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40 posts categorized "Birds"

Using a Die to Make a Stencil
by Janet Katz

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We're celebrating texture this month on our challenge, so I decided to try something different. I used a die to create a stencil and applied texture paste to showcase the die's design.
I started with the watercolor paper and liberally applied blue ink and water to create a mottled blue "wash" over the paper. I dried this with a heat gun and set it aside. Next, I used the Gilded Plate die to cut out a paper stencil from lightweight cardstock. I taped down the die cut on my watercolor paper and spread a thin layer of crackle paste over it. I quickly lifted the paper stencil as soon as I was done. Making a stencil from paper or cardstock means it is one use only. There's no way to clean it and use it again.
 
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After the paste was dry and cracked, I rubbed a little brown ink into the crackle to emphasize the texture (I was experimenting, for sure). I trimmed this panel down to 4" x 5.25" as I knew I wanted to mat it later. Next, I was ready for my foreground. I used the Floral Cluster die to cut out two shapes from watercolor paper (using the less-textured side face up this time). I used watercolor brushes in two colors of green to paint these dies.
 
I used the bird from the Bird House Easel Pop Up set to cut two birds - one from red cardstock and the other from watercolor cardstock. I used an orange watercolor brush to paint one beak and trimmed this bird to easily fit behind the red one. I snipped the beak off the red bird and used a black marker to color the face and throat (the etching on the die guides you where to color). Finally, I layered the red bird on top of the one with the orange beak to make one cardinal.
 
Next, I used the Potpourri Flower Set to cut out a lot of flowers from white cardstock. I colored the center of each with a yellow watercolor brush. I assembled all these pieces on top of the watercolor panel. I used foam adhesive to pop up the cardinal and three of the largest flowers.
 
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I matted the panel on to a cardbase that was the same color as my watercolor. Finally, I stamped the "Hello Lovely" sentiment from the Colorful Life Clear Stamp set in black ink on white cardstock and trimmed it at a diagonal, adding a small piece of the same color cardstock just behind it. I finished the card by adhering this to my card.
 
Have you tried any fun texture techniques lately? Share them in this month's challenge.
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Springtime Hugs
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

We've got longer days, more sunshine, and spring is right around the corner! I felt inspired to create a bright and airy elegant card in a super trendy color combination right now, dark navy blue, crisp white, and pale pink. Take a look!

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I started with a dark navy card base, and added the new Flower Field Frame in a bright, crisp white. This color combination feels so fresh and elegant, and reminds me of spring weddings and fancy affairs. I then cut the Freestyle Hugs in a bright pink and white, and placed it right in the middle.

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I then cut the Little Hummingbirds in a pale pink glitter paper, and finished all the flower centers with tiny Fairy Jewels in pale pink. Easy Breezy, with a fancy attention to details.

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This sweet card is perfect for so many occasions. How might it inspire YOU?

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Best Wishes
by Sue McRae

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Happy Monday crafters, Sue here with an easel card that’s perfect for the guy in your life. I have a hard time making masculine cards but with the right colour choices and the addition of a little plaid you can be well on your way for a more masculine project.

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Today I’m using the Bird House Pop Up Easel Die set. This set can make a card that has a wintry feel but if you leave off the snowy borders these dies are great all year long.

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I chose to use colours from the Fresh Aqua Paper Pad and found a plaid patterned paper that matched perfectly. I really like the little bit of plaid peeking out around the edges of the house, it adds some whimsy to the design.

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The cardinal was die cut from red paper and I added a bit of dark red ink around the edges to add depth.

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Instead of my usual white card base I went with cream to go along with the cream stripes in the plaid. I stamped the sentiment in the bird house door and added another sentiment on the inside of the card. This one is popped up so it can keep the easel card standing up.

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This card mails flat in an A2 envelope, which I love! You can easily turn this into a pretty spring card by using pastel papers and embellishing the bird house with flowers and leaves. It’s such a versatile die set to have in your stash. Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful week!

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Bird House Card
Candice Crawford

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Well Hello there Crafty friends, and to all the viewers in the United States, "Happy Thanksgiving."  The winter season is now among us here in Michigan and what better way to bring on the the season than a festive winter themed card. The Bird House Pop-Up Easel set paird with the new Wintertime Sentiments stamps make a great combo. 

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For the card base I am using a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of plaid pattern paper from the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 Paper Pad from Memory Box that I adhered to a white cardbase. This patterned paper goes well with any woodsy themed project and is perfect for masculine themed cards. 

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Although this die set is meant to make pop-up easel cards the focal image of the birdhouse and bird are great die cut imges for regular A2 size or A7 size cards. The birdhouse was die cut from the new woodgrain cardstock from Memory Box and the snow and accents, cardinal, greenery and bird house accents were all die cut from colored cardstock scraps from my stash. 

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This die set is a must have for your collection as it can be used for various seasons, and perfect for masculine card desings. The sentiment was stamped in Versa Fine Onxy Black ink. While the birdhouse was sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink to provide more dimension and depth to the the focal image of the card.  The whole image was popped up on 3M foam tape. 

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I sincerely hope you have enjoyed today's card share and found inspiration. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time Happy Crafting! 

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Leave a Little Sparkle

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Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing a sparkling, shiny card featuring a flamboyance of flamingoes! When I saw that darling sentiment from the Whittle Everyday clear stamp set, I knew it would be perfect for the little Whittle Flamingoes! They are just so pretty, wading through the water, leaving a trail of glitter and sparkle wherever they go! Take a look!

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I used shiny glitter paper to create this slimline card, using the Leafy Vines Slim Plate, and adding a few flamingoes and glittery trees to create a vibrant Florida scene.

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I cut all of my flamingoes, palm trees, and waves out of glitter paper, then assembled it all together.

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I adhered my glittery waves first, and then took a look at my leafy vines. I decided to trim some of them down just a little bit to make the flamingoes and trees stand out a little more.

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I added the flamingoes and trees, and the stamped sentiment, embellished with a few sparkly Fairy Jewels from Memory Box Open Studio. Just like the sentiment reads, you have got to spread that sparkle wherever you go!

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This sparkly slimline will brighten anyone's day! It has FLAMINGOES! 

Thank you so much for joining us today!

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Tickled Pink
by Nancy Penir

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When I compose a card, it's usually with a purpose in mind, like a birthday, or get well. Hi there Poppy friends! Nancy here, and I've got a fun Whittle card for you today, with a technique using embossing folders and ink pads.

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The embossing folder is brushed with ink, either using the ink pad directly or with a brush. Direct application of the ink pad gives it a richer more vibrant color. It's your choice as to what you want the background to look like. Soft or vibrant. Then the paper is inserted in the ef, and run through the machine.

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This card was done with the ink pad. 

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I took this picture outside, which gives a better color representation. I love how the wave crests stay white.

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Indoors, lighting is always tricky. The colors seem softer.

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Poppystamps embossing folders are amazing! Deep and textured, you can see the waves and how they roll. 

Hope you try this technique, if you haven't already. Lots of embossing folders to choose from in the shop right now.

Happy Crafting!

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