Spring is in the air and I love creating colorful scene cards with die cut bird houses. I have a little secret. I didn’t use a birdhouse die set to create my colorful bird houses. And, I have a surprise. I have a short video at the end of my post showing how simple it is to make the houses using nesting rectangle and square sets along with a decorative frame die. This is the first video I have shared on my blog since I did my three Ribbon Tying tutorials in 2008. I have lots of project ideas to share with you in the future and I’m sure my video technology skills will improve with practice. LOL!
The three houses were made using Rubbernecker 5003D Nested Rectangle Die Set, 5001D Nested Square Die Set, 5028D Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Set and 5131D Square Combo #1 OPC Die Set. The scenery was made using 5126D Tree Panel #1 Die, 5142-05D Birds Die, 5114D Mini Flower Stack, 5118D Leaf Group Die and 5030D Nested Oval Scallop Die Set.
Assembling the Framed Scene
I created my scene on a 6″ x 6″ card base so I could show off my three spring colored bird houses. I used a Grand Calibur Square die to cut the 6″ x 6″ square. I’m sorry I couldn’t find a set anywhere to link for you. All the images and foliage were cut using retired Stampin’ Up! cardstock from the Soft Subtles color family. I created a soft blue sky background on the card base using a cloud template, ink blending tool and Tumbled Glass ink. The frame and scalloped ground sections were attached together using double stick tape and then I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame. I cut two tree panel sections and cut each of them apart right down the middle. I attached both halves of the first panel to the back of the mounting tape on the frame and then attached one trimmed section of the second tree panel to the center back of the frame. I applied double stick tape around the whole frame and attached it to the card base.
Assembling the Die Cut Bird Houses and Scene
I assembled the bird houses and attached a matching piece of cardstock to the backs of each so the scenery wouldn’t show through the circle openings. I wanted to decorate the holes on each birdhouse so I punched out circles on a piece of white cardstock and trimmed around each of them with my deckle scissors to create a decorative frame and attached them with glossy accents. Each assembled birdhouse was attached to a wood grain post and then attached to the card base using mounting tape. The foliage sections were tucked in behind the grass and around the bird houses using glossy accents. The tiny flowers were formed using my stylus and molding pad and I added both the birds and tiny flowers to the scene for the finishing touch.
I made this short video to show how I made the bird houses and also to encourage you to look at the products you have in your supply stash with new eyes. You never know what you may come up with.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have been inspired to make your own die cut bird houses into a project and/or anything else you may come up with after taking stock of your supplies.