Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Springtime in Paris Card Set

Through a black and white lens

Don’t you just love it when you plan something and it just comes together naturally without a lot of rework?   Oops...did I type that?  I know you all thought I was perfect, right!  LOL! 

My inspiration for this set of cards was a grouping of blocks that had “Paris” painted on them.  Gift PackageI decided to use the bird cage to change up the words a little bit.  The bird cage from the Nature Walk set was a logical choice as the cage was thin-lined and would show the “A” through it!  I haven’t done too much overstamping except when using background stamps…but, I like it!

The background is a retired favorite of mine the Linen background stamp.  I let my fingers do the walking on the back to allow for an uneven image to appear with the Crumb Cake ink.  A little tear and some sponging finished up this All Occasion card set. 

To package a set of four cards and envies up, I Bird of PARIS decided that I needed a bird to complete the set. I used a fabric strip, some frayed ribbon and a piece of linen thread to extend the bird’s tail. I really think the extra plumage attracts the eye to these simple cards. Only a Paris bird would have so much going on, right? What do you think?

Stamps:  Broadsheet Alphabet, Nature Walk(Occasions Mini- Retired?) , Linen (Retired) 
Papers:   Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Very Vanilla Craft Ink 
Accessories: Button, Linen Thread, 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Basic Black, fabric strip,
Tools: Two Step Bird Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear Blocks for Alpha stamping, sponge
Techniques Used: Frayed Ribbon, Tearing, Sponging

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy! 

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Tip:  Using a clear mount alpha set is a dream when creating words.  I lined up the letters on the “I” block and stamped 20 panels in minutes!


  1. This is a beautiful card!! I have to say I visited your blog a few days ago and just loved the projects you have posted and your style as well. I tried leaving a comment then, but I was having some technical troubles. lol TFS

  2. Wow Linda, again you knock me over with how gorgeous your cards are. The birdcage under the A is wonderful; love, LOVE the plume on the bird; great use of the linen BG stamp (I just found mine a few days ago it had been MIA for some time); finally, I need to rethink how I use my alpha sets.