Well, this is it, friends – my last post for Dies R Us. It hasn’t been an easy stamping month for me, frankly. Lots to do, not feeling well. The cards got simpler as the month wore on. Next month there will be a lot more coloring here, I can tell you that, if you can bear with me. I have another simple card today. I love the dies – the large sentiment with the ivy leaves, and the birds in flight. I wanted to do something with ink, too, so I made a watercolor wash for the background. I wet the paper first, then brushed on turquoise and yellow inks. Toward the upper left you can see where the turquoise blended with the yellow and turned a more aqua color.
The front of the side fold card is cut away slightly and the designer paper border is on the inside. The Sue Wilson Thinking of You is a sizeable die and nearly fills the front of this A2 card. I added just a bit of glitter to the ivy leaves. Since I’m crushing on birds lately I’ve added bird dies to every recent order. These are Memory Box Open Studio Contempo Birds. I used the two largest birds for this card. You can design these birds however you like – leave off the overlay, position the wings differently or leave them off altogether for a sitting bird. I colored the birds with Copic markers and added beady eyes with a black Sakura glaze pen.
The birds are an all-in-one die, meaning they all cut at once, which is fine with me as otherwise you’d have some pretty teensy dies to work with. Instead, you have some pretty teensy die cuts to work with. Rather than tuck away the remaining die cuts I decided to go ahead and color and assemble them:
I forgot to lay a ruler down in the photo so you could get an idea of the size. The smallest birds are 1/2” beak to tail, so you can imagine how tiny the wings are. I do think they’re darling and will enjoy using them on cards.
That’s it for me! What a fun design team this has been. I’ve loved every minute of it. I believe the new team starts in April and I’ll be sure to drop in and say “hello” on the Inspiration Blog. Hope you will, too. And don’t forget the Challenge Blog. Our current “Handmade Flowers” challenge is about to wrap up, but a new challenge begins on April 1st, always with a chance to win a Dies R Us gift voucher. Have a beautiful day!