Birdhouse Cubbies Slimline Card – Adding Dimension without Pop-Dots, Gems or Bows!!!

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Today’s was inspired by the current Ai Blog Challenge and that was to create a birthday card to celebrate Bonnie’s birthday! Please feel free to join us in this blog challenge by posting your card or project that has a birthday theme….any birthday theme will do! I’m sure Bonnie would love to see what you create to celebrate her special day!

Today we will be creating a fun slimline card using the Ai Birdhouse Cubbies Set (5346). This adorable set includes a beautiful birdhouse, birds, flowers, a vine and several fun sentiments! An added bonus is that this set does include the dies! You will love how the birdhouse die cuts out the window openings and the doors on the birdhouse which make this image very interactive!

For this card I decided to add an additional challenge for myself which was to create a one layer card that would have lots and lots of texture, dimension and interest without adding any ribbons, bows, gems or pop-dots! I will give you some tips and tricks for doing this in today’s video.

Let’s get started by stamping and coloring all of our images using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Sugared Almond Pink, Pale Orange, Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Mid Green, Dark Green, Aquamarine Blue, Smoky Teal, Beige, Gray Brown, Mid Brown, Lt Gray. Once the coloring is complete we can die cut all of the images.

Next let’s create a frame for the decorated card panel to sit inside by using the Ai Slimline Dies Set (5463). To set the scene for this card panel we will add some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Speckled Egg and then we will spatter the panel with the same ink and also some teal colored metallic watercolor paint!

Going back to the same stamp set we will stamp our cute sentiment on the front of the card and this says “A little birdie told me it was your birthday”. This set has several cute coordinating sentiments!

Let’s cut off the post on the birdhouse so that it looks like it is hanging from a tree branch. We will use a black permanent marker to create the ribbon for the birdhouse and then draw on a cute little bow. Now we can add all of our little birds, flowers and vines….again gluing everything flat….but you could certainly pop some items up if you wish!

So hopefully you can see how easy it is to add lots of interest and dimension to your cards by using a variety of fun and creative techniques!

Please join me in wishing Bonnie a blessed and beautiful birthday!!!

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Art Impressions Birdhouse Cubbies Set (5346) (Art Impressions) (

Art Impressions Slimline Dies Set (5463) (Art Impressions) (

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen (Art Impressions)

Post-it Labeling and Cover-up Tape (Art Impressions)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens ( Warms Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad (

Prima Metallic Pastel Accents

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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads – Speckled Egg (

Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer (

Tim Holtz Titanium Shears 9.5″ (

Tim Holtz Mini Snips 5″ (

Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive (

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 1-5mm Black (

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Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad (

Hero Arts Blending Brush (

LDRS Creative STAMPendable Stamping Tool (

MISTI Original (

MISTI Sticky Mats (

MIS-T Rulers (

Sizzix Sidekick Die Cutting Machine

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Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (

Dress My Craft – Mini Score Board (

Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100lb Cardstock (