When I saw this little bird sat among the paper of my Pink Paisley paper pad, I knew I had to find the right setting for him. After a little playing around with shapes from my cutouts (I diecut all my Spellbinders etc so I can see the finished cut for size and effect) I realised that the Fleur de Lis squares were perfect for what I was after. It gives the effect of the bird sitting among the thorny branches of a bramble bush which seem to extend from the branch he is actually sat on. Not bad I thought! I then used the Postage Stamp die to give just a hint of white layering for added effect.
The diecut alone, even using 300gsm card, is a little too flimsy to sit on its filigree edges for long so I reinforced them with an inner card. I will explain with the following photos, I hope you get my idea.
Here is the card complete
I started by cutting two large Fleur de Lis squares and a folded centre section.
The center section was cut just wide enough to fit in between the cutting positions on the sides of the die, with the fold below the top cutting pieces. The length of the card was longer than the die so that the filigree edging was cut into it, to add extra strength where the card would stand up.
The front and back pieces were then glued onto the folded card, ensuring the filigree cutouts matched. When they were dry the added thickness gave the card more rigidity for standing.
I lightly scored across the top, above the folded inner card to allow the filigree to bend when the card was opened (I also glued these together for added strength).
I then added a Postage stamp matt/layer in white, followed by another Fleur de Lis square in teal, before the final white Postage stamp matt/layer and the Pink Paisley paper with decoupaged bird topper.
The card was finished off with another piece of the paper added to the inside of the card.
All in all a simple card to make; no embellishments, no ribbons or bows etc and yet the two dies have given the card alot of character and I think anything else would have been too busy for such a small card. Anyway, this way, the bird gets all the attention!!
So what do you think, do you like the teal, white and pink? I do hope so.
What ever you are up to today I hope the day turns out to be a good one. Take care and thank you for popping by.
Hugs Linda x
Spellbinders Postage Stamp - Sam Poole Creative Studios
Spellbinders Fleur de Lys Squares - Ebay
Papers - Spring Jubilee by Pink Paislee
Teal & White Smooth Card - Papermill Direct