Springtime Bird Card

Sue Czosek here today with a mixed-media spring card for you. The flowers aren’t quite blooming yet, but spring is on the way. We have a lovely weeping cherry tree in our front yard with a nest left over from last year in it. This image reminds me of what will be happening in the next few months and offers a little encouragement as we go through our last few snow showers.

1. Stamp the nesting bird using black ink on white cardstock.

2. Die cut a circle from scrap paper just larger than main image.

3. Place circle over image and center. Trace circle around the image except for tail area; remove circle. Detail cut tail just up to circle edges. Position die, cutting edge down, over stamped image, leaving tail on top of die template. Die cut circle around image. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, just trace and cut out circle by hand.

4. Color the image with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. I color my image with the colors first and then use the waterbrush to soften the edges of the pigment. After it dries, I come back and add shading where needed.

5. Make kraft top-fold card. Cut blue damask paper slightly smaller than card front. Distress paper edges; sponge edges with brown dye ink.

6. Cut corrugated cardboard strip. Tie twine around cardboard.

7. Stamp sentiment onto damask paper scrap; trim to size. Distress paper edges; sponge with brown dye ink.

8. Sponge edges of image circle using blue and brown dye inks.

9. String buttons on twine.

10. Assemble card as shown.


Happy Spring Stamping!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

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