As soon as I spotted the new Bird #2 Sizzix die with matching embossing folder, I knew it would make the perfect Xmas card or tag. I always love the look of those fancy die-cut cards that are embossed and boxed in sets. With this die set I can now make dozens of cards for almost nothing. First, I cut the card from plain white card stock. By placing the fold of the card just outside of the tail of the bird, the card is cut to shape but opens like a regular card. Next, I cut out a single bird and embossed it in the folder. This embossed bird was taped (with Merikan double stick) to the front of the card.
The inside of the card was stamped with words and image from Scrappy Cat Christmas Clear Stamps. A Martha Stewart snowflake ribbon was tied around the neck of the bird and a snowflake ornament was glued onto the front of the card. The card was further embellished with an acrylic jewel eye and sparkling acrylic star. This snowbird card was kept simple on purpose, but you could dress it up with fancy Xmas artificial sprigs and or lightly color the embossed surface. I bought this product because I felt that not only was it an easy way to make something simple look fancy, but it can be used all year round simply by changing the embellishments. Can't you just see it on a spring card decorated with flowers and gauzy ribbons? I'm sure any paper crafter will be thrilled to receive this die (or choose from many others with embossing folders) for Christmas. Give one and buy one for yourself in the spirit of crafty giving!
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