Something a bit different and quirky today. Meet Hol, the jolly bird of Christmas cheer!
First though – thank you to everyone for your comments – to show my appreciation I’m again picking a name at random from yesterday’s commenters. And the winner (totally random) is one of my online students – congratulations Paula! I’ll be in touch about your prize.
So the quirky bird – yes, it’s that snowflake Cuttlebug folder again and all week I’ve not said much about it because we are out of stock, but this morning I just got the shipping notice that our next big delivery is on it’s way from the States and it has some more of these Cuttlebug embossing folders in it – yay! It’s called Winter and it’s a set of 6. So far I’ve used this one loads and the swirly one I showed you when I was doing my Christmas workshop.
The delivery also has lots of other goodies for the shop Christmas Open days next week. Oh my gosh I can’t believe that came round so quickly, it only seems five minutes since the last open day. I really hope the snow has cleared by then, I’d hate it to put anyone off joining us for what’s turning into a bit of a festive party. The sale is on in the shop until December 17th, so there’s lots of bargains to be found. And we’re finally getting the Cafe Perfect Pearls set that we ordered back in January!
Anyway back to today’s card – here’s what went into it:
We have a Big Shot Pro in the shop – one of the huge die cutting machines, and at one of our Open Days this summer, we put together some packs of die cut shapes which went down very well. (It’s a one way to try a die out and see if you want to invest in it.)
I got myself a pack of birds cut from our Spirit of Christmas papers. I had an idea about putting legs on this bird, but never got round to it until now.
The legs are one of those skinny offcuts that you always get when trimming cardstock layers. The feet are made by folding the end of the strip over.
This really is a super simple card to put together. The hardest part is stamping the greeting straight, so make life easy for yourself by stamping then trimming, rather than trying to stamp on exactly the right size piece of card. I always think the basic nestability dies really come into their own when it comes to stamped greetings. This one is trimmed, but I quite often use shapes such as square, circle, oval, deckled rectangles or labels to cut out my stamped words.
The card behind the bird is totally impossible to photograph. It is embossed with a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, but the card itself is a new one for us. It’s called Lustre Card and this is the Pearl version which has an almost interference quality to it – wiggle it around in the light and it has a very subtle two tone colour.
It is a lot like mirri silk card, but I think it has a more velvety look to it while still being reflective. It also comes in a beautiful gold, a stunningly rich scarlet and the most amazing zingy lime green. Sorry to digress, but I am a self confessed paper fondler and discovering new colours or finishes still makes my pulse quicken.
Anyway, the pearl embossed lustre card is mounted onto a teal layer, as is the greeting. Both have then been stuck onto a large card made from two pieces of A4 stuck together and trimmed down. I found a piece of coordinating sheer ribbon in my stash, so put that along the top of the card before attaching everything else. OK, ok, so it was going to be the other way up with the ribbon down the side, but I just couldn’t work out a placement I was happy with and decided it worked better the other way up.
The greeting is stuck on with foam pads to raise it up and because one side rests on top of the embossed card panel, I used two different thicknesses of foam pad to make sure it is level. It’s all in the detail you know!
The bird is finished off with a googly eye – this one is quite funky as it has teal eyeshadow and little eyelashes. The greeting is finished off with a tiny gem over the dot on the word jolly.
It’s taken me a lot longer to write about it than it did to put it together – hope you like it!
Back tomorrow with kitten photos – I’m sure there’s a kitten or two in here somewhere. Poor Adrian is downstairs dealing with the consequences of the door to the kittens bathroom accidentally getting closed during the night. A high speed kitten chase probably knocked the door closed. I can smell it from here so I’m leaving him to it!
Oh, and this is the view out of the window this morning.
I should probably volunteer to clean the car.
(click on any of the photos for a larger view)