Start to Finish: Today is the Day Bird Card

I was recently asked to join Midnite Dezyne Design Team which is owned by a friend of mine who creates digital images for paper crafts. One of the images that I chose to work with was the Fancy Bird.

I colored it in with my Copic Markers in BG15, BG17 and BG07. I also added in some glitter work with a Sakura Glitter Pen. I cut it out right next to the outer line and trimmed off part of the tail as well.

Next up it was time to make the base for the bird and button to sit on. I knew I wanted to go with a rosette of two different sizes. I grabbed some of my scrap strips of paper and began to score it at every ¼”. The larger rosette is about 1 ½” wide by 12” while the smaller rosette was cut down to ¾” wide by 8”.

Once all the score marks are made, it’s time to fold the paper back and forth. This was where I decided this strip was too wide and I cut it down to work for the smaller rosette.

Next I need to get the circles ready that the rosettes are to attach to. I punched out a 1 ½” circle from a scrap sheet of paper for each. I then covered it with strips of Sookwang tape. I am loving how strong this tape is for just about anything. Make sure to trim off the edges so it doesn’t overhang in the next step.

Now it’s time to form the rosette. Line up the edges to where the meet together. I trim off about 1/8”of the top one so that it fits in without overhanging on top.

Grab some more of the Sookwang tape and apply it on the two folds of the strip of paper that are going on the bottom.

Once that is done push the rosette down onto the circle and hold it in place while it adheres. You might have to put a slight weight on top of it for awhile.

The back should look like this once you are done creating your rosette.

Next up, it’s time to distress the edges of the rosette. For the polka dot one I used Broken China Distress Ink and then the grey one I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink.

Now it’s time to work on the base of the card. Cut a piece of the cream text paper at 4” x 5 ¼”. Then distress the edges with Weathered Wood Distress Ink before tying on a strip of teal seam binding tape in a knot.

Adhere the Fancy Bird to the larger rosette and find a spot for it on the background paper. Adhere with one layer of foam tape. You may have to reposition the seam binding tape to make it work well. Also, add a bit of twine around the knot for a different look.

Before adhering the next rosette, grab your sentiment stamp for the bottom left corner. You will need to do this before the other rosette is adhered so that you do not bump into it with your clear block.

Now grab a small flower stamp and do three small spots in the top right hand corner.

For the second rosette, grab a clear button and tie off with twine. Then grab some matching aqua paint and paint the back of the button with a thick layer of paint. This will allow it to shine through. Set aside and let it dry.

Punch a 1” circle from the cream text paper, distress with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and adhered to the top of the small rosette. Adhere the painted button on top of that as well. Add rhinestones to the top of the three flowers and some doodle lines around the edges once you have adhered it to a black A2 base.

4 thoughts on “Start to Finish: Today is the Day Bird Card”

  1. Thanks for sharing the how to.. I always feel like I’m reinventing the wheel when I go to make paper rosettes. Must memorize the dimensions you used. I used glue dots in the past but they kept unfurling, going to try again with paper tape..


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