Hello again, friends! Have you seen the contents of the April 2019 Kit yet? I’m in love with the Art Impressions stamp set. The little birds are so stinkin’ cute! I couldn’t resist coloring a flock of them to make this birthday card.

The first thing I did was create a frame with the shimmery blue kit paper and a die from my stash. For the background, I chose a lattice design from the 6×6 Dream in Color patterned paper stack.

Then, I sorted out where I wanted the sentiment to be. I used a MISTI to stamp it twice with the Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad in Black Shadow (that came in the kit too!), so it would stand out well against the pattern.

Next, I trimmed the lattice paper to 5.25” x 4”, and adhered the frame with a few strips of foam tape. Now it was time to put together the center area!

The black Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad is great for coloring with water-based and alcohol inks because it doesn’t smudge, so that’s what I used to stamp the bird images onto white cardstock.

I didn’t use a wet ink to color, though – I’m still on the Prismacolor Pencils kick, and they were perfect for coloring those birdies! To get the shadows, I added an extra layer of color in the same shade as the bird.

The pencils I used are:

  • Nectar & 30% Gray for the gray birds
  • Blue Violet Lake for the bluebirds (belly is white)

I also colored in the branches on the card with Tuscan Red and Prussian Green to make them a bit more interesting. As I was adhering them, I trimmed the ends so they would tuck nicely under the frame before giving some of the leaves an extra dab of Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to keep them in place. I let the ends stay free for a bit of dimension.

Next, I attached the birds with small squares of foam adhesive.

The branches needed just a little something extra, and I had just the thing: tiny dried flowers. They are usually for fingernail art designs, but I find them lovely as an embellishment on cards.

picked out some yellow/orange blossoms and tacked them in place with more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. That stuff’s good for everything, I tell ya. 🙂

Thanks for reading about my card for today. Aren’t those little birds adorable?! I hope you pick up this month’s kit too – I would love to see what you make with it!

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