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Friday, November 12, 2010

Out of shape

H2H Challenge

The theme this week at H2H is to create a NON-rectangular or square card.

My card is in the shape of a bird and I feel I might need to explain a bit of what went into the creation of this cardI found a picture of a bird that I liked and then sketched it onto a piece of cardstock, then cut it out.  I used this as my template.  I traced my template onto chipboard, but I didn't have a piece large enough for the entire bird, so I used two pieces of chipboard.  I then traced the bird again onto cardstock and glued the chipboard onto it like puzzle pieces.  I then pasted a piece of plain copy paper onto the top of the chipboard, so I created a kind of sandwich to keep the pieces together.  On the copy paper I used a ruler and made a grid pattern to use as guidelines.  I cut 1" squares of paper from two of the patterned papers from Mistletoe and attached them in a patchwork pattern onto my grid pattern.  Some of the pieces hung over the edge of the bird, so I trimmed them close, then once I had the entire bird covered, I used the sanding block to even all the edges.  Next, I once again traced the bird onto cardstock and another piece of patterned paper and glued them together to be the inside of the card (I needed it to be a little heavier).  I used a hinge on the tail so it would open (backwards unfortunately).  I used the poinsettia flowers from the Mistletoe embellishment pack and cut each of the petals into individual pieces then pieced them together to create the wing.  I used an artificial holly sprig to dress up the wing a bit.  I used cranberry ribbon around his neck.  The little brooch looking embellies in the Mistletoe embellishment pack gave me an idea to go through all the costume jewellery I have accumulated over the years and add them to my papercrafting items, so I used an earring that I removed the post backing from for the birds eye.

Supplies used are listed above.  Cardstock color is Colonial White.



  1. Wow! How creative! Love the patchwork style and colors! You're a resourceful crafter...we don't always have what we need on hand but the talented ones will make do with what they have! Great job! Thanks for playing along with us at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

  2. Fabulous bird card, I love your patchwork design you can see all the work that went into this. What a great idea to use old jewlrey. Thanks so much for playing along at H2H!

  3. there are so many great ideas working on this little bird - the wings, the patchwork, the hinge - all very FUNN.


  4. Very original and the colours are stunning....well done on a fab card xxx

  5. Incredibly creative!! Love the patchwork!! Thanks for playing along with us again this week at H2H!!

  6. Very pretty, great shape too:) Thanks for playing along with H2H.


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