Winter Cardinal Frame
by JJ Bolton
Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a card using the lovely Serendipity Bird Frame die! Dies like this are some of my absolute favorite to work with because they are so versatile. Great for layered cards, shakers, and inlaid die cuts. For this card, I used a technique that I call inlaid aperture. The frame is inlaid into a full panel, but the parts inside the frame are not inlaid to create an opening to the background.
I started my card by die cutting the frame once using a scrap piece of white card stock. Then I went to work on my blended ink background. I got the look of snowy hills using a die cut piece as a mask. The die I used to make the mask was one of the dies from the Stitched Landscapes set. I blended some Stormy Sky ink (great blue for wintery scenes) over the mask multiple times to get this look.
After finishing the background, I went back to the die cut frame and colored just the branches and a bird with my Copic markers. The last cut was to die cut the frame into a full A2 panel to create the aperture. I inlaid my colored frame into the panel and placed it all over the background with foam tape. The final look has the panel, the frame, and the bird all on one layer.
I hope you try some of the techniques I shared today! Thanks so much for letting me share my Poppystamps card with you!