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A Bird's House

Hi there!

I've mentioned previously that I attended a great event at the end of September called Stampcation.  One of the projects demonstrated by Linda Heller was an adorable bird house.  Here's my take on Linda's project.

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This adorable card begins with a piece of Certainly Celery Textured cardstock scored into thirds.  The center block created by the scoring is actually the front of the card.  (See the diagram below.) 

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A small image from the Fruit & Flowers stamp set was randomly stamped over the front of the card using Certainly Celery ink.  A 1 3/4" circle was punched near one corner of the center block.  This is the opening for the bird house.  A piece of Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper was punched with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  The punched paper was inserted into the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, the punched circle was centered inside the scallop circle punch window, and the scallop circle punched.  This ring was adhered around the bird house opening.  A small rectangle of Soft Suede (the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink) was placed just below the opening to the bird house; residing at an angle near the corner adjacent to the bird house opening. 

The roof of the bird house begins with a piece of Soft Suede cardstock placed atop the Large Scallop Square Bigz die and run through the Big Shot.  The scallop square die cut was trimmed as shown in the diagram below and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The roof is adhered to the top and side edge of the center block using SNAIL.  Important Note:  If you are planning to mail this card, be sure to have an envelope handy to make sure that your roof placement will allow the envelope to close properly.  You don't need a special envelope, the Medium Whisper White Envelope works just fine for this card.

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A shaker was created by stamping the large flower from the Fruit & Flowers stamp set using Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede inks on Whisper White cardstock.  The largest circle from the Shaker Frames (available in the Holiday Mini Catalog) was placed around the flower and then a few shelled sunflower seeds were placed inside the circle.  A used dryer sheet was lightly wiped across the surfaces of a window sheet square before placing the square over the top of the shaker frame.  SNAIL was placed around the bird house opening on the REVERSE side of the card and the shaker pressed into place.  Trim away any of the cardstock or window sheet that extends beyond the bottom edge of the card front or encroaches into the next panel (which will inhibit the movement of the adjacent panel).  Place Sticky Strip on the back of the shaker and along the edges of the center panel.  Remove the Sticky Strip adhesive covers and carefully fold the inside panel over the center panel (refer to the first diagram). 

The bird image (from the Language of Friendship stamp set) was stamped on Bashful Blue cardstock using Soft Suede ink.  The bird body and wing were punched out using the 2-Step Bird punch.  The bird legs were stamped just above the Soft Suede perch just below the opening for the bird house using Soft Suede ink.  The bird body was adhered just above the top of the bird legs at the bird house opening and then the wing was adhered to the bird body.

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The inside sentiment area of the card (the REVERSE side of the back panel) was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged with Certainly Celery ink.  The large flower image was stamped a few times near the upper right corner of the liner using Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede inks.  One of the great pairs of sentiments from the Petite Pairs stamp set was added to the upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink.

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The large flower image was stamped four times near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede inks.

Linda has a video tutorial for making this fun card posted at her awesome web site called Stamping School.  There's a small fee to see the tutorial; however, this small fee will enable you to see more than 500 videos of great stamping techniques and projects.  It's well worth the cost.  Click here for more information about Stamping School.

I'll be back soon to begin sharing the projects I presented at Stampcation.


Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Language of Friendship, Petite Pairs; Inks:  Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Marker:  Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery Textured, Soft Suede, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Beyond the Garden; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Shaker Frames; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, 2-Step Bird punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, Window Sheet, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Large Scallop Square Bigz die; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Shelled Sunflower Seeds


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What a super cute card! Thanks for the instructions!

Shelley Z.

So cute! Never would have thought of this! So cool!

Discount Ink

All I can say is WOW!great idea of DIY project.Love the aspect you put all through this nice project of yours.

Paula aka Scrapshappen

So cute! Love that layout!

Carol Carriveau

Wonderful idea!!!

Discount Ink

Very cute and very cool and nice card.

Heidi Baks

Very cute! Thanks for sharing.

Karen Gilbert

This is so cute Mickey. Thanks for adding the detailed tutorial. This would be a fun card for someone moving into a new place.

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Wow that is just so cute!! Thanks for the detailed tutorial too!

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