Free as a Bird, Short and Sweet

This is my second card using this beautiful bundle consisting of the Free as a Bird stamp set and Stitched Nested Labels die set.  You can see the first card here.

I always enjoy the Color Throwdown challenges, and sometimes they really are a challenge.  After thinking about this one for a few days, all of a sudden it dawned on me what I would create.

Here’s the banner for CTD#599:

Here’s the card I created:

And here’s the inside:

When Inspiration Strikes

During one of the Pinterest browsing scrolling, a card I saw reminded me that I hadn’t used the double time technique lately.  One thought led to another, and that’s when the whole card came together in my mind.  

I used Very Vanilla/cream for the base, and the top label for the bird and the greeting.  

After cropping the labels to the sizes I wanted, I lined them up and stamped the single and double flowers from the Free as a Bird stamp set.   Then I carefully lined up the Calypso Coral layer on the Very Vanilla background and stamped another layer of the flowers.  I had to very carefully line all three layers together  to fill in the outlines for the stamps.  

I now had the Calypso Coral color I needed, and added the Night of Navy as the base, Very Vanilla/Cream was covered with the background and the label.  The only color I needed to incorporate was mustard.  In order to accomplish a mustard looking color, I used the Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight blends combos.  I also used the Crushed Curry Stamping Write marker on top of the blends.  The bird’s beak is Calypso Coral.  

I colored the flowers by laying all the layers flat and used the Calypso Coral blends combo to color them.  I used the Calypso Coral Stamping Write marker to add details to the center of the flowers.

Finishing Touches

Dimensionals pop up each layer of the labels, which I carefully realigned before adhering the layers together.

I really felt that something was needed to tie all the elements together.  Therefore, I used my Night of Navy dark blend to color three of the largest Pearl Basic Jewels.  Turns out that I am really, really pleased with the pop of Night of Navy jewels on the Very Vanilla background.   I now had some weight with the colored flowers, and the added weight with the Night of Navy jewels.  Those two elements dictated the general area where I needed to place the Calypso Coral pearl in order to create a triangle of the three elements, which is very pleasing to the eye.

As always, I finished with the envelope.  I used a piece of the coordinating DSP for the envelope flap.  Finally, I stamped and colored another bird on the bottom, right corner on the front of the envelope.  

Ta-Da!  Success

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit


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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  


To shop from the holiday catalog, available now, click on the image below: 



Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123


Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

Night of Navy cardstock, item #  100867

Very Vanilla cardstock, item # 101650

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

Calypso Coral blends combo, item # 144045

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Daffodil Delight blends combo, item # 144603

Pearl Basic Jewels, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430