In New York City, we started our first day of Spring with more snow & cold temperatures! Spring has sprung but Winter is not ready to go just yet … but that didn’t stop me from making a greeting card celebrating my favorite Spring colors: yellow & green!
Here’s how you can create this happy “thank you so much” card:
1. Choosing a dark colored paper for the base card will make just about any Spring color pop! I opted for brown colors to balance out the yellows and greens. The size for the base card here is 4.25 inches wide by 4.25 inches tall. Round all corners with a ¼ inch corner punch.
2. The second layer is a light grey colored linen cardstock. Cut out a piece 3⅞ inches wide by 3⅞ inches tall. Take your ¼ inch corner punch and again round all corners. Stamp your sentiment in the middle of the card. I wanted to create a shadow effect so I first stamped the image with a white ink, then a light brown ink, and finished with a darker brown ink. I just love the way the sentiment came out!
3. Now, to stencil the background on this second layer: cover up your sentiment with masking tape, place your stencil on top of this layer, tape down, and apply ink with a sponge dauber. I chose a white ink to brighten up the grey. Finish this layer by coloring the edges with a brown ink (I opted for Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Ranger).
4. Before gluing the second layer to the base card, wrap some yellow twine around the top. A tiny knot in the top right corner will do (you don’t really want a fancy bow as it would take away the spotlight from the sentiment and the bird). Apply 3D foam squares to the back of this second layer and adhere to the base card.
5. Diecut the bird twice. Apply 3D foam squares to the back of the first bird and glue on top of the second bird. Doing this adds dimension to the bird! Glue the birds’ toes together with a teeny tiny dot of glue (Google tells me that most birds have 4 toes on each foot, but, well, this one here has only 3).
You create the twig using the Grass die and cutting off two of the grass leaves. Glue this piece underneath the birds’ toes. Now, add 3D foam to the back of the bird and adhere to the card. My husband said: “It’s as if the bird is about to fly off the card!” (thank you babe, that’s the effect I was hoping for and you just told me it worked :).
6. Almost done! Stamp a dozen or so leaves and color them in using watercolor markers (I used only 7 leaves for this card but was happy to be able to choose, especially as every leaf is different using the watercolor effect). Arrange them on the card as you wish, and glue down (I used my preferred glue, Glossy Accents).
7. Finish off the card with some bling! I chose yellow gemstones to bring together the yellows from the twine and the bird.
Would you like to receive a happy “thank you so much” card like this one in the mail?
Have a wonderful week everyone!
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Paper: * Alezan Boa Cult (Gmund, 300gr); * Linnenkarton (Wings of Paper, 250gr); * BlancBeige Blanc (Gmund, 240gr); Casablanca Bumble Bee (Cover, 80lb)
Metal Die: * Birds (Marianne Design Collectables, COL1311); Grass (Impression Obsession Stamps, DIE038-J)
Stamp: * Botanicals (Scrappy Cat, SCR1018); Dilly Dally “Adventures” Stamps (My Mind’s Eye, MC0163)
Stencil: Dutch Mask Art A5 Flower (Dutch Doobadoo)
Ink: * White (Hero Arts, Hero Hues Dye Ink); * Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger); Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink (ColorBox); * Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko, VF-82)
Gemstone: Elements Yellow 3mm (Crystal Stickers, #2537)
Ribbon: * Yellow Twine (American Crafts)
Other: * Glossy Accents (Inkssentials, Ranger); * 3D Foam Squares; watercolor markers (green hues, mix of markers from: * Kuretake ZIG Art & Graphic Twin, Ranger Distress, TomBow ABT, Marvy LePlume); * ZIG BrushH2O Detailer Tip (Kuretake); * ZIG BrushH2O Medium Tip (Kuretake); * Sponge Dauber (ImagineCrafts); Corner Squeeze Punch ¼” Round (Fiskars)