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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Feather Your Nest Card

As soon as I saw the Bitten By The Bug challenge this week, the idea for this card formed.  This is a shaped trifold card that has a pocket on the inside for a gift card/check or money.
I started with a piece of 8.5"x 12" white cardstock scored at 4" and 8" to make the trifold base.  Using my Gypsy, I welded the birdhouse from Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and the frame from Accent Essentials cartridge.  The frame is 4.25" high and rotated 90 degrees and the birdhouse is 4.50" high.  I cut the welded frame and birdhouse from purple cardstock and then traced it onto the "front" of my trifold card.  I then cut it out except along the right (folded) edge.  I then cut another birdhouse out of the striped paper (which was inspired by my daughter's curtain which you can see in the background of my picture).  I used a navy blue cardstock for the trim pieces on the birdhouse.  I used dimensional foam to attach the birdhouse to the purple welded shape (which was glued to the white cardstock).  I then cut two birds from Gypsy Font cartridge at 1" high.  I used more dimensional foam to attach them to the front of the card.

The middle and back sections were shaped in a similar manner.  I first adhered the cloud paper to both pieces.  I used the tree branch from the Serenade cartridge cut at 2.75" high for the back layer and 2" high for the middle layer.  I played around with the angle of the branches and then traced and cut the white cardstock out around the top of the branch and leaves.

I did most of the cutting with my exacto knife and it was very slow and tedious, but I think it is well worth the effort.  Next time I go shopping, I'm going to look for a better knife (if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them).  For the inside of the card, I cut another frame shape from Accent Essentials at 3.75" high.  I used 1/4" Super Tacky Tape from Provo Craft to adhere the bottom and sides in order to form a pocket.  I cut two clouds from the Serenade cartridge (width was 3.75" not sure on the heights) for the sentiment and for a place to sign the card.

 The sentiments reads: "Just a little something to help feather your nest!"

This card was a lot of trial and error (I went through 3 different white bases), but I love the finished card.  The best thing about it is that it turned out exactly as I first envisioned it.  Sorry the pictures aren't so good - it was dark before I was able to take them.  I will be entering this card into 3 challenges.
Bitten By The Bug 2
Fantabulous Cricut challenge #49
Pile It On Challenge

Thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments!

10 comments:

BugBites

This is adorable. what a great idea for a gift card. Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB.

**Treefrog**

What a GREAT card! Sounds like a labor of Love. I love those little birds, I don't use my G very much (I like Deign Studio a bit more) so that's why I didn't know about those cute little birdies, I'll have to get out my G and use them for something, they are too cute! Thanks for joining us this week over at BBTB2!
((Hugs)) Theresa

Crayola58

A labor of love indeed.... You've made some darling things.... thanks for joining us on our BBTB2 challenge this week.
Carole

Jeri

Wow--what an industrious design. You put a lot of work into this card and it shows. It's really grand. Thanks for playing along with us at BBTB2.

Maquel

Great design!! It must have taken some time and effort!! :) Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!!

Maquel
http://papermaineiac.blogspot.com

Dana

This is really nice. I like the way it opens. Thanks for playing at FCCB.

Jamie

What a great idea!! This is really pretty! Thanks for playing along with us this over at FCCB!

Lisa

What a fun idea...so cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at FCCB!

Lisa
prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

DonnaMundinger

OOOh, how fun and creative! I've always wanted to try a card like this. LOVE the sentiment too. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at BBTB2 xxD

Amber

This is such a creative idea! I love all the different pieces and the bright colors! You did a great job with this! TFS how you made it and Good Luck with your challenges!

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