Have you joined in with our latest Cupcake Inspirations challenge yet? Our theme is “Oh Birdie”, and the kind of bird you decide to include on your project is entirely up to you! I decided to use some cute little Lawn Fawn birds and make an interactive wedding card.
I decided I would start by making the camera element as, with the magic iris, that would be the most complicated part of the card. I dug through my old Love From Lizi card kit and found these papers from the February 2020 kit. I cut the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Camera Add-On from both the blue and the pink patterned papers, then trimmed the pink so that I could use it as the strip across the camera. As the patterned papers are not very sturdy I also cut the camera again from a stronger white card and adhered the patterned papers onto it.
For the other parts of my camera I used some ivory specialty card which I pulled from the March 2020 kit. I also used these for the ‘sausage’ parts of the magic iris. For the parts that wouldn’t be visible I just used the same sturdy white card as the back of my camera.
Before adding the camera to the card base I needed to create my little scene of birds to have show when the iris is opened. I used the camera as a guide then stamped the branch from Winter Sparrows with Catherine Pooler Twilight ink. I then positioned the couple from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Wedding stamp set so that they would appear to be on the branch, then stamped with MFT Black Hybrid ink.
I kept my colouring fairly simple, matching the colours as closely as possible to those of the papers I’d used. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, and the colours I used are listed to the right. After colouring the birds I felt like I needed a background, which I added in green, radiating from around them.
Once I’d finished the colouring I kind of regretted adding the green… but I didn’t want to start over. Instead I grabbed some Love From Lizi Mint Glitter Pinstripe Peel-Offs and added them onto the camera, helping to tie the green into the design more. I also decided to add a heart to the stamped design, pulling it from the same Happy Wedding set and keeping it tone-on-tone by using Altenew Frayed Leaf ink.
Male bird and flower – TB1, TB2
Female bird – AP1, AP3
Beaks – CT1
Background – LG1
All that was left to do was adhering the camera to the card base. The magic iris has some depth to it, so the rest of the camera needed to be popped up to keep it on the same level. I am avoiding using foam tape as it is not good for the environment. I do still have some that I should finish using up, but I will not buy any more. Instead I stacked snippets of card together and used those to add the necessary dimension to the camera. Better for the environment than the plastic foam tape, and uses up odds and ends of card too! It’s a win-win.
I did consider whether I should add a sentiment to the design but, as you can see, decided against it. I felt the love in the patterned paper works well enough. Plus this way it can be used for a wedding, but also could be for an anniversary, Valentine’s, or any other time that love is required!
I hope this inspires you to come and join in with our challenge. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on the challenge site or directly at their blogs via the links below.
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes and Optional: Interactive/Fancy Fold
Crafty Animals – Anything Goes with an Animal
Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – Use Patterned Paper
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge – Oh Birdie
Dies R Us – Anything Goes with Dies
Krafty Chicks – Stamping
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
Tic Tac Toe Challenge – Tic Tac Toe Board (I went with the top row: Wedding / Die Cut / Pink or Red)
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)