Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy Bird Day Card


Welcome Spring Chorus Blog Hoppers!

This is your final stop and today I have a special card that I made for my Father’s birthday using the Club Scrap Spring Chorus Collection.  A complete list of supplies used is at the end of this post.

First the background is made using an embossed resist technique on watercolor paper in several steps. 
·         Lightly color the paper with light blue Distress Stain and Perfect Pearl mist. 
·         Using a Versamark pen, trace the bird from the Shapes Altered Panel stencil and stamp Spring Chorus sheet music along a diagonal.  Apply clear emboss and heat set.
·        Apply distress stain or ink to a non-stick craft sheet and spray with Perfect Pearl mist.  Drag the paper through the ink to color the background.  Additional inks were used to paint in the clear embossed bird shape. 
·         Hybrid ink and the Spring Chorus fern masking stencil were added on the lower edge. Then a Spring Chorus fern was stamped in hybrid ink.   

·         Finally ink splatters were added. Clean excess ink off embossing with a soft cloth as needed. 

Next the Spring Chorus papers were cut.  The dark blue paper frame is made as follows:
·         Cut to 6 ¾ x 4 ¾. Cut the upper center with Sizzix Alterations Ornamental die and round the top corners.  The center panel is used on the inside for a message.  

·         Stamp with the Spring Chorus noise stamp and Earth hybrid ink.

·         Antique edges with walnut stain Distress ink.

The bottom panel is cut to 3 x 5 from Spring Chorus printed paper such that the bird image is preserved.  The top edge is decoratively punched.  Words are stamped in Club Scrap India ink.  The inside blue panel is stamped with Spring Chorus greeting and fern stamps.  The card base is natural card stock 7 x 10 folded in half with the top corners rounded.  Antique paper edges with walnut stain Distress ink.

Finally, the bird on a branch is made from a Sizzix Alteration die and grunge paper. 
·         Distress paints were used to paint the bird and branch.
·         For texture use paint on some crumpled tissue paper and dab.  Then add some paint strokes to suggest a wing. 
·         Stamp the Spring Chorus noise stamp all over the image in earth ink.
·         Attach a small black rhinestone for an eye.   
·         The whole image is covered in glossing accents as shown in this close-up.
To assemble add Spring Chorus ribbon to the blue frame.  Assemble starting with the watercolor panel.  Add the blue frame and greeting panel with dimensional adhesive.  Use glue and dimensional adhesive for the bird branch.  Adhere the ornamental panel on the inside.

Club Scrap Materials Used:
· Spring Chorus Art Nouveau, Greetings, Borders & Background stamp sets
· Spring Chorus 8.5 x 11 assorted paper pack
· Spring Chorus fern masking stencil
· Shapes Altered Panel Custom stencil
· Spring Chorus ribbon
· Hybrid Inks – Earth, Peridot, and Leaf
· India Ink
Other Materials Used:
· Watercolor paper
· Neenah Cardstock natural
· Versamark ink and Versamark pen
· Glossing accents
· Sizzix Alternations dies – Bird on a branch and Ornamental
· Ek success edge punch
· Grunge paper
· Wow clear matt embossing powder
· Distress ink, stain, and paint
· Black rhinestone
· ½ inch corner rounder
· Stampin Up Dimensionals
· Perfect Pearls mist
Thanks for visiting my blog today and for staying until the end!  Here is a link back to the start at Club Scrap Creates.   
Happy Crafting,


  1. The cut out background is gorgeous!

  2. Wow, what a beautiful card and thanks for telling us how you did this. Thanks also for joining us at the blog hop.

  3. Incredible card, Debby. I love it! What a great variety of techniques brought together on a card your dad is sure to treasure!

  4. Thank you so much for all the detailed information on how you created this card, the resist background is so pretty and turned out wonderfully.

  5. WOW! We saved the best for last. This card is AMAZING, Debby. I just keep looking at it again and again to see all of the marvelous details. Fantastic job rounding out the hop.

  6. Thanks for the details. this post can serve as a reference for lots of projects.

  7. Lovely card with amazing details- thanks for the instructions!

  8. So many great techniques incorporated into one awesome card. You can tell it truly was a labor of love for your dad's birthday. Great job...and thanks for joining us for the hop!

  9. Debby, Love how you used so many different bird elements to make your card sing! Great job and thanks for sharing your process too.

  10. Really a great card, love all the detail!

  11. Debby I am wowed by all your great art and this card is no exception.

  12. Gorgeous card Debby! I love all the different techniques used.

  13. Wow fantastic, I tell you, everyone sure went all out this month. What an amazing card!

  14. Love the dark colors with is kit! Very pretty!

  15. Wonderful Card, Debby! And thanks for sharing how you did it all (may have to 'lift' a few things!).

  16. What a great tutorial! I'm in love with the bird on the branch.

  17. Great job on your first CS Blog Hop entry! Way to go!

  18. I'm sure your Dad will have this card displayed proudly after receiving it! Thanks so much for sharing your great steps and techniques for achieving this great looking masterpiece!

  19. Wonderful card--I like the emboss resist.

  20. So glorious! Love the birdie on the branch. TFS
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

  21. Wow Debby what a great card - I love the detail and I like the window look