Spring Bird & Bloom Birthday Cards

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I woke up early this morning, before the sun started to rise, to the sweet sound of birds just starting to wake up and sing.  I always sleep better when it's warm enough to leave the window open, and I love it when I awaken to birds instead of an alarm clock!  It's shaping up to be a beautiful spring day here in Indiana!  I'm going to try to spend part of it outdoors, taking a long walk, and planting some flowers, and taking in a softball game.  What are you doing today?

For my projects today, I'm sharing a couple of Too Cool Team swap cards that remind me of this spring day—one bird card & one flower card!  Both are perfect birthday card ideas for spring featuring stamp sets that will be carrying over into the new catalog.

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Kathe - best birds

Created by Kathe Madsen.

1) Kathe's Best Birds Recessed Oval Birthday Card

If you enjoy birds like I do, you'll adore this sweet Best Birds card created by Kathe Madsen!  This is a fantastic stamp set, not only because of the two cool bird images, but because there are some awesome sentiments in it as well!  Plus, there are beautiful Birds & Blooms Thinlits to match! 

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Background Basics—Kathe started by cutting out a window from 4" x 5-1/4" Soft Suede card stock using the Layering Ovals Framelits, then embossing it with the Woodland Textured Impressions Folder.  She stamped the sentiment onto the top of a 3" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  To mount it onto the Crushed Curry card base, she added SNAIL to the back of the sentiment layer, then held it into position behind the window before laying it down on the card front.  Then, she mounted the window layer with a bunch of Dimensionals for a recessed window look. 

Kathe - best birds 2

Best Bird—Kathe stamped the Best Bird image in Archival Black Ink onto Whisper White card stock, then used Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen to color it in.  She did the same with the branch image, then die-cut both using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  Both are popped up with Dimensionals in the window and SNAIL was used to tack down the branch ends that hang over the textured background.  Pretty birdie!


Janet - definitely dahlia
Created by Janet Shinn.

2) Janet's Definitely Dahlia Double-Time Birthday Card

Janet Shinn used the Definitely Dahlia background stamp to create a lovely layered birthday card.  She used a cool double-time stamping technique to make the stamped image appear to flow off the focal point onto the background layer.  Too Cool!

Double-Time Stamping—This technique is so fun and easy!  Start with 3-3/4" x 5" and 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" pieces of Whisper White.  Temporarily adhere the smaller piece onto the larger piece with a couple of small dabs of SNAIL.  Then, stamp the Definitely Dahlia image in Flirty Flamingo ink over the top of the small square.  You'll see a white line around the edge of the square that didn't get stamped, but that's OK because it will be covered up with mats! 
Sweet Sentiment—Janet added a birthday sentiment from Rose Wonder in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink at the bottom of the larger white piece.
Finishing It Up—Layer the larger white piece onto a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Basic Black card stock, then mount onto a Flirty Flamingo card base.  Layer the smaller white piece onto a 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" piece of Basic Black, and to a 3" x 3" piece of Flirty Flamingo.  Line up the image in the correct position, then adhere the focal point to the card front with SNAIL.  Add a couple of Flirty Flamingo In Color Enamel Shapes accents near the sentiment.  So sweet!

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