Welcome to my crafty blog. Today’s card uses the ‘birds and branches’ stamps and dies from Stampin’ Up – this is a really sweet set which works for a variety of occasions. I’ve used it for new baby cards in the past (the eggs and nest are perfect), but today went for a birthday theme, inspired by a couple of blog challenges. LeAnne has chosen the colours for this week’s theme at The Paper Players, and I’ve taken the design from Wei’s sketch for CAS Colours & Sketches
I started with a piece of light kraft card, cut to fit on a 5×7 card blank, and then used the leafy circle die from the ‘birds and more’ dies to cut the aperture.
I thought that the kraft card looked too plain, so I used Claritystamp’s ‘stone wall’ stencil and ‘latte’ Adirondack to create the brick pattern across it.
The next step was to stamp and die cut the bird and flowers. I used ‘chipped sapphire’ Distress Oxide for the bird, initially sponging it onto the base stamp to give a lighter tone, and then inking the outline stamp directly from the pad for a deeper shade. The flowers were stamped using Artistry Ink in ‘fine wine’.
I nestled the bird into the branches, to pick up the smaller circle from the design sketch, gluing him into place. I then added the three flowers using foam pads. I stamped the sentiment from the ‘art gallery’ set to finish, using ‘cobalt’ Archival ink.
Now, I wasn’t sure that any bird really looks like this and was thinking about my friend Jean who likes her images to reflect reality. A quick check with my good friend Mr Google, and I discovered that I’ve actually managed to get something very like a real bluebird! Now you don’t find these in the UK, but I can live with that.