Do chickens dream?
So, admittedly, I don’t really know a thing about chickens, but the first time I saw this new Hey Chick stamp set, I couldn’t help noticing that one of these chickens didn’t look like the others. The two chickens on the front of the card look like your ordinary, average, everyday chickens. The one on the right is happy just pecking his corn. The one on the left though… I think maybe he dreams of something more.
See that skinny dude with the crazy feathers peeking through the window? Now, he’s not your ordinary, everyday chicken. He’s a wild and crazy rock star chicken. I think our little day-dreamin’ chicken on the front wishes he could be like that. 🙂
So, to make this card, I started by stamping the two ordinary chickens on a piece of white cardstock. I colored them with my Prismacolor pencils and blended them a bit with some odorless mineral spirits. Then, I stamped them again on some post-it notes, and fussy-cut them out to make cheap and easy masks. I used the masks to protect my two chickens while I blended a bit of Soft Sky ink over the top of the piece. I’m not sure why I thought this, but there’s this one dot stamp from the new Avant-Garden stamp set that just looked like corn to me. So, I pulled out some So Saffron ink, and stamped some corn on the bottom of the card.
Now, the best way to make the window would have been to layer all the pieces first, and then use my scalloped circle die to cut through all three layers at once. It might take a couple of runs through the Big Shot, but at least the holes would line up. Did I do that? No, of course not, LOL. I fussed and messed with this thing a bunch, trying different colors and designs, and in the end, decided that this slightly misaligned version would have to do. To finish off the front, I added three little bubbles, to give the impression that our left-side chicken was dreaming, and I added a matted sentiment with some dimensionals. The sentiment is actually from another Sale-A-Bration set called Designer Tee. I thought it was just perfect for this card.
The crazy rocker chicken is featured on the inside, but carefully positioned, of course, to show through that window on the front. I actually added a bunch of Wink of Stella to his brightly colored wig and tail feathers but the camera doesn’t seem to want to capture the shimmer. I hand-cut a microphone, and added a couple of tiny music notes, to make the dream complete, and matted the image with a lacy oval die-cut. Here’s what it looks on when open:
Now, in my head, this little guy is wearing a black leather jacket, holding a guitar… but that seems to be beyond my skill-set. If anyone there knows how to dress my chicken in a leather jacket, please let me know – I’d love to see it!
We’re down to the wire, but as I post this, there’s still a week left to get your own day-dreamin’ chickens. Not only that, but Stampin’ Up added some new, last minute goodies to the Sale-A-Bration – items from their regular catalog, including cardstock and DSP!
That’s it from me today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Rock on, and Don’t Quit Your Day-Dream!