Birds and BeesPosted: October 13, 2011
Yesterday, I decided that I would use some of the scraps left over from my favorite papers to “whip together” a few cards. I am definitely a novice at card making. It is usually much easier for me to craft around a photo; but I have some stamps I have rarely, if ever, used…and I thought that card making would be the perfect way to test them out.
For this “bee” card, I used a piece of the Jenni Bowlin bingo card I had cut up for my “Lady of the Lake” layout, and selected a yellow strip of Basic Grey paper that was just cast off. The paper gave me the inspirado to use this bee stamp, which I just adore. The background was created using a stencil by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer of Balzer Designs, for Crafter’s Workshop. I had recently participated in a class that Julie taught, “Stencil 101”, and was so amazed by the creative ways that stencils can be used. I used the 6×6 punchinella stencil, and black ink….rubbing in circles (as Julie taught us)…to create the “honeycomb” look. I really didn’t intend to use distress ink on the center of the card, but…..I accidentally got some ink smeared on there, and decided to camouflage it. The flower sticker is American Crafts, that I found in a really cool book of stickers in the clearance bin at my LSS; and the seam binding was custom made by Clare at Bearedo Paperie. The best part about creating cards? They come together quickly. I like that a lot. 🙂
When glancing at my stamp shelf the other day, I saw these bird stamps side by side, and noticed something cool. In the first stamp, the birds are locked in the cage, in the second, the bird is standing outside the cage looking in, and in the third, the cage is empty. It’s a neat symbolism….and this card is meant for someone very special. I can’t wait to send it to her. 🙂 I didn’t think it needed much else, so I just did a light bit of mist, and added these pretty Girl’s Paperie and House of Three embellishments.
I had so much fun creating these, that I can’t wait to start on a few more tomorrow morning! Speaking of tomorrow…….the awesome sketch challenge will go up on Punky Scraps……and this sketch is cute as a button! So stop by the gnome here, to see my take on the sketch, and to give it a whirl yourself.
Happy Thursday…we’re almost there, friends. ❤