bird ballad Valentine

I wanted to make a Valentine’s day card that is a bit of a departure from the usual pink and red color scheme, and this ended up nice with a Shaded Spruce card base.

Fortunately, I’ve been fussy-cutting birds and flowers from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on and off for the past couple of weeks, so I had a lot of them to layer on top of each other for this card. They’re just kind of tucked into each other, with a few popped up on those foam hexagons to give the card a bit of texture and dimension.

Making a heart shape from scratch is a little daunting, so if you look closely, you can see that I actually built up the birds on top of an intricate heart die that I cut out of vellum. The leafy edges of that die look all matchy-matchy peaking out from the edges of the heart, but I imagine any heart shape would probably work just as well–the idea is really just to have a guide for making sure the heart shape is relatively even.

Doing the heart is the complicated part of this card; I stamped some of the flower and leaf images from the Free as a Bird stamp set in Shaded Spruce ink onto the same color card stock for the background, and then added a scrap of whisper white with the sentiment (also stamped in Shaded Spruce) and finished the whole thing off with a strip of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.

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  1. Gail Clements says:

    Absolutely beautiful; outstanding! Thanks for sharing how you created this lovely card.

  2. Crystal says:

    Stunning!! I may have to give this idea a shot since I’m stymied for V day card ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lynndorian Swindell says:

    Amazingly beautiful! Now to get brave enough to CASE!

  4. Cindie McDuffee says:

    What a great card and fabulous idea! Your coloring is gorgeous and just the perfect inspiration for a little birdie card today!

    • amanda says:

      Thank you! I was originally going to try this in more traditional Valentine’s colors; I was trying to pick out the more red- and pink-colored birds at first, but then I realized that there really weren’t too many on the DSP, and also I set some pieces down on a scrap of Shaded Spruce card stock and went WOW!

  5. Virginia E Seward says:

    Wow! Your card is amazing and you are amazing for creating such a masterpiece. It is beautiful, outstanding and way too much work. I absolutely hate fussy cutting and I suck at it.

    • amanda says:

      Haha! I thought I hated fussy cutting, too, but I started and sort of got addicted and couldn’t stop, just put them in a box and didn’t do anything with them for like a month, so this card was actually pretty easy since I had a pile of birds and flowers already lying around.

  6. Margarey says:

    Really love this!