Thursday 26 April 2012

Three minute 2 step bird card

This week, I had my 2 step bird punch out for some leaves - nothing rare in that! - and I found myself looking at the bird. I wondered whether it would make one of the thick, chipboard-style shapes I'm so fond of. I tried it out and found that not only did it work really well but, because of the shape of the bird, it was really fast too - and so, this card makes my three minute Thursday slot this week! Come and see:

The Beyond the Garden papers, which are my favourites from this month's special freebies, make a lovely backdrop for the bird with a quickly sponged plain square in the middle.

I punched out five birds from Whisper White card stock (discarding the wings) and one from Pacific Point card stock (including the wing). I cut an eye in the blue bird with my hand held punch and then stuck them all together with Tombow. It's so easy to do this - if you smooth the tail into place everything else seems to follow. To finish the bird the wing is popped up on a dimensional and I added colour to the eye with a journaler.

Here's a Melon Mambo version using another of the stunning papers...

... and a photo of them both together - wouldn't they make a nice gift set?!

Here's what you'll need to make today's cards:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pacific Point/Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue for sponging
Card stock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point/Melon Mambo
Other: 2 step bird punch, Beyond the Garden designer paper, journaler, stamp-a-majig
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We like to spot birds in our family although we're pretty rubbish at it really. My youngest son once went out on a bird-spotting walk with his dad and when he came back he solemnly told me he'd seen a peregrine falcon!

Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be back tomorrow with something that is so far just an idea in my head... Hope to see you then,


  1. Lovely bird cards Vicky gorgeous colours


  2. Ohhhh Vicky,I love your two step bird card! It's gorgeous! I'm wondering what the stamp was fort the beautiful leaf/branch also? Your card really is a gorgeous design! Hope you get some sunshine today,Julie x

  3. Wow! I don't use dsp as often as I'd like, but when I do I'd like my cards to turn out as stunning as these. This is what SU! is all about, isn't it? Everything you've used works brilliantly together.

  4. Your birds are very striking. I like the blues best and love this paper. I must dig out my bird punch. I ashamed to say it's gathering dust at the moment! x

  5. Hi Vicky
    Wow love that birdie .... Gorgeous card ... Fabby idea .....
    Hugs Sylvie
    Enjoy your day x
    Roy is away for 10 days.... On a sailing hol.... So will be a lot of crafting done or sunbathing ....

  6. What a gorgeous design, and so quick too. I love the chipboard feel. I had to smile at your son's interest in birdwatching... I'm a keen birdwatcher and have seen over 290 species in the UK. It's getting hard to see new species now!

  7. Beautiful cards Vicky, love how you've done the 'eyes'. x

  8. Can't go wrong with that punch and those lovely papers x

  9. Gorgeous! Love the dimension you created!

  10. They're just lovely Vicky - if birds were that colour they'd be much easier to spot too!!!

  11. These are brilliant Vicky, great use of the DSP
    M x

  12. Oh how I wish I had looked more closely at this DSP! Shame on you Vicky why didn't you use them before? Love the way you have made the birds, very clever.
    Send your son here we have a Country Park just over the road filled with all kinds of birds.
    L x

  13. Two beauties, Vicky. I love your birds and those papers are gorgeous x

  14. Love those papers Vicky, so tropical and I am going to have a go at this tip for making chipboard shapes:)
    Val x

  15. Gosh Vicky these are so impressive, the papers are alive and the birds are fantastic and yes they would make a great gift

  16. These papers are beautiful and perfect backdrop for these sweet, simple birds! Love the eyes.

  17. Fabulous! LOVE that DP (and mine is on the way!). Very pretty cards.

  18. These are lovely Vicky ~ very striking! I really love the blue DSP. Sarah xx

  19. Just beautiful Vicky Luv Sue x

  20. Lovely eye-catching design. They'd make a terrific assortment of gift cards. Helen (Sydney)

  21. I love this bird punch, especially with the chi board look! Lovely cards, Vicky.
    Cheers, Karen

  22. These are lovely cards! I have this bird punch, I really need to use it more!


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