Garden Birdhouses

My favorite stamp sets are those where you get to create a scene using the stamps.  Here I'm using the Garden Birdhouses.  Having a variety of ink colors makes this easier.  

If you don't have many colors of ink, try this technique, Stamping Off.

-Ink your stamp with a dark color

-Stamp once

-Before cleaning the stamp, stamp again 

-You'll have 2 images of different colors or hues

With very dark colors, you might be able to stamp 4-5 times, getting 4-5 different shades of that ink color.  Like this:

The top image is a red rubber stamp and the bottom image is from Garden Birdhouses and a photopolymer stamp.  I think I got more images from the red rubber stamp because it holds more ink, but that's just my opinion.

I used a Blending Brush on all my cards to color the sky.

For my final card, I stepped it up and made it into an easel card, added layers, tied linen thread around the front panel, used punches and a few embellishments.  

To make an easel card, 
-create a top fold card base, by scoring in half (at 5-1/2") a 4-1/4" X 11" card stock.
-score a second time at 2-3/4"
-add something inside your card at the bottom and raise it up using Stampin' Demensionals.

You can click on the image of the stamp set below to see it in my online store.

Happy Stampin'!