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MAMA ELEPHANT | Birdie Wreath

February 21, 2019

Hello, crafty friends! Today’s card I have for you highlights Mama Elephant’s Birdie Wreath from the February release. The wreath is so, so sweet and the birdies are adorable! You can go wrong with this set. I decided to be extra today and paired it with the beautiful Gatefold X Fence CC, also released with Birdie Wreath this February!

Let’s begin! I first stamped my images and colored with Zigs. I die cut those with coordinating dies and set them aside to start on my card construction!

To be honest, at this point I didn’t really know what the order of things should be, so I just decided to keep die cutting. I took the Woodgrain CC and cut out a piece of white cardstock. Next I took this piece and die cut with the Gatefold X Fence CC. I thought the woodgrain might add a little more interest to the Gatefold X Fence and I was right! I love the added texture here. I cut out two pieces and started to noodle about how to put this together.

Because the die cutting and construction was a little bit more involved than I’m use to (I’m usually all about the CAS card but I thought I would challenge myself this month), I decided to use some pattern paper instead of ink blending to cut the time. I really want to share designs everybody can make. I heat embossed the sentiment directly onto the pattern paper background and moved on to construction.

So here goes the construction! I scored the score lines on the gate for each flap I cut. I used scor-tape on the flaps and taped it to the back of the pattern paper sky I cut down to A2. Then I glued this entire piece to an A2 side-fold card base! It makes for a very beautiful, highly interested, sturdy card!

I was so excited that I knew I had a good base, I moved on and adhered my wreath and birdies with some strong glue. Since the scene will sit behind the fence, you want everything to be relatively flat. No foam tape this time.

I finished the card by tying a thin, sheer ribbon through the slats in the fence to keep it closed. Now the recipient can open up the bow to see the completely scene and the hidden sentiment. I even added a little birdie to the fence to kick up the cute factor! Haha, I loved that little guy.

There’s plenty of room inside the card to write a message. I already plan to use this card for a cousin’s wedding in May since I used the “Happily Ever After” sentiment.

That’s it from me. Thank you for stopping by. As always, I appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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