Country Birdhouse

I am trying to get into a routine of writing a blog on each of my Timeout Thursday sessions with more details on my cards. This week it is the turn of Country Birdhouse.

When you look it up on Pinterest, you find lots and lots of cards with birdhouses. I wanted to try and do something a little different if I could, using the stamp set, dies and DSP. I often get my best inspiration while I sleep and this week was no exception!!!!

My first card is actually a very easy card, but I love the effect that it gives. I wanted to mainly use white in this card so started off with a basic white base and my top layer is also white. I scored top and bottom of this layer at 0.8cm; 1cm and 1.2cm. about 6cms from the short edge of the cardstock. I wanted a very soft look, so I thought Bubble Bath would be a good choice for colour. The first thing I did was get out my Stamperatus. I know it is no longer available, but I love mine and for accuracy of sentiment placement or using large stamps, you cannot beat it!!!

The sentiment was stamped in the middle of the top layer and then I added some single flowers in Memento Black around it using my block. I coloured these lightly with Bubble Bath ink. I used white cardstock for the leaves. I used a blending brush and Soft Sea Foam and lightly coloured the cardstock. I then cut out several leaves from it. I added glue dots to these and randomly placed them around the sentiment and flowers and added Wink of Stella to the petals and some mini pearls in the centre of them.

The card was put together using stampin’ seal. The card measurements are: Base – 21 x 14.9cm; 1st layer – 10 x 14.3cm; 2nd layer 9.5 x 13.8cm.

The second card was inspired by Creativity Now a few weeks ago. It was a card that was just shown, but not created online. It is called a Triple Fold Card, I think!! I used a Petal Pink base (same measurements as above but folded the front of the card back at the half way point. To this I added Country Lace DSP (4.9 x 14.3cm) to these halves – opening up the card and placing it on what used to be the inside of the card!! I then cut out a piece of Basic White cardstock (20 x 14.3cm) scoring it in half. I ran one half of this through the embossing machine using the Eyelet Embossing folder. The un-embossed half was then glued to the right inside of the card, leaving the embossed layer free. When the card is folded it looks like it has three layers. I cut a piece of Basic White (8.5 x 11.5 cm) and used blending brushes to add some Petal Pink and Smoky Slate to it.

For the front of the card, I die cut the birdhouse in DSP and the roof parts in white, Smokey Slate and Petal Pink and the floor of the birdhouse in Smoky Slate. I added a circle of contrasting DSP for the hole in the birdhouse. The final layer of the roof was raised up on Foam strips.. I also used the blending brush with Smoky Slate to add some contrast to the Smoky Slate pieces.

Lots of flowers were cut out in Basic White and Petal Pink and leaves in Soft Sea Foam. I coloured the white flowers with a little Petal Pink blend and the centre of the flower Smoky Slate. These were then assembled around the birdhouse (see picture). I coloured some mini pearls with Smoky Slate and glued these to the centre of the flowers.

Inside I added a few flowers and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black on the non embossed piece of Basic White.

The third card uses a piece of Basic White (9.5 x 13.8cm) with some Balmy Blue Blending on it. This was then glued to a piece of Misty moonlight cardstockk. A long window box is cut out from Country Woods DSP and glued on this layer. I stamped some flowers in Memento Black and coloured them in with Blends – Azure Afternoon, Lemon Lolly, Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler and Granny Apple Green and highlighted the flowers with Wink of Stella. They were placed on the window box using dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Black using the Stamperatus again. It was placed on a Basic White base and some Rhinestone Basic jewels were added to the centre of the large flowers.

All these cards are my original design and I really hope you like them.

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