This week the Free For All Challenge is to create a card with the theme “Birds of a Feather.” I decided to pull out my Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Dies, along with Sizzix’s new 3-D Feathers Embossing Folder to create my card.
I began by die cutting some Kraft Cardstock using the largest My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix 3-D Feather Embossing Folder. To help the feathers stand out I used Distress Oxide Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to lightly ink blend over the raised surface of the feathers. Later I decided to add a little Salty Ocean to the center of the feathers to compliment the colors used on the feathers.
I die cut the feathers from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and ink blended them using Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio. To help them standout on the card front I eventually decided to ink the edges with Salty Ocean. I liked the feathers, but they needed a little something to add visual interest, so I pulled out my Tim Holtz Collect Stampers Anonymous Burlap Stencil and lightly pounced Salty Ocean Distress Ink onto each feather, which gave them an interesting pattern.
I wrapped some Gold Decorative Trim from Hobby Lobby three times around the base of the card front and tied it in a knot. I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the two largest feathers, glued the smallest in place with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then removed the backing and adhered the largest feathers over the top.
For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of white cardstock with the same colored used on the feathers, dried it with my heat tool and then stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s Fair Feathers with VersaMark Ink and heat set it with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.
A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs Base Weight Dark Chocolate Cardstock. The dry embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. The sentiment was cut into a then strip and adhered directly to the cardbase with liquid glue and the card was done.
- Mama Elephant Fair Feathers
- Distress Oxide Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
- Cuttlebug Feathers and Arrows Die
- My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
- Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate Base Weight Cardstock
- Kraft Cardstock from Scraps
- VersaMark Ink
- Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
- 3M ½” Foam Tape
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- Ranger Multi Medium Matte
- Sizzix Feathers Embossing Folder
- Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim Gold
- Tim Holtz Collection Stampers Anonymous Burlap