For a February swap we were to make a card using birds or birdhouses. I immediately thought of the stencil I have of birdcages hanging in a tree.
I only wanted one birdcage so I blocked out all the others with removeable tape. I used daubers and Distress Ink to color the open areas of the stencil: green for the leaves, brown for the branches, teal for the birds and grey for the birdcage.
Then I removed this stencil and replaced it with a chevron stencil. This time I used glimmer sprays in blue and pink to spritz the card. This required a heat gun drying step.
I followed this by running the piece through the Cuttlebug with the script folder. Then I used a foam pad to sponge on some Distress Ink in old paper to the raised portions except inside the birdcage.
Then I trimmed down the panel and mounted it on teal and brown cardstock.
I added a string of rhinestones across the base of the birdhouse and some matching individual ones at the base of some of the leaves.
This came out precisely as I envisioned it. How often does THAT happen?