Free As a Bird

As most of you know, I live in the Northeast and right now we are being invaded by Robins.  I have never seen so many Robins before!  They are everywhere.  I know most people love having birds nest around their house but these Robins have gotten out of control.  They tried to build a nest on my outside lights (multiple places), my front door wreath, my deck and right over where I park my car.  Robins are cute (sort of) but they are also very, very messy.  I am not a fan.

I actually made this card a couple of months ago and never posted it.  It was before the mess started, back when I liked Robins and thought it would be cute to make a Robin card.

The cardstock colors I used on this card are Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Whisper White.  I first stamped the bird and the branch from the stamp set Free As A Bird in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink too.  Then I stamped the flowers on a separate sheet of Whisper White cardstock and cut them out by hand (don’t look too closely) and colored them with a Dark Petal Pink Blend.

This stamp set has matching dies called Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I think these dies are one of my favorites from the entire catalog.  You can save 10% by purchasing this stamp set and dies in a Bundle.  I cut out the entire image using one of the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  Then I cut a larger one out of Cajun Craze cardstock and then again out of the 4″x 5.25″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The dies cut the inside of the image but also cut pierce the outside.  I love that part! Here is a close up where you can see I used the inside pieces for Whisper White and Cajun craze but used the outside piece for the Mossy Meadow.

Lastly I added the flowers using Dimensionals.

I probably should have used embossing paste along the bottom of the card to simulate the mess on my car, wreath and decks!

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Free As A Bird

Earlier this month I had my first class.  This class used to be a club but I decided to change it up a bit this stamping year and make it a class instead.  We make 5 cards (2 of 2 designs and 1 a little more complicated).  During June I decided to make the two that are supposed to be the same be similar but not exactly the same to give the class attendees some different ideas to use with the same stamp set and/or layout.

Both of these cards used the stamp set called Free As A Bird.  This set has dies that go with it called Stitched Nested Labels and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

To make this card, I first randomly stamped the background using Pretty Peacock ink on Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the leaves and flowers.  Then I stamped the bird image in Pretty Peacock Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and colored it using a Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Flirty Flamingo and Dark Soft Sea Foam Green Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock Ink and also cut it out using the Stitched Nested Labels.

The second card has the same layout as the first one but looks totally different.  I inked the Embossing Folder called Country Floral 3D with Petal Pink Ink and then ran it through my die cutting machine with Whisper White cardstock.  I love this technique!  The ink only goes on the background with the images popping out.  Then I stamped the bird and sentiment in Memento Black Ink and cut it out using the Stitched Nested Labels dies.  I colored the bird using my Dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  I thought it needed something else so I added the bow using Nature’s Twine in Mint Macaron using a Glue Dot.


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Free As A Bird Sneak Peek

Free As A Bird is a new stamp set that will be in the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  As a Demonstrator I was able to order this set early, which is one of my favorite reasons for being a Demo.  I am not a patient person!  This stamp set comes with a set of dies called Stitched Nesting Labels, which are my favorite set of dies in the new catalog.  They are in the shape of long hexagons and they stitched the inner part and the outer part of the cardstock just like the Rectangle Stitched dies do.  You will be able to save 10% if you buy both in a Bundle starting June 4th.

This was close to the Make ‘N Take card that they gave us at OnStage in April.  I couldn’t make it there but since I could pre-order all the materials for it, I made it at home.  I changed it up a bit but it was close to this.  The Designer Series Paper is called Bird Ballad and has the colors Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede and Whisper White.  I think that includes a wide enough range of colors for everyone’s taste!

This was a quick and easy card to make.  I stamped the birds in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Petal Pink Blends.

The new catalog is available for pick up if you would like one.  Just shoot me an email to let me know.

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