I also cut out the branch free hand. Its something similar to what Jennifer McGuire did a while back. I found that the it actually looked better the messier my cutting was! How great is that? The little bumps and imperfections make it look more realistic.
Hey Everyone! Its no secret that I love owls. One of the many great things about owls are that they are a perfect image for the oh-so-difficult cards for guys. I think they have the potential to be quite manly. :) For example check out this card I put together.One of my favorite tricks to coloring images quickly is to start with a colored piece of paper or one that has a slight pattern (like the owl) and just do the shading with a slightly darker colored pencil. Its colored in no time!