The stencil I used the other day with birds in the branches is actually a 6 x 6 piece that also includes some birdcages hanging from the branches. For those cards I blocked out all the birdcages. Today, however, I left one of the cages exposed. I also used three color sprays instead of the sponging like before and I used watercolor paper to control the bleeding and buckling of the paper.
I used a bit of a red, a blue and a green - trying to control where the color sprayed to give it a painterly look. I then pierced at the top and bottom of the hanging chain and threaded scrappers floss through to tape on the back. I added a bow of the same at the top of the cage.
I made a color blocked background to represent the sky and the ground and cut a pre-stamped sentiment. The center of the strip is popped up on foam but the ends are flat to the paper.
I added a clear sticker to the bottom edge.