One of my colleagues had her birthday a while back, and I wanted to play around with some new papers and wooden embellishments I got around Christmas time.

Birdie birthday - front
Birdie birthday – front

The papers are from Prima Marketing’s Epiphany collection (specifically the Striking Appearance design), which has distressed, watercolour-esque backgrounds with black doodle style images.  There is a light and whimsical feel to them, even the ones that have black backgrounds and borders.

I took one of these with a birdcage design down the side.  Trimmed the paper and edged it in burgundy, and layered onto black card, then a bit of lace wrapped down the right side.  One of the offcuts had a butterfly design on it, so I also edged it in burgundy and layered onto the first piece, overlapping the lace.  Then I used one of the matching bird wooden embellishments, which had already been painted in a whitewash.

As always, black base card means an insert is required inside.  I used white parchement, and aged it, then added another piece of the Epiphany paper offcut.  Happy Birthday stamp (PSX) on the right.

Birdie birthday - inside
Birdie birthday – inside


The black envelop also provided a challenge.  In this case I used one of my die cut labels (cream cardstock, edged in burgundy) so I could write the recipient’s name.  And then the final offcut piece was added along the base of the envelope .

As an aside note, I find it best to use all the offcuts at the time I make the card, on the inside or the envelope.  At least I know they will match the main papers, and I have found from experience that if I don’t use them at the time and ‘save them until later’ I pretty much never do.

Birdie birthday envelope
Birdie birthday envelope


Author: Philippa

I make arty mixed-media things, & write fantastical things (with kissing), & do musical & dancing things, & play gaming things, & do weightlifting things, & organise fabulous event things. But mostly I wrangle cats. Renaissance woman.

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