A Sneak Peek at Swirly Bird for GDP037

I’m having a lot of fun with the new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog (demonstrators have select items we can pre-order this month before the launch of the catalog next month).  This week’s Global Design Project offers a wonderful color challenge – Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Island Indigo.  These colors gave me to go-ahead to make a card that pairs the bird with her eggs from Swirly Bird with a beautiful sentiment from Layering Love.  Here’s my card:

Swirly Bird, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP037 And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Island IndigoTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Sweet Swirly Bird.  If you have been enjoying sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog, you’ve probably seen a lot of swirls and elements from the dies that accompany the Swirly Bird stamp set – they are amazing!  I chose to showcase the bird from the stamp set for today’s project.  Mint Macaron eggs, an Island Indigo bird and a Tip Top Taupe nest – how’s that for an amazing start to a card?  This bundle from the upcoming catalog is sure to be a favorite!  Here’s a peek at the bundle:

    Swirly Bird Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Swirly Bird Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Layering Love.  This super-sweet sentiment (“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”) pairs perfectly with this mama bird and her eggs, don’t you think?  The sentiment is from a new stamp set called Layering Love.  Filled with large, over-sized sentiments that pair with new Oval, Square, Hearts and Circles Framelits, this set is a card-maker’s dream.  One big sentiment on the card front, and you’re almost done.  🙂  How’s that for efficiency?

    Layering Love, Stampin' Up!

    Layering Love, Stampin’ Up!

  • Masking the Background.  The mama bird and her eggs looked funny just floating in the middle of the card front, so I needed something to ground them a bit.  I ran my finger over all my stamps looking for a tree branch for them to hang out on.  I was looking for a background image that could appear real (but not too real because this bird is not a lifelike sketch).  My finger stopped at the branch from World of Dreams (a stamp set that’s retiring at the end of this month).  I put tape over the birds in the stamp, inked up the stamp and then removed the tape so that I could just have the branches.  The bird and her nest covered the gap perfectly.  What a fun find!Swirly Bird, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP037

Stamp Sets:  Swirly Bird, World of Dreams, Layering Love  Papers:  Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Island Indigo  Inks:  Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Island Indigo, VersaMark  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love this card, Brian! 💜 These are two of my favorite stamp sets so far from the new catalog. Endless possibilities!

  2. Love your card ! How cute is that little Swirly Bird ! Your branch and nest are just perfect for her/him .
    I have this set on my Wish List !

  3. I really like this sentiment…reminds me of my all time favorite “do small things with great love” (Mother Teresa) : )

  4. I’m so glad you used the eggs. I could not figure out what this stamp was for. Very cute card!

  5. Brian I love how you pair up your stamp sets. Great card!

  6. Brian, this is wonderful! You managed to pick the perfect colors and using that branch is genius!!!

  7. I love the tips and tricks you come up with for getting the most out of your stamps. You are a Stamping genius Brian!

  8. What a fab color combo and you turned it into an amazing card. I just love it!

  9. Imogene Thomas

    I thought I didn’t need the Swirly Birds set! I love how you used the retiring set to create your scene. The new sentiment set is to die for.

  10. Loev this card Brian – that bird is so sweet nestling in the nest.

  11. Teneale Williams

    Wonderful card Brian, loving the mixing of sets ie. Swirly Bird and World of Dreams.

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  13. Amazing card Brian. Love your design and how you’ve combined all the sets to create a sweet and meaningful card. Truly amazing and love your eye for detail! 🙂

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