Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Are those love birds are pigeons, Mama?"

Mitchell (3 yrs) was very confident in informing me that these birds I punched with the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (item#117191) are called pigeons. I told him that they were supposed to be love birds and he asked me the above question, then answered his own question by telling me that those love birds are called pigeons.

Either way, I think they're adorable despite the fact that I am not a bird lover. (Especially not loving the birds who wake me up every morning at the crack of dawn or the birds who built a nest in our back porch light causing us to almost burn our house down.) The punch cuts out the bird, wing, and branch all in one motion. It's impressive. I used the filigree heart from the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (item#117010) to stamp on the wings and branches in black ink. I also used glossy white card stock for the bird (item#102599) because I like the sheen and the thickness.

I used the Pinking Hearts Corner punch (item#118072) to lop off the corners of the white card stock. It's hard to see in the picture, but the white card stock is very shimmery because I sprayed it all over with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (item#118772). I just love that stuff! To make them into "love birds" (an anniversary card for my in-laws), I used the tiny red heart from the same hearts stamp set and punched it out with Small Heart punch (item#117193).

For the inside of the card I used Designer Paper from the same set as I used on the card front to create a balanced style. A neat trick I learned for heat embossing with your Classic dye-based inks is to first ink the stamp up with some slow drying VersaMark ink (item#102283) then ink it up in your Classic ink. Use clear embossing powder and voila! You can see that I used this technique to get the "Happiness Always" sentiment in Real Red on the inside of the card.

Last but not least, my new favorite thing is to make a matching envelope which is really quite simple. You just need to use some coordinating paper that is cut slightly narrower than the widest part of your envelope, trace around the envelope edge, and cut slightly inside the line. The paper doesn't even need to go all the way down into the envelope, it just needs to clear the exposed area. And you only have to glue the flap part, not the body of the envelope.

Need more help with this technique or anything else you've seen here? Come to class and try them for yourself!


  1. This is so lovely! Nice work! It could be a swap ;)

    I didn't know you got that word within words set I like - very fun!

    Did you notice if the smooch sprays were the same size as my mini-misters? Do they seem to last a long time? I wonder if they'll start selling refills...

  2. Thanks Deanna! Ha ha, you're so funny. I need to start looking into those swaps, don't I?

    I am loving the "In a Word" set as it turns out. I only ordered it after you pointed it out, and I am just finding it so useful for both cards and scrapbooking. We used it last month at class when you were gone. :/

    I have been using my Smooch Spritzes left and right and they are holding up well. We can ask Delia how hers is holding up b/c she used some on Summer's baby shower invitations. I doubt they'll sell refills honestly. But in the new catty they are offering it in the sprays and in a little nail polish style bottle as well.