Thursday, August 9, 2012

Birdhouse Garden with Character Construction

Hi Dreamers!
Lovely rainy day here in Michigan!   Today, I have two garden themed cards to share.  I used stamps from Character Construction.  Set #4 from Mad Tea Party and Set #22 from Birds & Bees Paperie.  I created a garden scene by stamping with black dye ink on white CS.  And, that is where the similarity between the two cards ends.

Pink Birdhouse Garden

The images are colored with Copic Markers.  I used some Distress ink on the white cardstock: Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet.  I punched a pink edging for the bottom of the card.

I added  buttons just for fun and some tiny pink pearls.  Isn't this birdy sweet??!!

I wrapped a sheer ribbon around the card and knotted a pink ribbon around the sheer ribbon.  

And, on to card number two, which is more vintagey.

Vintage Birdhouse Garden

I stamped the images exactly the same on the white CS.  I was thinking that I wanted to use paint some how.  And, then, I thought of my Crackle paints.  I brushed on some Brushed Corduroy and realized that it covered the stamping.    OOOPPS.  I grabbed a rag and rubbed it off and it left a really cool staining effect.   Loved that!!  Then I went over everything with Rock Candy (which is clear) Crackle paint (Ranger).    The paint takes a while to dry, so I went to bed.....  In the morning, the paint was all dry and cracklely.  

I tore the painted and stamped piece to size.  Added some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and layered onto dark brown and peach CS.   I continued the button idea on this card too.  Added a bit of lace.

Inside of card

Stamped the Birdhouse again on the inside and added more Rusty Hinge ink.  I left plenty of room to write a note.

Now, how about a few Challenges??!!!

Simon Says Stamp-bingo---Pink Birdhouse Garden---Ribbon, die cut, and buttons
Tuesday Alchemy- bingo---Pink Birdhouse Garden---Ribbon, free, and buttons

Simon Says Stamp and Show: paint--Vintage Birdhouse Garden
Vintage Elusions: anything goes-mixed media--Vintage Birdhouse Garden

Well, that's it for today.  See you Saturday for the finished project that was on my work desk yesterday.  Have a great evening!  Love ya.


  1. Two fantastic cards - variations on a theme! I love the quirky bird figure, and the bird house is great. Love it on the inside of card 2 too!
    Alison x

  2. stunning thanks for joining us at vintage elusions cards and crafts and good luck emma xx

  3. 2 such lovely cards! Love all the prety details and the crackle effect!Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy this week! Good luck! Hugs and sunshine

  4. Gorgeous card and pretty details!

    Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!
    Hugs Katya x

    P.S I am having a blog giveaway at my personal blog, you are very welcome to join

  5. Karen, those cards are a really cool example of how the exact same stamp can look so totally different...depending on how you finish them out. I like all of your examples. I am particularly fascinated with the last card because I just love the vintage "artsy" type style. I love the crackle effect you achieve with the Rock Candy. Very cool! Love the happy accident with the Brushed Corduroy, too! Yep...Brushed Corduroy Crackle Paint is DEFINITLEY it would have covered up your stamping. But I really like the staining effect you got when you quickly rubbed it off. Hmm...You might have discovered a new technique! haha Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Love the stamps, too! <3 Candy

  6. Beautiful creations, Karen two very different looks with same stamps. Happy you could share with us this week at Vintage Elusions; good luck in the challenge. Look forward to seeing you again. Vee xx

  7. Fabulous cards! I love the vintage feel of them

    Thank you for sharing with us at Tuesday Alchemy!

    *hugs* Shell x

  8. I love how your card turned out, and the look of the crackled (second) card is just so cool. It changes the whole look just a bit - in a very neat way. Adding to that aged/distressed look and you've got me inspired! I think I'll have to try 'crackling' my next finished card!

  9. I love how you showed how they turn out using different styles. Great job integrating all of these techniques for our BINGO challenge this week at Tuesday Alchemy!


  10. These are great! Very versatile stamps!


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