Bringing in Spring & Easter with Birdhouse Card

I know it’s been a minute since my last post. I’ve really been focused more on, however cardmaking is still in my blood. I continue to watch YT videos and keep up with new releases from my favorite craft companies. Though I’m not buying, I challenge myself to shop my own stash.

So, I like watching Nichol Sphor’s monthly series, “Making the Cut” for Simon Says Stamp. Her last video, “Spring Birdhouse Scene Card” inspired me so much! I LOVE birds, birdhouses and we watch them literally when hubby and I go out. We have so many types of birds that visit us on the Pacific coast and they are so fun to follow around! I probably should buy up all the birdhouse dies I can find! LOL 😀

Like I said, I’m not buying any cardmaking anything right now, but I knew I had some of the elements she used in her video so I shopped my stash! My birdhouse comes from Honey Bee Stamps and it’s actually a 2-story die set but I used only 1 for my cards. Check out this post to see how I used the full 2-story die!

The leaves are from My Favorite Things, the flowers from Spellbinders, my birds are from Simon Says Stamp, the pattern paper I used to die cut my birdhouses are “Dress my Craft” Magnolias 12 x 12 and the background is a 3D embossing folder, “Aloha” Tropical Collection from Sara Davies. Unfortunately, I can’t find this embossing folder so I’m not sure it’s available at the time of this post.

I did a LOT of ink blending, because I wanted to distress all the elements of my cards. My favorite ink for distressing is Distress Traditional “Vintage Photo”. I die cut all my other pieces except the birdhouse and the birds’ wings with white cardstock. I die cut the birds wings and top of their heads with yellow cardstock then ink blended those parts with Vintage photo, but their bodies with “Old Paper” Distress ink. I tried to keep the bodies light in the center, I didn’t want bright white and I like the result I got when using Old Paper.

I added a little extra touch to the birds’ beaks. I colored them orange with my Pentel fine point marker.

There’s also a little bit of green ink blending too on the card panel but honestly I don’t remember what color I used. So sorry, I’m getting old LOL!

I also wanted some dimension on the roof of the birdhouse so I die cut that piece twice as well as the door. Added the red heart in the center on the houses, they add such a cute decoration. I LOVE how the leaves have that rustic look and that’s what I was going for. It’s awesome to create in your head an idea and then pull it off perfectly!

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After doing all my die cutting and ink blending, it was time to piece everything together so first the birdhouses and while that was drying, I worked on the leaves and flowers. I die cut the leaves with green cardstock (different shades) and ink blended them with Rustic Wilderness Distress Traditional ink. For the flowers, I die cut them on red cardstock but didn’t do any ink blending on them. I just added some white pearl enamel dots from my stash to the centers.

I adhered the card panels to my cardbases and added the birdhouses on an angle to give the cards a bit for interest and something whimsical. I worked on my birds next and placed the leaves/flowers around my birdhouses, then added the birds. Last but not least was the sentiments. I wanted a rustic feel, yes, but I also wanted the cards to be bright and have a Spring feel. I looked through my sentiment strips from Simon and found in my stash a few that I had foiled on my Mini Minc machine, they were left over from an Easter card project a year or so ago. Perfect!

I adore these sentiments, so inspiring and encouraging. We all need hope in the world. Easter is that time of the year that I celebrate the coming of my Savior, Jesus Christ and the hope He brought and still brings.

I typically donate 90% of my cards but every now and again I make a card that I want to keep for myself and I think these are those type of cards 🙂

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