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Spellbinders | Birdhouses Through the Seasons

May 6, 2021

Spellbinders | Birdhouses Through the Seasons

May 6, 2021

Hello friends! For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated with birdhouses. When I was little, I used to watch the birds fly in and out of a little house-shaped birdhouse that we had in our backyard. When I first saw the new Spellbinders “Birdhouses Through the Seasons” release by Vicky Papaioannou, I couldn’t wait to create something with these sweet products. I was kindly gifted the Sweet Birds on a Branch Etched Dies from Spellbinders along with the Tweet Sentiments Clear Stamps Set and created four different fun projects to share with you today.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had putting these together! I actually had to force myself to stop creating different projects lol.

For my first project, I create a slimline card featuring the adorable birds from the Sweet Birds on a Branch Etched Dies. To start, I first trimmed a piece of white card stock to 3.5″ x 8.5″ and a pale sky blue piece to 3.25″ x 8.25″. I then took the blue piece and embossed it with the Above the Clouds Embossing Folder. If you look closely, you can see the subtle outlines of the raised clouds behind the birds on my card stock. Because the folder is A2 sized, I had to run it through my machine twice, being careful not to create edges where the folder ended.

I then cut 5 branches from Kraft Card Stock and adhered them to my blue piece of card stock with liquid adhesive. Once dry, I trimmed off any excess branch pieces that went past the edges of my card stock with my paper trimmer. I then die cut my birds from a variety of rainbow colored card stock pieces and pieced them quickly together. I used small pieces of 3D Foam Adhesive Tape behind my bird’s wings for added dimension. I also did the same for some of the leaves for the same effect. I also added some flowers from the Shapeabilities Woodland Wreath Etched Dies. Prior to adhering my leaves, flowers, and birds to the card, I stamped my sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Lastly, I attached all of my pieces to my card base. Super fun and easy!

Saving myself some time, I used the leftover pieces from my card above to create my birds in my second card. If you look, you can see that I used the same colors for the birds as the first card but in the opposite order. I also used darker card stock to cut out my branches. For this card, I used my pale blue card stock as the first layer of my card and white card stock for my second layer.

Before adding my images, I lightly blended some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink onto the center portion of my background and then splattered it with diluted opaque white paint and watered down Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I then stamped my sentiment and added my images with both liquid adhesive and 3D Foam Adhesive Tape where I wanted extra dimension.

For my third card, I once again wanted my Sweet Birds on a Branch to be my main focus but I added a few accessories. I once again used the Shababilites Woodland Wreath Etched Dies but this time, I used the wreath instead of the flowers. For the flowers, I used a previous Large Die of the Month called Fall Flora. I also added a white picket fence using the Die D-Lites Picket Fence Etched Dies. I also used a Spellbinders wood grain style embossing folder which has been retired.

I then used some variations of teal card stock to create my birds and stamped my sentiment from the Tweet Sentiments Clear Stamp Set onto a strip of light blue card stock and adhered it to the front of my card with foam adhesive tape.

Lastly, I created an A2 sized tunnel-shadow box card. I used some various sized circle dies to create a tunneled look as well as the window in the very front of my card. I diecut some leaves from various pieces of green colored card stock using the Fall Flora Die Set.

I created a frame for the front of my card using two different sized circle dies and stamped my sentiment onto the lower center of my card front with black ink.

You can check out all of the other new amazing products in this release HERE. **(Affiliated links used where applicable at no extra cost to you!)**

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! If you liked these cards and want some more crafty inspiration, please feel free to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

  • Jeanne May 6, 2021 at 7:40 AM

    Oh what a sweet story about the birdhouse you had. Warmed my heart for sure. This set was created just for you then, Rachel! How wonderful. 🙂 You showcased it beautifully with all your lovely cards. I love all the details you added. That tunnel card looks really great and I think it’s so neat that you added a 3D card to your collection. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

    • rachelalvaradodesigns May 7, 2021 at 6:18 PM

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Jeanne! Sending many hugs! 🤗

  • Anne Sturgeon May 7, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Rachel each of these cards are so magical. I too love to watch the birds. Last season we had a pair of hummingbirds build their nest right in view from out dining table window. It was so fun to watch them zip in and out!! I love Spellbinders and I am definitely going to look into the bird set. Thanks for sharing these and as always, you have done an amazing job. I can see why you had a hard time stopping….

    • rachelalvaradodesigns May 7, 2021 at 6:18 PM

      Thank you so much, Anne! How awesome that you had a hummingbird nest outside your window! We get them visiting our hummingbird feeder from time to time and they’re always so beautiful to watch. 😍

    Hello, I'm Rachel! Thanks so much for dropping by and welcome to my blog! I love creating and am excited to share with you my love for card making and paper crafting.

    Rachel

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