Hi Crafters!

I’m back.  It’s finally summer and I have some time for crafting again.  Or, rather, summer school starts tomorrow so I’m procrastinating again.  Either way, I made a quick and fun set of cards using just the “Paper Bird” stamp set (a hostess exclusive stamp that is available this month courtesy of our special) and some of my favorite colors.  Check out what we can do with just one stamp set a few embellishments.

Butterfly Bokeh cardThis is my favorite of the set.  I used a variation of a technique called Bokeh.  There are several ways to do this, but I used a sponge and three different colors.  Starting with the lightest color (Thistle on this card) I sponged it onto my white Daisy cardstock (cut at 3.75 by 5).  I then added a darker color (Gypsy here), and finally sponged some of my darkest color (Indian Corn Blue) to get the desired look on the background.  For the white circles I made a template (I used the Cricut to cut different sized circles out of scrap cardstock).  I then held the template over my card and used a dauber and White Daisy ink to add different sized circles.

Pigment Inking Tip: The white ink is a pigment ink, so it is slow drying.  Be sure to lift the template completely off your paper before moving it to avoid smearing your circles.  Also be sure to make different sized circles, overlap some, and make some darker than others.  Have fun and each background will be unique and beautiful!

After allowing the background to dry (I used my heat gun because I’m impatient), I stamped the butterfly from “Paper Birds” in Indian Corn Blue Pigment ink.  I then added clear embossing powder to the image and heat set it to get the sparkly effect.  I did the “greetings” sentiment the same way using thistle pigment ink.  The last step was to attach my decorated white page to a Thistle card base (made by cutting 2 8.5 by 5.5 pieces and folding each in half).

Embossing Tip: Embossing works better with the pigment ink because it is slow drying (you will have time to get the powder to stick before the ink dries).  You will want to make sure your background is completely dry and then sprinkle the embossing powder on the image right after stamping.  *Be sure to powder over scrap paper so that you can re-use the extra powder.  You will want to heat the embossing powder until it dries – you will be able to see when it changes color and becomes shimmery.

Heart Bokah cardI had so much fun with the bokeh technique that I wanted to try another one.  This card was made the same way, except that I cut a stencil with heart shapes this time and used that to add white hearts (instead of the circles I used above).  This time I used the pieces I cut out from my stencil.  I stamped the heart sentiment on them using the same colors as my background.  I also used 3D foam tape to pop the middle heart up off the page.  This time I embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder. I attached the stamped background piece to the other thistle card base I cut for the prior card.

bird embossedI decided to change up the background a bit with this card.  I used a white card base and a scrap of White Daisy (cut to 4.25 by 5.5 to match a card front).  I embossed the scrap with our dot embossing folder and then cut out a circle.  I covered the hole with thistle paper (just taped to the back of the embossed piece) and then cut a slightly smaller circle from scrap White Daisy to stamp the bird.  I stamped the bird in Thistle ink and attached it to the card front (over the thistle).  I ran thistle ribbon across the bottom of the embossed piece and used adhesive to attach it to the back before placing the whole thing on my card base.

Ribbon Tip: To get the knot where I wanted it, I used a second piece of ribbon.  The first ribbon went straight across the bottom of the card.  I tied a smaller piece in a knot and glued it so its tails went where I wanted them.

Are you ready to have fun with the Paper Birds stamp set now!  I would love to hear about what you create!

Happy crafting!

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