Sunday, 21 October 2012

My favourites - a Birdie Book Card

Simon Says Stamp and Show... Your Favourite this week, and you must all know by know that my favourites are 3d cards, vintage & nature. This card combines all three! First a little tease, just showing you the plain outside...

"Plain Outside"

This view shows off the 3-dimensional book, but the shadows make it hard to see all the embossed detail. The edges of brown card are all decorated with gold aquamarker.

"Front of book card"

The stamping is all done in clear versamark and embossed in gold, which shows up beautifully against the dark brown background. Some scrap cardboard diecuts into a great birdhouse, dry embossed with Tim Holtz' wood folder and inked with various brown distress inks to help bring out the detail. The lace closure is coloured with distress ink to match the rest of the card. OK, enough teasing, on to the inside...

"Inside of book card"

I like to make the outside of my book cards plain to contrast with the colour on the inside and give the recipient more of a wow factor when they open the card. It's been a while since I showed you a card made with Graphics Fairy images, so anyone new to my blog might like to check out her site for fabulous FREE vintage graphics.

"Left inside panel"

Some more of my favourites are here: making my own background papers and this gorgeous sentiment stamp from Chocolate Baroque. I chose the background distress ink colours to match the main image in the opposite panel, then overstamped with grass & swirl stamps from the Artemio set. The sentiment is stamped in black archival and heat-embossed in clear, then edged with distress inks and mounted using foam tape.

"Right inside panel"

The aperture in a book card makes a great space for decoupage. This graphic was printed four times and various pieces cut out, shaped, then layered using Pinflair. The frame is decorated in a similar way as the background panel for the opposite page.

Sizzix Bigz Die - Birdhouse
Sizzix Framelits - Circles
Spellbinders - Labels 4, Carnation Creations
Artemio stamp sets - Bird Flourishes, Silhouette Foliage
Justrite stamp set - Large Fancy Sentiments
Chocolate Baroque stamp sets - Live Out Loud, Fly Away With Me
Papermania V&A background stamp
distress inks - various
archival ink - jet black
gold aquamarker
Stampendous embossing powders - clear, pirate gold
vintage image from the Graphics Fairy
cardstock - brown 300gsm, white 300gsm, 200gsm, 160gsm

Well, if you've read this far all I can say is well done! It's a gorgeous, sunny day here in Northern Ireland, and I hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are. xx

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show... Your Favourite


  1. Absolutely beautiful. I have saved this image some time ago and this is the nicest way I have seen it used. Just gorgeous.

  2. This is stunning xx

  3. Gorgeous Book card, I love it x

  4. A stunning project - so beautiful and with a lot of attention to detail.
    Heike x

  5. beautiful work,such detail. sue xx

  6. It is fantastic. I have never tried to make a bookcard, but I think I must try. I really like the front of the card with the little birdhouse. I wish you a fine day.

  7. WOW! This is absolutely stunning Maddy. I really love the design, your attention to detail is just wonderful.
    Enjoy the sunshine!
    Hugs Sue

  8. The gold embossing really does show up well doesn't it Maddy, don't ask me why but I so rarely emboss with gold, but should as it is so lush.

    The inside panels are decorated beautifully as well, a super piece of artwork as always.

    B x

  9. Fabulous book card ,lovely colours and detail

    Lorna xx

  10. I think this is the first time I have visited your blog, you have a very unique style which creates some beautiful cards. I have enjoyed having a browse around, thank you. Love the book ones, so different.

  11. Thank you so much for the very sweet comment you left on my blog. You are always so positive and complimentary. I love your card book! It is absolutely beautiful! I really must make one of these!! Hugs, Candy

  12. Wow!! What a lot of work and creativity you have to do the fantastic book card - I have enjoyed looking round your blog and will def. visit you again this week to have a closer look at your book card - i'm feeling inspiration coming on so thank you!!

  13. Wow!!! This is amazing. Everything about it is stunning. I love it. Phyllis x

  14. Wow this is amazing just found your blog and i'll be poping back later for a look xx

  15. Beautiful book card, wonderful dimension. I love,the gold embossing on the images too, makes them pop from the background. Love love stamps you have used on the inside,too and the image is beautiful. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  16. Your book card is really lovely Maddy I love all the detail on it x

  17. Wowwzerss fabulously made book, fabulous colors and the images are just great. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project. Good luck with the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, hugs terry xxxx

  18. This is absolutely gorgeous, love all the detail.

  19. Really love this, would be honoured if you would link it to the challenge on my blog for all crafts other than cards and scrap booking :-) Elaine xxx

  20. Beautiful card! Love the outside with all the embossing and the vintage bird image you used on the inside is great. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  21. Gorgeous book card! Such a fun idea! Fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  22. oh gorgeous truly beautiful
    Hugs Kate xx

  23. Hope to see you enter my All Crafts Challenge again soon, I love your work :-) Elaine-xxx-


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