ILoveToCreate: A Little Birdy Mother's Day Card
A Little Birdy Mother’s Day Card
Margot and Avalon Potter for ILoveToCreate
“Mom crafted, kid approved.”
Mother's Day is coming soon and here's a great way to give Mom something handcrafted and from the heart. This card is a work of art she can frame and enjoy for many years to come. You can use any layered dies and coordinated papers you prefer so your card is custom made for your Mom!
My daughter Avalon and I love all things Hello Kitty. I mean we LOVE all things Hello Kitty and particularly the array of characters in her pantheon. So when she picked out this adorable bird die and wanted to do a project with it, it was kismet. I'm really happy with how this all came together. This card has everything I love on it and is from the person I love the most in the world. It really doesn’t get better than that, does it? You can use any layered dies you like, just gather up a variety of coordinating papers and cut the layers so they are multi-patterned. It is so easy to stick it all together with Aleene’s glue stick and Liquid Fusion glue. You can take a trip to pick up the materials and stop by your local thrift shop or Antique mall to score the buttons and have some good quality mother/daughter time. Let’s face it-every gal likes an excuse for a shopping trip!
Sizzix Hello Kitty Big Shot Die “Birdie”
Sizzix Large Folder Flowers, Spring and Paisley Embossing Set
Martha Stewart Lace Edge Punch
Coordinated Patterned Scrapbook Papers (you’ll need 5 different sheets)
Coordinated Heavy Cardstock in a solid color to match patterned papers
Various coordinating vintage or new buttons and buckles to stack in layers
Printed out text in Mia’s Scribblings 24 pt. from daFont.com “A Little Birdy Told Me It Was Your Special Day” and “Happy Mother’s Day From Your Little Birdy”
Aleene’s Liquid Fusion Glue
Aleene’s Acid Free Tacky Glue Stick
Sizzix Big Shot Machine with accessories/platform
Precision Paper Cutter (I have a big office sized one here, but you can use a smaller one. )
1. Create your card background by cutting a large piece of cardstock to 11.5” tall and 7” wide on a paper cutter.
2. Fold paper along center, lining up edges and use bone folder to make a sharp crease.
3. Cut the Birdie die three times, using three different coordinating papers.
4. Use scissors to cut out elements in various colors for layering, following the marks left by the die cutter. I did the wings in one color, the flower and beak in another and the background in a third.
5. Use glue stick to adhere layers together.
6. Emboss a fourth coordinating patterned paper with the flowers folder.
7. Cut this on a paper cutter to 3.5” tall by 5.5” wide.
8. Cut a final coordinating paper to 4” tall by 5.5” wide.
9. Use the fancy edge punch to make a decorative edge along the top and bottom of the embossed sheet. Line the holes up with the image on the punch to make sure you get an unbroken line.
10. Print your text. Cut around text leaving a thin border.
11. Place inside text segment on a final coordinating piece of patterned paper and mark so you can cut it to frame your text.
12. Use a glue stick to layer the various elements. The front of the card starts with the centered 3.5x5.5 rectangle, followed by the centered embossed rectangle on an angle and the bird which is on an opposite angle. See photo for details.
13. Adhere text to the bottom left corner of the card with a glue stick.
14. Select buttons for top left and bottom right edges of your design, the flower and the eye on the bird. I took an old plastic buckle and cut out the center rung for the bottom left accent. I also placed the buttons so the inner buttons were flush to the edge of the central image. See photo for details.
15. Adhere the inside text to the border using a glue stick. Adhere that to the center of the inside of the card on an angle.