It’s Your Bird-Day!

Hello my friends! Bird motifs continue to be one of the original and lasting favorite subjects of card makers. It’s no secret why. They are cheerful images and have so many parallels to themes of love, friendship, good luck, etc. Today I have a card featuring two cute little birds in a “bird-day” card.

I began by making a brick wall background using a stencil and Matt Chalk Polish from Cosmic Shimmer and an A2 sized piece of Stardream Metallic Rose Quartz Cardstock. I went for a weathered look and applied it thin and not all the way to the edges of the panel.

I wanted to show you the interesting texture created by the matt blocks and the shimmer of the pink cardstock peaking through. It makes an elegant but still casual background.

Next, I cut the bird pieces out and pieced them. This charming die set is called Tweet Hearts and is from Kat Scrappiness. I used Pop Tone Banana Split and Whip Cream. It was very easy as here’s only two pieces to each bird. Before I attached the white wings, I used a black marker to put some black touches to their wings, heads and tails. I also used orange marker on their legs. I added a bit of black cardstock behind the girl bird’s eye and a red beak. For that I used Pop Tone Black Licorice and Wild Cherry. The cute bird cage was cut out of Silver Bright Foil Cardstock. The Hearts are Wild Cherry and the wood bottom is Pop Tone Hot Fudge.

I used recycled acetate packaging to make a window for the bird cage and placed two layers of 1/8″ double sided foam tape on the edges so it could clear the shaker bits I planned to use. I stacked the shaker bits where I wanted the cage to be and secured it over the bits. Then I added the birds and hearts to the top of the acetate. This makes it look more like a platform than a cage which I think is more appealing. Who wants to put two little birds in a cage? Ha, ha! I added a small twine bow at the top with a pearl in the center. To secure the chain and provide something for the platform to be attached to, I punched a lace border out of Stardream Metallic Aquamarine Cardstock. I added a strip of heart washi tape to the top before adding it to my card. I made sure the top of the chain would be secured under the border so it wouldn’t be hanging in space.

Here’s a closeup of the birds and shaker bits. So cute! At this point, I cut a scalloped circle out of more Stardream Rose Quartz and heat embossed it with black. I added blue pearl embellishments to it and added a few more next to the bottom of the bird platform.

These birdies turned out super cute and I think the texture of mixing matt paint with shimmer cardstock is very pleasing. Great cardstock is a necessity for making great cards. Pop Tone and Stardream Metallic cardstocks are perfect for your dies. They are the right weight and have beautiful smooth finishes. Please visit the CutCardStock store to get the best cardstock at an affordable price.

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