115 posts categorized "Birds"

09/16/2017

Sat 16

Christmas Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hi Friends!  

Do you like puzzles?  I do, and this card reminds me of one--just a bit.  Today's card features the Soaring Bird die which cuts several layers of the beautiful bird's outstretched wings.  So I chose to layer the colors.


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Here's a close up...I die cut the bird in four different colors, 2 blues, a grey and a white.  The deepest blue was used for the body/outline and the other colors were for the detailing.  

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To start, I placed the outline piece face down on a craft sheet then added tiny amounts of wet glue to all areas.  It's important to use very tiny amounts so the glue doesn't gush out when it is positioned onto the background panel.  

Rather than pick up the die cut with wet glue on the back, carefully aligned the background panel over-top the die cut and lowered it onto the adhesive.  By leaving it on your craft sheet, the bird will maintain its original shape and not stretch-- which is important because the "puzzle pieces" will fit snugly and the openings need to remain the appropriate size. 

Next, add the interior paper pieces choosing from the 4 different colors already die cut.  A tiny bit of glue on the reverse side of each piece, and tweezers for placement is all that's needed.   

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Next, die cut the pretty Holly Collage leaves in a few shades of green, adhere near the bird's feet and add some bright red gem stones.  Add the panel to a note card, stamp and adhere the sentiment--done!  

Hope you're starting to feel inspired to start your Christmas cards---anyone started yet?

Bonus: Don't forget you have enough pieces left over to make 3 more cards for a variety of pretty birds!

  Jennysig


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08/10/2017

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

07/29/2017

Sat 29

Bright Felt Resting Birds on the New Snowy Pine
by Jean Okimoto

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Branches of the new Snowy Pine welcome a trio of bright felt Resting Birds.  Their colors - bright and a bit un-birdy - really pop against a background cut with a die from the new Wrapped Stitch Rectangle 5-piece set.  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here today.  Looking for a unique card that's easy to mass-produce?  This could be the answer!  It's not just simple in design - Resting Birds cuts five birds at once, so also you'll have an instant supply of 15 birds in three colors to mix and match on your cards. 

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from natural cardstock.  Cut Snowy Pine from glittered silver cardstock.  Cut the stars from gold mirror cardstock with the Starlit Breeze die.  

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to wool-blend orange, red and bright pink felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

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Quick and easy cards are the way to go - even when there's still plenty of time till Christmas. Create a stash of them now and cross "make cards"  off your to-do list. You'll have more time to make (or enjoy)  cookies and dark chocolate truffles in December.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

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07/26/2017

Wed 26

Blessed
by Sherry Hester

Hello, everyone! As others have said, creating winter cards takes a little bit of the edge off of the simmering summer heat!

As soon as I saw the Soaring Bird die from the new holiday release, I fell in love. Lots of possibilities with this one! I started out by cutting a light blue piece of card stock to 3.75" x 5.5". I decided to use the  negative space of the die cut bird as a stencil, and sponged the open area with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

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This creates a background for all of the open spaces of the die cut bird. I actually liked to softness of the stenciled look, which I'm likely to use on another card. I decided to die cut three of the birds and stack them for depth.  I also cut two of the Woodland Branch die, an oldie but goodie die that I hope is never retired!

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I adhered one bird over the stenciled image, then added glue to the top of that one and the second bird, which made it easy to line them up evenly.

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I then laid one of the Woodland Branches under the bird at an angle, and snipped apart the second branch in a couple of places so that I could position the pieces where I wanted. I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I added clear glitter to the bird's head and wings. To create the falling snow, I used Chunky White embossing powder, sprinkled it around and melted them by using the heat tool underneath the card stock. I then adhered the assembled piece to an A-2 top-folding white card base.

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I hope you enjoy this card! I'm so glad you dropped by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Sherrysig


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07/16/2017

Sun 16

Hello Friend
by Penny Ward

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Hello.... Penny here today on the blog bringing you another new release for the summer called Bird Sanctuary. In this set you receive three different birds, four sentiments and a few accent stamps. By changing the coloring of the birds, you could turn these stamps into festive holiday cards.

For now, lets go with my Bluebird:

 

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My card base has been embossed with a woodgrain pattern.

I then popped up the die cut Pinpoint Circle Frame with foam adhesive and tucked Climbing Vine die cuts beneath the Circle after coloring with a Spectrum Noir marker and snipping them apart.

 

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The Bluebird from the Bird Sanctuary has a matching die. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers Tb2 & Tb5.

Sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Change the sentiment and you have a Sympathy card...a Baby card...a Christmas card...OK, you get the idea!

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature


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07/15/2017

Sat 15

Thinking of you
Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a card featuring one of the new stamp sets in the summer release.  These birds are so much fun to watercolor! 

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To create the card I stamped and die cut the birds from watercolor paper and painted them using watercolors.  

For the card front I painted a background on watercolor paper for the birds to rest on. Once the paper was dry, I stamped the diamonds using gold ink and the sentiment was stamped in black ink.  I spattered the background with paint.

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To finish the card I glued the watercolored card front to a Licorice cardstock layer which is adhered to a white card base.  I used foam tape to glue the birds to the card front and a few epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

Donnasignature


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07/14/2017

Fri 14

Bird Crazy
by Jenny Griffiths

Yes it's true, I am bird crazy...crazy for these new feathered friends found in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set just released this month.  Not only are the birds delightful but there are several very useful sentiment and accessory stamps included in the set.

All three cards were created with this beautiful set and a few paper scraps!


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Just a touch of color was added to the branch and bird body using Zig Clean Color markers and Copic markers--so fun! 

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This bird looks as though he's in flight so I added some ink flecks to the background area.  After stamping the bird, I cut out and positioned a mask to shield his body before flicking the gold ink onto the card.

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...and to round out the set of three bird cards, this sweet little guy is sitting so calmly on a branch with a "Thinking of You" sentiment.  The diamond pattern below him is from the stamp set as well and was added (stamped 5 times) using a stamp positioner to keep the spacing even.  


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 Remember, there is a set of coordinating dies available which adds oodles of possiblities for other creative cards.  

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I'm so happy you stopped by today and hope you love the new July release stamps and dies too!

 

 Jennysig

 


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07/13/2017

Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Sherry Hester

Greetings from sunny and very hot (and humid) Southern California!

It’s always fun to surprise a friend with a “just because” card to let them know they’re special, and today’s card would do just that. Hello Friend - 1

I love using 100 lb. white card stock to cut almost all of my dies. It’s sturdy, especially for the delicate dies, and it’s fun to sponge favorite colors onto the solid die cuts. And I love the clean and simple look of white.

So to begin, I cut a piece of white card stock cut to 3.75” x 5”. I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink ever so lightly on the left side of the card, fading it out towards the edges. I splattered the same color ink onto the entire background.

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I die cut the Honeycomb Background from white card stock and snipped away in random fashion a lot of the die cut, leaving enough to adhere over the sponged area.

I next cut two of the Climbing Vines from white card stock and sponged Peeled Paint on the stems. On the leaves, I shaded the ink upwards from the bottom of each one, then used a stylus to shape each leaf.

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The brand new Bird Sanctuary stamp set and matching dies are fabulous!! I chose one of the birds, and thank you, Laura, for the wonderful tutorial the other day on how to match up the stamps to the dies. What a time-saver! Once the bird was stamped in Versamark Onyx Black, I used a paper towel to remove the black from the branch and sponged Gathered Twigs there instead. I sponged Faded Jeans on the bird’s wings, and Seedless Preserves onto its belly along with some clear glitter, because every bird needs a little bling, right?  

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I inked the sentiment in Onyx Black and stamped where shown. I adhered the vines and popped the bird with foam tape. The assembled piece was then adhered with foam tape onto an A2 white card base, and that finished the card!   

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and if it's hot where you are, drink lots of water and stay cool!!!

Sherrysig


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07/09/2017

Sun 09

Watercolor Bird Plus MISTI Tutorial
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I am back again watercoloring one of the new clear stamp sets from Memory Box.  This time I used the Bird Sanctuary set with coordinating dies.  As I did with my previous post, I colored my central image with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers as well as a waterbrush to soften the colors.  Here is a close up of the bird:

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For the rest of the card, I cut a large white circle using the one of the nesting Circle Layers dies as well as green foliage using the Tall Fern Left Corner and Tall Fern Right corner dies.  For the sky, I used a cloud template and sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress ink to give the impression of the sky with clouds.  Finally, I added my sentiment from the same stamp set, added a few sequins and popped up the bird with some foam tape. 

I wanted to do a mini tutorial about how to line up stamp with coordinating dies.  Everyone has their own method, but I thought I would show you step by step what I do.

I start by cutting a piece of cardstock in half and then die cutting the dies from my coordinating set.  I usually cut all of the dies, even if I am not using all of the images for my current project.  After all, if you have the die cutting machine out, why not cut extra?

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In picture 1, you can see my MISTI stamp positioner.  I set aside all the birds I cut in the die cutting machine and took my half sheet of paper that had the negative space of the birds and placed it in the MISTI.

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In Picture 2, I placed the coordinating stamps in the bird shaped holes of my template I had in the MISTI.  It helps to stand up over your MISTI as you do this so that you can look straight down and move the stamps around until they are centered in each of the holes.

Shut the MISTI cover and press down so that all of your clear stamps stick to the MISTI lid.

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Picture 3- when you open the MISTI lid, you will see your template on the left with the bird shaped holes in the paper, and on the right hand side, you will have the stamps that are stuck to the lid.

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Picture 4- place your die cut birds back into the bird shaped holes of your template and ink your stamps with whatever ink you choose.  In this case, I used black Versafine since I would be watercoloring my images.

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Picture 5- close the MISTI lid and stamp the birds onto the bird die cuts.  If you don't get a clean image, reink the birds and stamp again.  I like to use the MISTI because I often have to stamp my images more than once when I am stamping on watercolor paper.

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Picture 6- Optional...  cut out lots of birds and keep repeating the process.  The step that takes the longest is making sure your stamps are centered in your template with the bird shaped holes.  Once you get everything lined up, it makes sense to stamp a bunch to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.  I usually cut a bunch and have them ready to color.

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Picture 7- I don't usually color images in advance because I don't know what colors I will want to use in the future.  However, I sometimes sit in front of the tv and get in a coloring zone.  I went ahead and colored the birds in an assortment of colors.

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Picture 8- For storage, I use a clear pocket from Avery Elle and load it with the stamps, the dies, and all of my cut images.  I do that so that I don't lose any of the small pieces and I can easily find what I am looking for.

I hope this tutorial helped.  Let me know if you have any questions or if I didn't explain something very well.

Laurasignature


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07/04/2017

Tue 04

New Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set and Die Set
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set and Die Set are ready for your summer cards - and we can't wait to share our ideas with you!  Hello and Happy 4th of July if you're celebrating today - Jean Okimoto here with one of many designs featuring the 5 new clear stamp sets and and 2 coordinating die sets.

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Stamp the bird on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die - leave the paper in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides lightly onto the bird.  The ink stays inside the lines this way.

Sponge Peeled Paint lightly onto the branch.  Use a waterbrush to paint a light layer of Fired Brick Distress Oxide over the green...now it's brown!  

Paint the beak with Spiced Marmalade.  

Blend the colors of the bird with a waterbrush for a soft watercolored look.  (I hope!)

Here's a tip - tape the inside of the Grove Collage die to the front of the open card for diecutting.  The center portion will be cut out, then tossed - so it's OK if the tape damages that section.  Attach the bird to a top-folded light green A-2 card.

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Use a stamp positioner to stamp the "Hello friend" - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - onto the inside of the card with Peeled Paint.  Heat-set it.  Repeat the process with the "I'm here for you" stamp.  

Attach pale aqua gem stickers.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SUMMER BLISS class at Impress this morning. Yes, Impress has holiday hours for our class and your shopping trip today!  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day.

Jeansignature-3

 

 


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