I have another birthday card for you today. This one is for my husband. These are always the hardest for me since I want them to be just right (and he saves them all…so sweet!). Fortunately this awesome sketch at Freshly Made Sketches from the wonderful Jen Mitchell got me moving in just the right direction.
I was a little late to party in ordering these Lovely Layers: Winter Birds dies from Honey Bee Stamps. Somehow I thought I didn’t need them. Hilarious, I know! Well they showed up on Monday and I made this yesterday. I inked a panel of watercolor paper with a combination of red inks, starting with Candied Apple Distress Oxide, adding in some regular Candied Apple Distress and spritzing on some Pumice Stone Distress Spray. I cut the three layers of the cardinal and then sponged on some Pumice Stone Distress Ink at the edges for definition. I took the scrap and layered some black ink on the corner to cut the feet and face piece from it. On the other corner, I added some Crackling Campfire for the beak.
I glued the bird together making sure I left the feet layer with a way to put over the branches. For the branches and leaves, I spritzed watercolor paper with the Pumice Stone Distress Spray for the speckles. Once dry, I brushed on the brown and green Distress Inks and then cut them out with the Winter Greenery die set. Next up was the embossed panel. I have also been late to the party on these 3D embossing folders. Um, wow. This panel was intended as a practice one for just playing. I embossed first, then spritzed with Distress Sprays, then inked with Distress Oxide Ink. Not the order I would choose again but it was just right for this little section I needed. Yay! I placed all of this on a patterned paper piece from the Grain and Grunge Paper Pack and added a sentiment from the Inside: Birthday Sentiments set.
Since the sketch has a slimline look to it, I used a general shape of one. Mine is 6″ x 3 3/4″. A bit non-standard but I chose that to fit the bird (and I don’t have to mail the card). The team has a beautiful variety of cards to share so come over and join us. Thanks so much for stopping in today!
This is a real WOW card! Those twigs look so realistic — I had to really zoom in to tell they weren’t plucked from your backyard.
I love this card! If I didn’t already have those birds I would be getting them after seeing this card! M is going to love it! I didn’t realize our husband’s birthdays were so close together!
Bravo! I love everything about this card!
I’ve got to agree with Amy. This card is amazing! I love the warm colors and the texture too.
Lovely card. All the great textures and dies here make this extra special.
This is the perfect masculine card and this bird is fabulous!