Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Carved Birds Accordion Album and Card

Hi everyone! Today I have two projects to share using the new Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol. 2 set, designed by Godelieve Tijskens. I love these fun birds!
I had an image of colourful birds chatting with each other and decided to do an accordion card to try to capture that.
Carved Birds Accordion Card - Layers of ink
Both the frames and the labels were die cut from manila cardstock using Karen Burniston's 3-D Accordion Flip Album and Bracket, Frame & Label dies.The background was made by sponging Distress Ink on each panel, using a torn paper as a mask to make hills, and then again to make the grass darker towards the front. I stamped the background with the great Gazette Background stamp using Salty Ocean for the sky and Moved Lawn for the grass. The same stamp was stamped on the frame of the card, with Jet Black ink.

The birds were stamped with different colours Archival Ink and cut out. I stamped them again with Jet Black on the background, since I didn't want to cut out the little feet and since it gives a cool shadow effect. The birds were adhered with foam dots. Aren't they fabulous?
I used Tim Holtz Remnant rubs to give the birds something to say and draw speech bubbles around the rub-ons with a pen. I had fun picking things for them to say. The Sizzix 3-D Accordion Flip is very easy to assemble and I thought the format worked really well for my chatty little birds. Small wood veneer stars were used as embellishments.
Here's what the accordion looks like from the top.

I also made a card:

Carved Birds Card - Layers of ink
The carved birds look great on lots of different projects, and here I made a grungy card, compared to the bright accordion. An old book page was aged with walnut ink crystals and I stamped the bird on top with Archival Jet Black ink. The background was done by applying Viva 3-D Stamp Paint with a palette knife through a brick stencil. The sentiment comes from the Bright Blossoms Wordstrip. The branch was die cut from grungeboard with the Bird Branch die, covered with molding paste and when dry, painted with Distress Paints.

I made this fragment for another project, but never used it. Art De Fleur Montage paper was glued to the fragment with Glossy Accents and the edges were trimmed off. Here you can also see how the Viva paint shimmers.
Here is my carved birds post on the Darkroom Door blog. For more inspiration on the Carved Birds stamps, don't miss Godelieve's wonderful canvas.

Thank you for looking!!

Happy Stamping!!


Supplies for both projects:

Darkroom Door products:
Stamps: Carved Birds Vol. 2, Gazette Background
Paper Products: Bright Blossoms Wordstrip, Art De Fleur Montage

Other products:
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Cardstock; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungeboard; Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft-core cardstock; Neenah Smooth Solar White cardstock; Daler & Rowney watercolour cardstock; old book paper
Dies: Sizzix: 3-D Accordion Flip Album, Bracket, Frame & Label, Bird Branch
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder, Venetian Orange, Sienna, Chrome Yellow; Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs; Tsukineko Walnut Ink Crystals
Paint: Ranger Distress Paint: Forest Moss, Walnut Stain; Viva Decor 3-D Stamp Paint: Violet
Medium: Golden Artist Paint Light Molding Paste
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop: Mini Bricks
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Words Remnant Rubs, Fragments Charms; Studio Calico wood veneer: Tiny Hearts, Tiny Stars


  1. You are so creative Anna-Karin! I really love how you used the bird stamps. Looks like they have fun chatting :)
    Gorgeous work!!

  2. Anna-Karin, this is wonderful! Those bird stamps are a must-have. So awesome!

  3. I loved the accordion card a lot ! You have created wonderful scene of chatting birds n the stamping on bg n panels looks very nice !

  4. Oh My Goodness, I love these bird images AND what you did with them. The Accordian Flip card is my favourite - just SO much fun!
    Cheers, Karen

  5. Gawjuss - just gawjuss... neat idea for stamping the birds in black to give feet and shadow, must remember that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love the quirky, whimsical appearance of those birds.
    Wonderful projects.


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