Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Congrats! Birdie Card Tutorial

I everyone! Gretchen here with a tutorial making this super cute (if I do say so myself!) card featuring some seriously adorable dies from the “happi” by Dena Designs Sizzix line. By now I’m sure you’ve figured out that I love pop-ups, so I decided to pair the Dena dies with the Pop `n Cut Label Insert from Karen Burniston and make something fun on the inside too.

Since I wanted a larger base for my card, I did not use the Pop `n Cut base tray to create my outside card. I did use the system with the Label Insert and then added that portion on the inside my card.

Start by creating a 5-1/2” x 5-1/2” card base out of cardstock and then cover the front with a 5-1/4” x 5-1/4” piece of patterned paper. Use your Fence die to cut two pieces out of brown and then cut both fences down with your paper trimmer making them approximately 3” tall. One fence will be used on the front and the other on the inside.

Use the Birds #3 die to cut all the pieces you need to create the smaller bird using cardstock and coordinating patterned paper. Assemble the fence and bird on the front of your card as shown in main example. Stamp sentiment and cut out and add to card front also.

Use the Flower Layers & Leaves die to create three flowers and leaves. Decorate each flower with a button threaded with embroidery floss and attach them all to the lower right hand portion of your card front. 

Use scissors to trim excess flowers and leaves that go off the edge of your card.

For the inside of your card, insert the Label Insert into the Pop `n Cut base tray die (don't forget to line up your tick marks!), and lay a piece of cardstock that is 5” long and approximately 4-1/2” wide over the main section of the Label centering it as best as you can. Make a sandwich with your cutting pads and roll it through your Big Shot machine.

Use a craft knife to make a slit on the upper fold line of the Label Pop `n Cut that is approximately 1/2” wide (example shown in white above) - you will be sliding your tree through this slit. Start about a 1/4” to the right of that left side opening. Fold the Label Pop `n Cut as shown on package instructions.

Use the Tree & Heart die to cut your tree top, trunk, and small heart.

Glue down your Pop `n Cut Label piece to the inside of your card.

Place your tree top on the top left portion of the inside of your card and glue it down. Cut approximately 1” off the end of your tree trunk and slide it down through the slit. Place the top portion of the tree trunk on the tree top to make sure it will be centered correctly – it may be necessary to trim the end of the trunk down a bit more – and then glue down.

Use the Birds #3 die to cut the required pieces to make the bigger bird using cardstock and coordinating patterned paper.

Glue down your fence that you previously cut to the Label portion of the Pop `n Cut. Assemble your bird and glue it down over the fence.

Stamp your sentiment onto white. Cut a thin strip out of coordinating cardstock to tuck underneath the top of the sentiment block and use the Borders & Hydrangeas die by Eileen Hull to create a scallop and tuck that border scallop underneath the bottom portion of the sentiment block. Glue everything together as shown.

Cut one more flower and two petals using the Flower Layers & Leaves die, decorate the flower with a button and embroidery floss and glue down to the inside of your card as shown in example. Once you’re done, go back and outline the front and inside of the card.

You’re card is now complete! Fun on the outside and in… who wouldn’t love that?!

Cardstock: Bazzill - White, Green Tea, Berry Sensation, Yellow, Teal, Pink, Black; Core’dinations Foundations - Polar Ice.
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Everyday Eclectic Collection – Chevron Woodgrain, Hexagons, Kraft Clouds.
Stamps: The Stamps of Life – talk2me
Ink: Hero Arts – Black
Adhesive: Zig 2Way Glue, Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, Glue Dots.
Misc: Buttons, embroidery floss, black pen, scissors, paper trimmer
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  1. So cute and so colorful, Gretchen. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Adorable! That entire Dena line makes me happi!

  3. This is so cute Gretchen! Love the little scene and how you used all those fun dies. I am happy that the fence die is coming my way soon, but I really want those birds too.

  4. I love this Gretchen, I have all but 4 of the Happi dies :)


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