Anyway, when I saw these stamps I thought it would work really really well with them.
White Coated Claritycard is essential for this.
You start off by stamping the Magpie Montage and verse in black Adirondack ink. When that is dry, mask it off with Post-its so that you can stamp the background in Versamark ink.
Then, with the help of a brayer, the magic happens. Leaving the masks in place I brayered in diagonally from the top right using Adirondack Mountain Rose. When I was happy with that I brayered in from the bottom left with Adirondack Raisin. You want to leave a paler area where they meet, although those two colours do work beautifully together.
I used a sponge to add some shading around the edges of the stamped images before I removed the masks. Then you buff it over with kitchen roll or toilet paper (which is a bit softer) and the beautiful background appears.
I stamped the Magpie Montage out several times onto copy paper and cut out the different parts of the birds that I wanted to add colour too. I then used them as a mask and sponged the colour (Mountain Rose and Raisin) on.
I also added a bit of colour to the branch and leaves with ProMarkers.
To finish it off I want around the edge of the verse with a black Micron pen and added a couple of Ivy Flourishes cut with a die by Joanna Sheen.
As I found them I thought I'd share these old photos too.
This one's dated the 8th March 2012........
..............and this one is from the 1st April 2012. If my memory serves me correct, the colours on those are Eggplant and black. The stamps are all by Claritystamp except for the bird on the grasses and that is by Chocolate Baroque.
Stamps Used in the Magpie Montage Card
Music from the Remountable Birdsong Set