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Hello Stamping Friends,
What a wonderful summer it has been as we traveled to Yellowstone and camped at the base of the Grand Tetons and then traveled to a wedding shower and traveled again for the wedding celebration and traveled to be the guest presenter at a Stamp A Stack. Whew….. it is good to be home. The yard is glad we are home as well.
Amid all the traveling I even had club here in Castle Rock!
I love most all things “bird” and fell in love with the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP), so for club we made a Bird House fancy fold card. I made a second one for my husband so I will show both.
The card on the left uses current Stampin’ Up! products whereas the one on the right uses two punches for the roof that are retired.
The fold is a fun diagonal fold and I cut the inside whisper white layer to have a matching angle so I could use one of the larger birds on top of the heart. Here is a close up:
The roof has three layers of scallops cut from the ‘Stitched Labels’ framelits, a ‘Flourish Thinlit’ strip cut out and then cut right down the middle and mounted on two strips of blue mitered at the top to make the gables. Part of a flourish from the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelits’ and a little heart from ‘Stitched Labels’ was used. A 1″ punched circle of soft suede is sponged and popped up behind the heart cut out. Sponging is added to give depth to the Soft Suede and a rhinestone is added for a little sparkle:
The dimensions will be below but let’s compare the other card and some of the differences on it:
Aren’t those birds just the cutest!! TIP: When fussy cutting your birds and flowers do not cut clear into the legs or the branches, just use Stampin’ Blends or markers that match the background and color the small areas to match. This keeps the cut out image stronger and it is not noticeable. I used soft suede between the legs of the bird that was over the circle and Balmy Blue for between the legs that were outside of the circle. Can you tell? Hmmm.. I think I will go back and color all the edges on the cut out bird on the first card instead of leaving a little white like I have trained myself to do in fussy cutting.
The gables are from the retired ‘Dotted Scallop Punch’ and the scallops are from a retired ‘Scallop Punch but – –
The ‘hello’ sign is still current in the ‘Barn Door’ stamp set and has framelits to cut it out in the ‘Sliding Door’ framelits. We have used this set multiple times so it is a must for a stamp collection. I stamped the sign once in Soft Suede and once in Flirty Flamingo and then cut out just the hello of the Flirty Flamingo and popped it up.
I used the ‘Crackle Paint’ stamp on both cards but on the second card I scored and folded the card and then ran it through the Big Shot with the current ‘Pinewood Planks 3D’ embossing folder.
What a different look! You could run the front and back through the Big Shot separately if you didn’t want the middle fold to have different directions on the wood look.
I did a straight cut on the top of the Whisper White inside layer instead of angles like the first card. Here is a close up:
TIP: With cards like these that don’t stand up nicely by themselves I like to make a CARD STAND 3 3/4″ X 2 1/2″ scored and folded 1/4″ on each end of the long end.
Dimensions and supplies used:
Card Base: 10 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ Score at 5 3/8″
-Mark 3 3/8″ from each end on both sides and score diagonally
-Make the birdhouse hole by laying the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Circle Framelits 1 1/16″ from the edge of the framelit to the edge of the bottom and the right and left sides. Cut and then sponge the edge with Balmy Blue.
-Mask the back of the card base and stamp the front with the Crackle Stamp in Balmy Blue. Run through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing Folder if desired.
Roof: Soft Suede 3″ square cut in half.
-Roof Scallops: (3) Soft Suede 6″ X 1/2″ cut with the ‘Be Mine Stitched Framelit’ and then cut to 4 1/4″ X 1 1/4″ . I found it easier to cut it wide and then trim to 1/4″ wide by laying the large part of scallop at 3/8″ on the trimmer. Sponge the edges of each. Offset your rounded part of the scallop with the previous indent of the scallop as you layer them.
-Once the scallops are adhered you can cut the little heart using the ‘Stitched Labels’ tiny heart.
-Circle behind the heart: punch 1″ of Soft Suede and sponge it deeply then pop it up behind the heart.
Pop up the roof with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card base.
Gables: (2) 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ Balmy Blue strips mitered for top. Tip: Lay the strips on top of each other and cut through both at the same time to have a nice mitered edge or make a 45 degree cut at each end by lining up at 1/2 of a square on the Stampin’ Trimmer.
Gable Decoration: (1) 5 1/4″ X 3/4″ Soft Suede cut with the ‘Flourish Thinlits Die’ and then cut straight down the middle to make one for each side. Glue the Soft Suede on the Balmy Blue strips and pop up the gables on the top of the roof with its scallops.
Scrap of Balmy Blue: Cut out the flourish from ‘Be Mine’ stitched framelits. It has five branches and I cut off the outer two so it fit at the top of the roof. Add a rhinestone.
Scrap of Whisper White 1 1/2″ X 1″ stamped in Flirty Flamingo with “Hello” from Fourishing Phrases and punched with a small oval punch -retired- but we have the layering ovals that would work great. Sponge the edge with your Flirty Flamingo.
Fussy cut your bird from the Bird Ballad DSP and mount with dimensionals.
Inside: Whisper White: 5″ X 3 1/2″. Lightly pencil mark 3 1/4″ from bottom of the right and left and mark the top middle at 1 3/4″ and then diagonally cut from the sides to the middle. Or make a 3 1/2″ X 3 1/4″ rectangle if you don’t want the angled top.
For the inside I used Flourishing Phrases for the greetings and created a mask to sponge the heart by cutting out of a sticky note the third largest of the scalloped hearts in the Be Mine stitched framelits dies. You could use printer paper if you don’t have a large sticky note just be sure to use washi tape to hold it in place while you sponge the heart to the desired color. I fussy cut another bird and flowers to go around the heart and positioned them so they wouldn’t show through the front entrance but you could have a bird peeking out of the entrance for fun as one of my club members chose to do. It was cute.
Embellish with rhinestones! Send to your favorite bird lover or to your lover as I did with the second one which uses the “I love our life together” from the ‘Meant To Be’ Stamp set.