The birthday boy in question is my Dad, a lifelong organic veg grower, painter, and bird-lover, and I recently bought a decoupage and paper pack that could have been designed for him - Papermania's "Home to Nest" by Lucy Cromwell. I really love Lucy Cromwell's painting style, and I think I like this collection almost as much as her Henbury Lane collection, one of my all time faves. All I added was some card and some garden twine style fibre.
Here's what I made. I hope you like it. Dad did!
What I used:
Papermania "Home to Nest" Ultimate die cut and paper pack
Dovecraft fibres (muted colours)
- When using die cuts, I always take the time to remove the 'bobbles' left from where the die cuts attach to the sheet. I snip them off with scissors, but you can also rub them off with a nail file. I think the finished project looks so much better without them.
- Even the best die cuts have bits on them that I would have cut off, so I always go round and snip those bits too. The die cuts have still saved a lot of time, and anyway I enjoy cutting decoupage!
- The twine is stuck onto the card as three lengths, only on the front, as it was a bit bulky for wrapping round the card - the card wouldn't have closed nicely otherwise. To stick it down, I ran a line of PVA glue along the edge of a ruler and then pushed the fibre into place. I cut it with a tiny bit extra, so it looks like it's wound round.