Sunday, 15 January 2017

Houses And Flowers And Birds, Oh My!

  Hello and Happy New Year!               

I am very excited to announce that Paperartsy have just released new stamps from Elena Zinski Art. I'm even more excited to announce that I, along with Lauren Hatwell, am one of Elena's wingmen!

Here is Leandra Franich with some of our samples...

Elena's new stamps are definitely born to mix and match. Hold onto your hats...

And to accompany these gorgeous stamps are some fun sentiment and quote stamps...

I love the birds, so I grabbed all of the birds from all of the sets, put them all together. There's always one, isn't there? ...

I covered a #8 Manila tag in Bora Bora, then stamped all of the birds onto Smoothy Card. Doing this made it easier to place the characters and the very cool quote. I had already fussy cut the branch, which I extended by masking with Post-It. Then I cut out the birds, but not the legs (life is way too short for those sort of shenanigans!)

Next, I stamped the birds into place and heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink and clear embossing powder, then paper-pieced the birds on top of their legs. A little bit of shading with Prismacolor pencils and the tag was done.

ZA05, 06, 07, 08 

Phew! There's a lot to get through this time.

More birds next and Elena's flower houses deserved a look-in. I stamped one that looked like it could hang as a bird house. Then I wrote the 'new home' sentiment with a black Pigma Micron pen...

...added flowers and leaves and a branch for the house to hang from and then painted the card using Bora Bora, South Pacific, Tinned Peas, Haystack and Pumpkin Soup. I then added more dimension with Prismacolor pencils.

ZA05, 06, 07 

Next, I cut out 5 pieces of Smoothy card at 2.5" x 3.5" for ATCs (artists' trading cards - my favourite!) Leaving one white, I painted the others with Rose, Bora Bora, Tinned Peas and Haystack.

I then stamped directly onto the cards and painted up the flowers and birds...

ZA06, 08 

Oh, well, I had to. This bird just looked like he was striking a pose, so he became John Travolta and the mirror ball was a flower 'tummy' that I heat embossed in silver and coloured in with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.  It's funny what you can see when you sit and contemplate the stamps.


These flowers looked very much in love to me, so I surrounded them with hearts and painted them up.

I love the fact that you can look through some of the flowers. But, of course, it works both ways. You never know what might be looking back at you. I think a wee monster escaped from an earlier stamp set...

ZA02, 07 

More pretty flowers now and those fab sentiments...

ZA06, 08 

"More!" I hear you cry. Well I seem to have a thing about patterns and birds. Oh, I just love the birds in these sets. They're so full of character, they seem to have their own stories to tell...

The leafy corners joined together nicely to create little boxes for the birds...

ZA05, 07, 08 

Very convenient for a 6x6" Smoothy card base.

I've had a great time creating different samples from this Paperartsy Zinski Art release.  I hope you have as much fun too. I'd love to see what you make and I hope I've given you some inspiration.

Don't forget to check out the Paperartsy blog now for even more inspiration and a list of worldwide stockists. Enjoy!

Love and peace,

Wendy x

Paperartsy Fresco Acrylic paints used: Tinned Peas, Snowflake, Haystack, Pumpkin Soup, Rose, Claret, Bora Bora & South Pacific
Paperartsy Smoothy Card: 



  1. They're fabulous! Congratulations!

  2. So fabulous Wendy, well done, gorgeous samples.

  3. Brilliant samples! Love how you framed the little birdies in the last one! Chrisx

  4. Congratulations on fantastic samples, loving the jive birdie! x

  5. Thanks Wendy for all your gorgeous samples!!!

    1. Thank you, Leandra. It was an absolute pleasure xx