My dad spends the bulk of his retirement check each month on black oil sunflower seeds, coarse cracked corn, and suet. He faithfully feeds the birds--and squirrels, and chipmunks, and woodchucks--who come to our feeders and munch from dishes on the front steps. The birds and small mammals provide us with hours of entertainment in return. I swear that my mother speaks chipmunk fluently! This time of year we've added grape jelly and oranges to the grocery list for the orioles. I decided that a card with birds on it would be perfect for my dad's Fathers Day card.
I started by smearing Distress Ink stamp pads ( bundled sage, forest moss, stormy sky, tumbled glass, broken china) across watercolor paper and then added water with a paintbrush to blend the colors. I spattered the paper while it was still wet by tapping the paintbrush against an ink case. I dried the paper then with a heat tool.
I randomly stamped Birds in the Trees D 1365 with Ancient Page Coal Black ink on the paper. I used a one-inch square punch to cut out tiny images for my card front. I mounted each square on black cardstock.
I arranged the squares and pop-dotted them on the front of a pale blue notecard and added a green/blue sheer ribbon tied in a bow on the left of the images. With a white interior on this card, I have plenty of room to write a special message to my dad.