Over the next several weeks I am going to be sharing cards made using the retiring annual catalog stamps, dies, and punches. Today, I used Free as a Bird stamp set, and the birds and more dies. These are last-chance items, while supplies last, and some are deeply discounted. Perhaps my cards will give you the nudge you need to snatch them up.
I wanted a simple card that focused on the bird and the branch so I played around with various layouts and papers. Inspiration struck when I was digging through my stash of white cardstock and came across the white card base with the embossed panel already attached, leftover from a previous crafting session but unused.
The designer series paper in the background is from the soon to retire Pattern Party Host DSP. I love this dsp with the bright colors on one side and the black and white designs on the other. This design looked like bird prints to me.
Don’t you just love a black/white/red color combination? I considered leaving the bird just black and white but then decided to color him with my stampin’ blends using Poppy Parade, Medium Deep 400, Medium 600, Deep 100, and the color lifter. The browns are from the new Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends designed with skin tones in mind but obviously, they can be used for so much more than that. They can be purchased as a collection of 10, or in packs of two complementary colors.
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