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.