Using a repeat stamped design for a striking background

Aviary birthday card - close up

Today’s card uses the new Aviary stamp set. Now, while you’ll find this set in the Nursery Nest product suite, it doesn’t have to be confined to using on new baby cards. Here I’ve used it for an adult birthday card.

At first I wasn’t too sure what colour to team with the So Saffron and More Mustard duo, but my trusty Color Coach pointed to Riding Hood Red and whilst this isn’t a red that I use very often, it works perfectly here as an accent.

Aviary birthday card

Stamp set: Aviary (W116956 or C120462), Happiest Birthday Wishes (W122615 or C122617 – hostess set)
Cardstock: So Saffron (108611), Very Vanilla (106550), Riding Hood Red (116205)
Ink: Riding Hood Red (111836), More Mustard (103162), SU Markers (119806)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border (118402)
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

An insert of Very Vanilla was stamped on the far right hand side with the long cage and pedestal stand in Riding hood Red ink. Since I was working with the Wood mounted version of the set, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ) for perfect placement.  One of the little birds was added in More Mustard ink. (A sentiment, not pictured, was also added to the centre of the insert in Riding Hood Red ink at this stage). The insert was adhered direct to the inside of a So Saffron card blank and used to determine how wide a panel to cut from the front right hand side of the card (ie. just enough to expose the red birdcage). A panel of Very Vanilla was repeat stamped with the three other birdcages using More Mustard ink and using the SAMJ to align them. Stamping the design off the edges of the card panel gives more of an impression of a background paper. A panel of Riding Hood Red card was punched with the Scallop Trim Border down one long side and then the stamped image adhered direct to it and then the layers adhered direct to the card front. One of the sentiments from the ultra useful hostess set, Happiest Birthday Wishes, was stamped in Riding Hood Red ink (missing off the late wishes sentiment) onto Very Vanilla card and then shaped into a pennant/banner. This was adhered direct to Riding Hood Red card that was trimmed to give a marginal frame around the sentiment. These layers were popped up on dimensionals on the front of the card (avoiding putting any dimensionals on the overhanging portion of the sentiment).

You can see how the sentiment overhangs a little better here:

Aviary birthday card - open

This repeat stamped background idea works with any set that has multiple stamps of the same or a similar object and can easily be converted to a Christmas card by using for example, Serene Snowflakes or Tree Trimmings.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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