Birthday birdhouses

I hope your garden is full of birds and blooms right now, mine is getting there slowly. If  you are having a birthday during this season, it’s possibly a little different to past celebrations. My birthday is in the dead of winter but I do remember fondly when it was in the height of summer when birds, blooms and strawberries were in abundance!

To create this bright happy card I did some no line watercolour with distress inks. I stamped the PB ‘good neighbors’ outline stamp in antique linen then did all the painting with distress inks smooshed on my glass mat. For fine lines and tiny spaces I used distress markers.

I used cold pressed watercolour paper for this one; I switch back and forth between hot pressed and cold pressed, often choosing hot pressed for the ease of stamping detailed stamps. Once I was finished I decided to pop up the panel on a piece of foam but first I cut the panel with the new love of my card making life, Waffle Flowers ‘additional A2 layers’ dies. I love both their A2 layers dies and additional layers dies the same, no favouritism, in fact the reason I love them is because there are two sets making it possible to mat panels with a ⅛” border. I’m not demonstrating that feature on this card but I will be on future projects. I also love the fact that my rectangle is even and perfect first go. My cutter still does a great job just not sure if my steady hand and eye do the stellar job they once did.

I finished off the card by cutting two banners with one of Penny Black’s triple banner dies, two so it was raised up just a bit, not as much as foam tape would raise it. I stamped a sentiment from banner sentiments on the banner but if you know this set you might realise the stamp doesn’t actually curve that way; let me tell you it does when you snip it in two and arrange it on the door of your misti.


7 Comments on “Birthday birdhouses”

  1. mjmarmo says:

    Love this stamp!

  2. Pat says:

    So so beautiful Heather and I love the sweet bird houses and flowers and birds, and as usual your colour combination is so fresh and pretty, and I love the slightly curved shape of the banner sentiment. x

  3. Karen Jackson says:

    What a delight this card is. All the pretty flowers stand out so crisply against the pure white background. Fabulous.

  4. This is just beautiful, the colours perfectly replicate a June garden xx

  5. jillianfoster82 says:

    This may be a new all-time fave card of yours, Heather! Perfection!

  6. Lagene says:

    Awesome no line watercoloring birdhouses!

  7. Mac Mable says:

    So very pretty with amazing colours and colouring x.

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