By Susan Cobb
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Designer Tip: Cover the blank card with Floral Fantasy yellow/brown/aqua flourishes paper and ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Place it with the fold at the top. Cut a 6”x4 1/2" Floral Fantasy yellow textured paper. Tape the Birds on a Branch stencil on the paper so the longest branch/leaves image lay across the bottom of the paper. Use the stylus and tip to apply Gathered Twigs Distress ink to the branches, and Broken China ink to the leaves (tip—use scraps of paper to mask areas of the stencil while inking as needed). Repeat for the remaining branches and leaves on the paper as shown. Wash and dry the stencil. Use the Design Tool “Peggy 2” template to trace the shape onto the blue Clearly Colored Glitter Sheet with the black pen. Carefully cut out the shape, just inside the pen line. Peel the backing from the glitter label and place it centered on the paper, 1/2" from the top as shown. Place the stencil with branch and bird on the glitter label and tape into place. Use the mini squeegee to spread a thin layer of black embossing paste over the stencil image. Carefully lift the stencil, wash and dry it. Let the embossing paste image dry for a few minutes until set, but not completely dry. Carefully replace the stencil. Use the dry paintbrush to apply Cocoa mica powder to the branches, Forestry to the leaves, and Goldfinch to the bird. Remove the stencil. Dip the paintbrush in water and remove excess water on the paper towel. Apply Cocoa mica powder with the damp paintbrush on the yellow textured paper around the edges of the glitter label as shown. Mat the paper on brown cardstock with thin borders. Mat on Floral Fantasy aqua textured paper with 1/16” borders. Foam tape centered on the card, even with the top. Ink Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ “HELLO” and 2 hearts with Timber Brown ink and let dry. Place the hearts on the glitter label and “HELLO” to the right of the label as shown. Tie an aqua glimmer bow and Zot™ it on the edge of the label as shown.