Well here I am back again to ease you into some Sunday morning creativity...
And as it's the day of rest, the card for this project is quite simple yet looks like you have gone to some effort for the recipient. ;o)
There are no step-by-step instructions required here, but I will share some recent discoveries (enabling alert) that I feel are a bit of a must-have companion to your Banana Frog stamps, plus some other tips for getting the look of this card.
So, tip one: If like me you love the look of vintage-ness, but are not confident using really vintage or grungy papers... you need to get yourself some of October Afternoon's Thrift Shop line. It has lovely bold yet subtle colours, but in very friendly patterns. You can either rock the vintage look with your Banana Frog stamps, or go all modern.
Tip two: Grey is the new black... well, sort of. The ink I have used for the birdcage is a grey dye ink pad from Memento (London Fog). It actually has an almost silvery look to it on this card, but it's fantastic for providing a bit of variation in your stamped image and is less harsh than good old black ink.
Tip three: You need Rock Candy Stickles. Oh yes. Never mind the fact you can never have too many Stickles... For vintage sparkle and an oh-so-subtle accent to the birdcage stamp Rock Candy totally did the job!
Tip four: Journaling cards and stickers are your friend. They really are the easy way to frame your stamped images and greetings. No measuring or cutting necessary!
Tip five: Make decorative borders interesting. If you have a border punch, see how you can mix it up a little and thread through some twine or ribbon.
Tip six: Add some depth. Just by trimming the front of the card a half inch or so before using the border punch, it makes the decorative border stand out even more.
Tip seven: Masking - it will save you a lot of frustration! To get the bird in the cage without the stamped image going beyond the edges, I first stamped the birdcage on my card. Then I created a mask by stamping again on some scrap paper and cutting out this bird cage. Finally I positioned the mask over my card and stamped the bird in black where I wanted it to appear.
Tip eight: Use left-over scraps to decorate the inside of your card to tie your entire look together.
So there you have it, one very simple yet effective card.