Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

Hi everyone, Tara here! I will admit it right now - my niche is not in paper-crafting. Normally, when I play with my Sizzix Big Shot machine, I am dreaming up home decor, jewelry, or more recently - quilting projects.

When I opened up my package of Lori Whitlock's new gorgeous Thinlits designs - Hello Doily and For the Birds -  I fell in love with the sweet little bird who perched atop a branch. Despite my fear of them in the air or on the ground, I am a sucker for all-things-bird.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

I grabbed some white cardstock and started cranking out some cuts.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

This Hello Doily die is easily my favourite. The possibilities for it are endless. I wanted to cut out a dozen of them, and then sit mini cupcakes atop them. I know, somehow I always circle back to a tea party, don't I? 

I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do with my die cuts, but then I remembered my small stash of alcohol inks.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

I started playing with different ink combinations and blended them atop the cardstock. I tried a blending pad and also various pieces of felt - they both worked really well at transferring the ink to the paper.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

I grabbed a small piece of gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a feather and a "joy" die cut.

And here is where I did some learning about card making: it's all about editing.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

I am most definitely a "less is more" person. I prefer simple designs and clean lines.

The feathers were overkill. I immediately regretted them.

Thankfully, adhesive vinyl peels off most surfaces, and so in an instant....

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

... they were gone.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY

This card is a simple one: just a little blue bird singing out his joy. But it is a project that has given me an appetite for alcohol inks. I'm already imagining what my next piece will be.

Cardmaking Joy: A Springtime DIY
... and these doilies. It's not my last project with these little beauties.

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Other Materials Used:

  • White Cardstock
  • An assortment of alcohol inks (I used Ranger and Adirondack)
  • Blending tool or pieces of felt
  • Glue dots
  • Gold Adhesive Vinyl

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