Thursday, June 02, 2016

Flying Free {Dies R Us}

Good Morning, Sweet Crafty Friends!
So glad you could stop by for a little feathery Dies R Us Inspiration!

Today's card utilizes simple layering techniques yet is FLAT for mailing! 

(so we can use our papers and dies without adding bulk and thickness)

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My card uses the following Dies R Us Products:

Memory Box Contempo Birds #30017
Spellbinders - Grand Scallop Squares
Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles (interior)
Sizzix - Branch with Leaves

The bird cage is slightly off-set with white to create a shadow.
By the way, this Impression Obsession Bird Cage cuts like butter!

The little Contempo Birds are in three pieces, and face both directions.
The layers have been "distressed" with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to give each tiny piece a little depth.

The Sizzix Branch with Leaves is layered with Olive vellum and River Rock cardstock.
This allows the vellum to be invisibly adhered to the cardstock behind it.

(the feathers have been glued on the card base, and the white layer is glued directly on top of the feathers and base of card - no dimensionals were used anywhere.

The letters were stamped in VersaMark, and a different color EP was used on each letter before fussy cutting.

The flat layering continues on the inside:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Other Products:

  • Sparkle N Sprinkle: Madagascar Green Cosmic EP, Ice Rink EP, Bullfrog EP (letters FLY)
  • Paper: KandCompany, Rust, Tan, Olive Vellum, White, River Rock
  • Stamps: Hero Arts Alphabet Upper Case Letters
  • Feathers
  • Inks: Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive Dye, VersaMark Pigment



Linda said...

Your creativity never ceases to fascinate me. Beautiful!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautiful art work,dear Donna, I love the small birds madse with these lovely dies, amazing!!

Have fun!!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Best use of the pp !! I loved how the whole theme goes along with the pp design and the diecuts compliment it beautifully !

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a fab card. Like the sentiment as well.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

D K Crafts said...

Hi Donna, such a beautiful card, so much lovely detail and such a nice sentiment. Donna

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Fabulous card Donna , Love your papers

Monica said...

This is flat and so dimensional, Donna. Always such a delight to come and see what you have created. I love the leaves here and the over all dreamy appearance of this beautiful card.

Lots of love,


Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Donna, this is gorgeous!! Pretty sure I'm going to need that little birdie die set after seeing you use it! You make all the dies look so much more appealing! Love how created a shadow with the birdcage by layering up, and your background paper is so beautiful!! LOVE IT!! hugs :)

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful Donna.

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning, Donna!! I love how you've added such dimension with the layers but managed to keep it flat!! Amazing!! The bird and cage are so beautiful!! I have those birds and haven't used them in've inspired me to let them out of the cage to fly ;) Beautiful papers, too!! Love, love this my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Janice said...

Beautiful card Donna, I love everything about it! I particularly love how you have off set the bird cage to give the shadow effect, such a clever idea.
Just shows you don't need to use foam pads or silicon glue to give dimension, it's perfect - flat.
Janice x

Lori Kobular said...

Oh Donna! I love the sentiment on this beautiful card! The paper is gorgeous and I love the bird cage and bird!

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's very beautiful Donna and great use of the dies.
Gr Karin

*Vicki* said...

Wow such a beautiful creation Donna!! I really love how you've built up your birds with the die cuts and added the colors and shading for dimension. This is such a soft and pretty design! HUGS

Becky said...

Beautiful, beautiful card!

Leslie Miller said...

I love how your birds are flying free. They're absolutely beautiful. The whole card is beautiful. I was thinking about using these birds with some birdcage dies I have, but my birds would have to be flying free, too. So pretty with the designer paper and die cut leaves. The feathers are brilliant. I always forget to use my feathers, dang it. Again you inspire me!

Darlene said...

This card is just AMAZING and GORGEOUS! LOVE the shadowed elements and the background paper is PERFECT! Fabulous shape too! YOU are SO TALENTED! Thanks for awesome inspiration once again! HUGS

pam said...

Beautiful card Donna, love the shadow on the two bird cages, pretty papers and feathers with the leaves.
Thank you again for your help.
Hugs Pam x

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous card, Donna! Love the birds and cage and you chose the perfect background paper. How beautifully that all goes together. :-D

Sue said...

Donna, what a beautiful card. That paper is just exquisite, and paired with the birdcage and bird, perfect!! What wonderful colors and design. So very pretty.


Pia S said...

This is so pretty, Donna, such a lovely dimensional look created and love the paper you've used and how everything blends together so perfectly on this card. My visits will be a bit sporadic until start July, so much to prepare before going on holidays:)

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is total genius! So much dimension, without using dimensionals! Love the added vellum to the leaves, it really adds so much to the finished product and how did your fingers manage to color all those little bird parts? Really a beautiful piece Donna!

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Donna, so many wonderful die cut details, I love how you have layered them all up but still kept it flat for posting.

Tracey said...

Fabulous card Donna & I love that sentiment :o)

Shelly said...

Donna, this is such a pretty card, love the sentiment and I love your blog!

Have a super weekend!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello there, my friend! I'm finally back in blogland! Thank you for your kind words on my blog! Your card is gorgeous! I love how you layered the birdcage and the branches! You always use such beautiful dies! I hope you have a great weekend!

Jean Bullock said...

So pretty and what a wonderful sentiment. I love the layering, the colors and the folk art feel it has. Well done. I pinned it to my Donna board.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

This is an impressive card! Very nice!

cheryl said...

On this is divine adore the beautiful detail and style hugs cheryl xxx

Team Clark said...

Lovely earth tones and gorgeous layers here!

MaryH said...

So very pretty with this lovely patterned paper. I never know how to use some of the larger designs, and this works so nicely with the great dies. (some of which I have! Yay!). Great work on combining these different elements to make a pretty and easily mailed card. Will have to relook through some of my large patterns - especially the bird ones. Just LOVE this one! TFS

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my what a beautifully designed card Donna I totally adore those little birds, the leaves, branches and the cage also the wonderful papers it is awesome
lorraine x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love that bird cage, Donna and it looks great with the white offset one!!! All the little birds are so cute and you have really created a beautiful scene with the die cuts and the pretty patterned paper!!!! And, WOW, the feathers look so soft and must be so wonderful to touch!!!! Beautifully done, my friend!!!!

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and selection of dies-great layering whilst been flat for posting a great idea
Carol x


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