The things linking these two cards is that they are both stamped and both cut with Nestabilities and I didn't like how they started!
This first image was stamped on white cardstock. That was much too stark so I used copic marker to tint it yellow. Then I colored in the metallic base. After I cut it out with Nestabilities the birdhouse seemed to just float so I toned the edges with distress ink. I layered over printed cardstock with a scalloped edge and stamped the greeting at the bottom (love how the scrolly brackets mimic the swirls on the cage). Finally, I used a fine line marker to draw a chain for the cage to hang from.
That was certainly easier than this next one. I started this image with the 'thumping' technique but chose colors too far apart to look right (wine and purple) and the leaves were too bright. I tried to recover it by coloring over the whole flower head with a pink marker but it was too close to the original wine so I lost a lot of definition. I colored over the leaves with a softer green with the same effect. Hmmm, now I have overall color but few lines - so I used the stamp positioner to line up the image and stamped with black over the top and it now looks like it would have if I had just stamped the image and colored it in!
Well, not one to waste an effort, I used the Nestability die to cut it out and layered over a green card with rounded corners and over a shimmery white card with an embossed texture. A purple card base links back to the original 'thumping' even though it is a distant memory by now.