Birds on a Wire

Gossiping Birds CS 03Crafty Secrets Birds on a Wire

Hello, Friends!  I’ve got a super cute card to share with you today.   This Birds on a Wire card features Crafty Secrets Digital Summer Printables mixed with papers and ephemera from my favorite Vintage Typography CD.  Some of you have asked me how to work with the digital printables, and I will share a little bit of that in this post.  Sandy is currently offering these beautiful vintage printables FREE with any order from the Crafty Secrets online store.  Here’s a peek:

Here’s the card I made with the cute little birds on a wire image.

Gossiping Birds CS 01I don’t have Photoshop.  I work with Paintshop Pro because it is what came with my new computer.  But I think the process for working with these images is similar.  If you don’t have a program, you can download for FREE and use it to crop and resize your images.  If you look on our Crafty Secrets TUTORIAL page on Pinterest, there are dozens of great tutorials there as well.

To begin with, I open my downloaded image in Paintshop Pro.  On the left hand side you’ll find a menu of tools you can use.  I choose the crop tool, draw a box around the image I want to use, in this case the birds on a wire.  I then go up to the Edit button, choose to copy the image and paste into a new page.  Then, from the Image button, I select “resize” and type in the dimensions I want my finished image to be.  Then, I simply print my image onto the paper of my choice.  I know it is intimidating at first, but once you’ve done a few of these, you’ll be a pro and will have such a good time creating with these digital images.  I know I do.

I used the Typography CD to print off a whole page of ephemera, then cut it out and added it as banners, tickets and embellishments on  my card.  The background paper is also from the Typography CD, and I love that I can choose to print this in a 5″ x 7″ size so that the pattern is the right proportion for my card, which is 5″ x 7″.  I used Vintage Photo Distress ink to age my papers, punched my teal paper to give it a decorative edge and added that darling blue banner beneath my birds.  That comes on the Typography CD, and I just sized it to be small enough to use here.  But if I wanted to make a room sized banner, I could size it to be big enough to do that, too.  I am totally falling in love with the versatility of working with digital papers!

Gossiping Birds CS 02I added texture with  turquoise Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon and Iridescent White Metallic String then added some turquoise Sweetheart Blossoms from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The little blue button was in my stash, and I used a Stampin’ Up punch to create the little bird and branch from scraps of Blue Paisley and Striped Digital papers.  To finish, a little Diamond Stickles was strategically added to the birds’ bonnets.

I hope I shared some ideas you can use in your own artistic pursuits.  If you ever have any questions about the projects and techniques I share here, please be sure to ask me.  I respond personally to almost every comment that is left on my blog, and I love to help my followers learn how to use their tools and materials.  Blogging is all about sharing…and I love to share!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Your visits make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,



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8 thoughts on “Birds on a Wire

  1. Robin Ludwig

    Those birdies are so sweet up there on the wire just visiting away! I love all the extra details you layered onto this card! It’s really charming! Thanks for the information about resizing – you’re always giving us helpful hints to make crafting more enjoyable! Love your caring heart!

  2. marjiekemper

    This is so sweet Kathy! Love all the layering and all the little elements plus that little 3D punched bird up on top. Hope your summer is going well!

  3. candycolwell

    Kathy…this card is absolutely precious! I LOVE those little vintage birdies! The card is so cool with all of the layered papers. I love cascading tickets to the left and the little bunting across the bottom right. The little twine, the die cut birdie, the little flowers…it’s all just so cute! As per your usual, you’ve done a beautiful job! <3 Candy

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