Thursday, 24 February 2011

Three Minute Thursday - using the bird from Bliss

It's time for another Three Minute Thursday and today, I've made some little thank you note cards that would be suitable for males or females. They're only 7.5cm square as I happen to have some envelopes this size, but you could make this card any size and just add birds. Remember to keep them an odd number though!

The design is very simple and relies on the strong horizontal lines which were drawn with a ruler and the thick and thin ends of a Real Red marker. Because the ink in the markers is dye ink, it dries almost instantly and doesn't smudge. I love the pop of red against the Safari Sand card stock!

The little bird is one of my favourite images from all the free Sale-a-bration stamp sets. He's from Bliss and you could still get your hands on this set by spending £45 with me! After Monday though, the Sale-a-bration promotion will be over and the sets will no longer be available.

Here's the card again - in Crumb Cake this time. I was experimenting with where the lines should be! The 'texture' below the lines is the Sandy Speckles wheel. I love this kind of stamp as it's perfect for adding a bit of depth to a plain area or souping up a background and, at only £6.50 for the wheel, it's definitely worth trying out!

The sentiment is from the So Happy For You Sale-a-bration set - which contains sensible sentiments you'll use over and over again.

How to make this card:

  • Cut a 15cm x 7.5cm piece of neutral-coloured card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base.
  • Use a ruler to draw a straight line across the card front (about 1.75cm from the bottom of the card) with the thick end of a Real Red marker. Add a line above it using the thin end of the marker.
  • Add texture below the lines with the Sandy Speckles wheel, using the same colour ink as the card stock.
  • Stamp the birds in Early Espresso ink, using a stamp-a-majig for accurate placement. You only need to tilt the bird very slightly to get different positions.
  • Add the sentiment with the stamp-a-majig.

Stamps: Bliss, So Happy For You (FREE Sale-a-bration sets)
Ink: Early Espresso, neutral (I used Safari Sand or Crumb Cake)
Card stock: Neutral (I used Safari Sand or Crumb Cake)
Other: Sandy Speckles wheel

I've been away in Tynemouth since Saturday and, although we all had a lovely time, it is good to be back in my little house. I've been trying to catch up with you all, but please bear with me if I haven't yet got to you! Thank you for checking in with my Three Minute Thursday today and if you'd like to take advantage of any of those free Sale-a-bration sets, do contact me very soon either by emailing me or by calling 01280 820593. I'm always very happy to hear from you!

Happy crafting,


  1. I love this card... nothing chirpier than this :)
    Yeah.. love that texture underline.. thought that its so cool :D

  2. really sweet and cas thank you card!!

  3. What a clever way to use this little bird.

  4. What a lovely way to use this little bird, I've been struggling with him!! Hope you had a good break
    Margaret x

  5. Hi Vicky
    Lovely card the birds .....

  6. These are amazing, Vicky! I love the colour combos and I never would've thought to use that little bird this way.

  7. Fab card Vicky. CAS, but just perfect for men and women!
    Hugs, Vicky ~x~

  8. You are just too clever, Vicky. Love how you placed the bird in various positions... just like birds on a wire, all moving and tilting their heads in different directions. Using the wheel at the bottom was the perfect subtle touch. Glad you had a great vacation, but I know how it is... needing a vacation to get over your vacation! Take it easy!


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