I had this sentiment had thought it so perfect for a toucan birthday card. The first thing I did was pick out a paper for the background. I wanted it bright with yellow and orange since those colors are in the birds' beaks. There were multiple options but I liked this one for its casual feel. From there the colors were chosen and the rest was easy.
I cut the pieces from various colors of cardstock using two oranges (beaks, feet, flowers) and two yellows (bird, cake, flowers). I cut the cake stand from silver and then used paper snips to cut off the base to make a cake plate. I assembled the birds but did not attach the eyes or feet. I wanted the eyes to be looking towards the cake and the feet on the branch, so these will need to be the added last.
Since all of this will be adhered to an A2 card base, I cut a panel from my patterned paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. I used white cardstock to cut a rectangle using the largest of the Nested Wacky Stitched Rectangles.
I stamped the sentiment in the lower left corner of the white rectangle, centered it on the panel and added the branch and cake. I placed the birds on the card without gluing down to finalize placement of the branch.
I glued the body of the lower toucan first leaving the head unattached so I could slip in the upper toucan and adjust its placement. When that was done I adhered the lower toucan's head using a fine tipped glue. Then I added the eyes and feet.
The lower right of the card looked a bit bare so I added a few flowers. Normally I like white space on cards but this one is so festive It seemed to need MORE! So I added....
a few sequins for bling! After all, what's a party without sparkle?
And now a little extra tip:
When cutting the beak, feet, body and flowers I had colors for parts that I did not use. It took just a few minutes to assemble a few more beaks and flowers. Now I have them ready to use on other cards. Not exactly the same as this card, but definitely usable. I store these in the die package so they are ready to go!
- Dies: Cottage Cutz - Toucan, Nested Stitched Wacky Rectangles, Layered Cake & Stand, Garden Bear (branch)
- Stamps: The Stamps of Life toucan2stamp (sentiment)
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