January 25, 2013


There are just so many things I love about the Stampin' Up! set, Nature Walk. The row of eggs and the bird (a robin?) especially appealed to me. All the images are so beautifully rendered.

One of the things I did when mounting the set (I own the wood mount set) is to cut the row of five eggs into individual eggs, and mounted them as individual stamps. While I did like the row of eggs -- so neat and orderly -- I decided that they would be much more versatile (to me) as separate images. As evidenced in this card.

By having them as separate entities, I was able to scatter them willy nilly around the edge 
of the card, creating a much less formal look.

While the foreign-looking words behind the cage is from a retired stamp set, there are other current sets that contain images that would work equally as well -- possibly even better! You 
could try Summer Silhouettes (page 82 of the big catalog), the large label turned on its side 
from Layered Labels (page 103 of the big catalog), The Open Sea (page 104 of the big catalog), Creative Elements (page 126 of the big catalog), Oh Hello (page 4 in the Spring Catalog), or Beyond Plaid (page 14 in the Spring Catalog). 

The technique used to get the effect on the center panel is referred to as masking. It is a ridiculously easy way of having one image appear to be behind the foreground image without covering up any of the main image.

To create a Caged card of your own:

Fresh Cuts stamp set (the sentiment)
Nature Walk stamp set
Rustic Rooster (the foreign words)

Soft Suede card stock
Bashful Blue card stock
Early Espresso card stock

Early Espresso ink
Soft Suede ink

Polka Dot Ribbon in Soft Suede (retired)
Slot Punch or Craft Knife
Word Window Punch
Modern Label Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot
Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Stamping Sponge
Post-It Notes

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Soft Suede card stock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

On a 4 1/4" x 5" piece of Bashful Blue card stock, stamp the eggs randomly all around the edges, making some of the eggs Soft Suede and the others Early Espresso.

After the eggs are stamped around the edges, run this piece through the Big Shot inside the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. Sponge all edges with Soft Suede ink, then pounce the sponge here and there softly on the rest of the background. Set aside.

On a 2 3/8" x 2 3/4" piece of Bashful Blue card stock, stamp the cage in Early Espresso in the center. Stamp the cage once more on a Post-It note, with the top of the cage extending onto where the sticky area is on the other side of the paper. Carefully cut out the image on the Post-It Note, cutting just INSIDE the stamped lines. Place the cut-out image on top of the cage you just stamped on the blue. Ink up the foreign words (or whatever you choose to use for your background) in Soft Suede. Stamp it directly over the Post-It Note. Remove the note. See how 
the writing surrounds the cage? This is called masking.

Adhere the cage piece to a 2 5/8" x 3" piece of Early Espresso card stock. Attach this to the embossed piece with a Stampin' Dimensional in each corner and one in the center.

On a scrap of Bashful Blue, stamp your sentiment in Early Espresso. (NOTE: I used two of the 
oval punches, but one is now retired. I would recommend using the Word Window Punch for this word.) From a scrap of Early Espresso, punch out an oval (or the Modern Label Punch). Adhere these pieces together. Tap the blue with the inky sponge. Cut a slit on both sides of this label. Slide a piece of ribbon through the slits, centering the sentiment. Attach the ends of the ribbon on the back of the background panel with Scotch Tape. 

Adhere finished panel to card front.


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  1. Pretty! I love the design of the bird cage and words!

    1. Thank you, Laurie. I think they're pretty cool too! :>)

  2. I love your card. Cutting apart the eggs is a great idea!

    1. I know! Those eggs just become so much more versatile when they're cut apart! :>)

  3. Wow your are a great artist, I love your blog. Kisses from Spain.


    1. Thank you, Maria. You are so precious to say these things! Kisses back to YOU! :>)

  4. What a fun card!
    You are a great paper artist!

    hugs x

  5. Gorgeous card! I love it! The soft colors are fantastic!
    I came by from Inspire Me Fridays! Glad you shared there so I could drop by! Please hop over to my blog, too! :0)
    Happy Crafting!
    Cheryl First
    aka Cafexpressions

  6. Cute card:) I am your newest follower from the hop! I have you had a great weekend.

    1. Why, thanks, Scudds! And thanks for following! :>)

  7. Great card! Love the way you masked the words to add your birdcage on your card!
    Hugs, antonella :-)
    I am linking over from The Answer is Chocolate where I've linked too.

    1. Thanks, Antonella. I love masking! It looks so much more complicated than it really is! :>)

  8. WOW at first glance I thought it was a quilt. That is amazing. Thanks for sharing with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party" with Feeding Big.

    1. THANKS, Dawn! Thanks also for letting me link up! :>)

  9. Love that bird cage stamp. I like the way you laid out the graphics on the card.

  10. I have this stamp set also! LOVE your card. Saw your post over @ Someday Crafts. Visit me @ www.crosson5.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks, Cathy! Now you'll have to get it out and give masking a try! :>)

  11. I always get inspired to pull out all my stamps and ink when I see your works of art. OK...maybe Now I will do it...if I can ever get my room completed!
    I kept the paper and stamps and ink all out so I could do so!! Love this card...and you are brave to cut a stamp set apart....I cant even bring myself to cut a piece of lace!!!
    Blessings sweetie!

    1. Doni, every time I get a comment from you, I smile and smile and smile! Thanks so much for that! :>)

  12. Oh, this is my favorite on so far!! I have a major love for birdcages, and this is gorgeous. You are so creative and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. :) Hope you are having a great week.


  13. its very pretty. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. the new giveaway started Friday :-)

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