical designs, but this turned out bright and happy and I think I like it. Hope you do too.