Hello Crafters! It's Aida here from Life and Paper Crafting and I am back with a Birdcage project featuring Lori Whitlock's For the Birds, Mix and Match Flowers and Hello Doily Thinlits. The gorgeous Gold Foil cage is perched on a little box you can make yourself or use any small box you may have.
The colors are a dark red and light taupe which makes this wonderful for a wedding favor.
The Mix and Match Flower Thinlits with its cute looking flowers are the perfect match to this project.
The Thinlits pack comes with two border die that can be used as a decorative piece or as an edge to cards. Here you can see the details on the one I've used.
These days Thinlits come with instructions in the paper packaging and those new to die-cutting will not have to worry about getting the sandwiches wrong on the different machines.
I use the Big Shot Plus and to die-cut Thinlits on it, your sandwich from the bottom will be : the Plus Platform, the thicker Adapter A, one Cutting Pad, then the paper facing up, next the Thinlits facing down and lastly the other Cutting Pad. Send this through you Big Shot Plus.
I LOVE using gold or silver foil to create metal effects and this Jen Hadfield Gold Foil cardstock is a favorite.
It cuts beautifully, the edges and scored lines come out so clean. You will need 4 pieces of this die-cut.
Gently bend the foil cardstock inwards at the score lines.
This next step is optional : sand away at random parts of the gold foil to create a distressed look.
Using Staz-on Ink (in a Red or Rust) with an background stamp, add bits of stamping to give the sanded surfaces more dimension.
Following the assembling instructions, put the cage together. I found it was easier to first glue the sides and top, and leave the bottom for adding the favors. This is totally your choice, whichever you find less fiddly!
Wrap the favor with tissue paper and gently push into the cage.
Adhere the cage to a box if you like. Now, die cut the Flowers in matching papers.
Add the blooms around the Birdcage and glue a pearl to the centers of the flowers.
I've chosen to add a little Bird in Gold Glitter cardstock and the word "Thanks".
If you have a box under the Birdcage, you might like to add the border from the Hello Doily set. The border die is 6 inches long and die-cuts the design only at the lower portion which makes this feature very useful for card edges. To die-cut a trim, all you need to do is: trim a narrow piece of paper, then run the die on it a few times, making sure the repeated designs run seamlessly.
Here you can see what I mean. Adhere the decorative paper trim to the sides of the box, and you are done!
I hope you find this little idea interesting and will try it. Imagine the different looks you can create with these dies. Happy crafting!
Other Materials Used:
- Gold Foil : Jen Hadfiled, Pebbles
- Gold Glitter Cardstock, Ribbon : American Crafts
- Paper : Blue Fern Studios.