Well friends, today is the third and final day of the Hello Bluebird countdown, but it is also RELEASE DAY! Yay! All of the fabulous products are available for purchase tonight including this new You Make Me Smile Word Die. I've paired it with the super adorable new Word Buddies Jungle stamp/die set! Aren't these critters just the cutest? I love that they can perch, hang, hug, and peek over letters and sentiments to create one-of-a-kind creations!
For me, it was helpful to plan out which critters were doing which thing and which direction they were facing so I could plan out my card. I stamped them using black ink and then colored them with an assortment of alcohol markers. I set those aside and got to work on the background.
I did a quick ink blended panel using Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks and then die cut the panel using the new Gallery Frame #6 die that was showcased on day 1. I didn't get a chance to use it, so I was thrilled to use it for today's card.
This particular die cuts out the frame portion with the little Xs around the perimeter. It also cuts out the inner frame and then the three horizontal rectangles from the center. I chose to omit those rectangles, but set them aside for a future project.
For some added interest, I decided to flip the inner portion so that the colors are opposite from each other. As you can see, the blue outer portion is at the top, but I used the blue on the bottom to keep the visual movement I like.
I die cut the "You Make Me Smile" out of grey cardstock and then mounted it over the top using liquid glue AND mini foam squares. I used the negative portion of the die so I could carefully line up the letters exactly how they are supposed to be.
From there, I added all of the cute critters here and there using foam squares. The toucan/parrot/I'm not sure what he is, has some Nuvo Crystal Glaze over the top of his beak for some shine.
I added some chunky glitter to the top of the YOU letters for some playful detailing and shine! I'll be sharing a few more cards from this release over the next two weeks, so stay tuned for those! Thanks for fluttering by!