Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q is for Quail

Today is the letter Q.   There are not many things that come from the earth that start with the letter Q.  The only thing I could think of was the California Quail.
The male is actually the one with the thicker and darker plume on his head.  The plume on his head looks like one feather, but it is actually a cluster of 6 feathers.
The female is more of one color, but quails are interesting creatures.  The quail can go without water and can survive by getting it's water from the insects and vegetation.  The quails live in groups and most of the time all the adults take the roll of parent; talk about it takes a village to raise a child. Quails are pretty cool birds.  They are also the state bird of California.
The card I created was a challenge.  Fun Stampers Journey does not sell a quail stamp, so I had to improvise.  Here it goes.....

The card base was created with Buttercream Cardstock and a piece of Journey Basics: Neutrals.  I then die cut from Cocoa Powder cardstock with the Border Basics, scallop die.  I then cut a strip of Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock and attached it to the top of the scallop strip.  I adhered this whole piece to the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Greet and Shout set with Cocoa Powder ink.
I then die cut a Journey Oval from Butter Cream Cardstock and distressed the piece with Cocoa Powder ink.  I then wrapped a piece of Natural Journey Twine around the whole card and tied a bow.
To make the quail, I first took the bird from the Bird Tweet set and inked it with Hazelnut Blend and then took the River Stone ink and sponged it to the areas of the bird above.  I then took a sharpie and added the black to the eye area.  I added an eye back in with a white pen.
The plume was made from half of the heart stamp from the Enjoy Coffee set, in Black Licorice ink.  I detail cut half the heart out and adhered it to the top of the bird. 
To finish the card, I added the bird to the card with foam squares.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Love quail :) Featured them on my blog today :) When we lived in Prescott we had families of quail come to visit. So enjoyed watching them :)