Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Bird House Stepper Card

This week, Simon Says Stamp and Show... House Rules! Well the talented design team covered all my ideas and I do like to be a bit different (what do you mean you hadn't noticed? :-), so here's a Bird House. If you've never made this type of stepper card before, it's very easy and there's a tutorial with all the measurements.

"Bird House"

The colour scheme of blue, brown, grey makes a great Winter-themed card for any occasion. I'll be giving this one as a "new home" card. The background is patterned paper overstamped with various bird-themed stamps using sepia archival ink. I love the clear definition that archival ink gives when stamping. The birdhouse foamboard diecut is embossed in a folder and covered with layers of distress ink, starting with picket fence to lighten the colour, and including some purple to give it depth. The roof and base of the birdhouse are cut separately and coloured using Adirondack alcohol inks dabbed on with a felt applicator tool. A silver pen is used to highlight all the card edges.

The sentiment is stamped in sepia archival ink straight onto patterned paper, then heat-embossed in clear before matting onto some grey card to match the base card. It reads:

"Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she has wings"  Victor Marie Hugo
"Bird in Branch"

The other diecuts are from patterned paper, and the dies are used as stencils to add inky details with a sponge and distress inks.

"Bird House Card"

Sizzix Bigz Birdhouse die
Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder: Wood
Marianne dies: bird on a branch (small), bird on a branch (large), tiny birdhouse
Crafty Individuals stamp sets: CI-287, CI-234
Distress Ink Pads & Stains
Archival ink pad: Sepia
Adirondack inks & applicator tool
cardstock: grey 300gsm, white 200gsm, foamboard

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - House Rules


  1. A totally inspirational piece of artwork as always Maddy and blue and brown has to rate as one of my favourite colour palettes.

    B x

  2. This is totally stunning Maddy. I am running out of words to describe how wonderful your creations are!!!
    I love the design , the gorgeous colour scheme and your attention to detail is just amazing!!
    Thank you for the tutorial too.

    Take care

  3. gorgous work maddy,stunning card sue xx

  4. Fabulous stepper card, I love the blue and brown. The birds stamped across the bottom are lovely as are the die cut birds and foliage. Fantastic text. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  5. This is SUCH a beautiful creation!! I was SO blessed to happen upon your lovely blog today. You have so many delightful projects, and I was SO inspired. Thank you for that!
    I would like to let you know about Word Art Wednesday, and invite you to play along. We're always an Anything Goes challenge, and this week we have two awesome sponsors (Really Reasonable Ribbon and Paper Sweeties). I hope you will join us and play along.
    Have a great week, and I really hope you will join us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  6. Maddy...this stepper card is stunning! I LOVE it! Your birds and birdhouse theme are fabulous! Love the blue and brown together. Beautiful job, Maddy! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  7. Gorgeous card! I think this is the first stepper card I've seen like this

    Thanks for visiting my blog

  8. Stunning stepper card love how you put it together. Alison xxx

  9. Fabulous card! Love the shape and all the birds. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


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