I had grown up with a dog all my life. During most of those years we even had a cat. In 1987 I got this hair-brained idea to buy a parrot, a Maxamillion Amazon. For some reason I thought owning a bird would be easier than a dog or cat. No leashes, litter boxes, house breaking, needless barking, shedding….you get the idea. Can I also add that I had NO IDEA what I was in for!
I had no prior experience with a bird. All I knew is that hooked bill birds had the ability to talk and lived in a cage. Seemed easy enough! The first nights proved my ignorance. My parrot, “Max,” (creative huh?) would squawk all night long. After a few relentless nights I called the pet store complaining the bird had “separation anxiety”. I was quickly educated that Max’s loud behavior was normal and that his cage needed to be covered at night time. And that was just the beginning of my learning curve. The cage required cleaning every few days because birds – news flash – are extremely messy! I also found out that most parrots need to have “exercise time” outside their cage. That means their feathers need to be clipped so that you don’t end up chasing them through a two-story townhouse. (Do you have a visual yet?!) Max trained me, and quickly, but we bonded and I grew to enjoy his quirky personality which included him mimicking my answering machine message. I enjoyed him (and all the work that went along with owning him) for 4 years until he unexpectedly passed away. Owning Max sparked an interest in birds. So much that I purchased a Pocket Parrot a few years later. But that’s another story for another time.
The Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions Catalog is filled with whimsical bird images and greetings. There are even numerous accessories allowing you to decorate these characters for various occasions.
I’ve included written instructions below for those of you using a mobile device. I also have a free PDF tutorial available for those that would like to download and save this project for a later day.
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- Stamps – Bird Banter (145852 polymer)
- Paper – Whisper White Thick (140272), Basic Black (121045), Daffodil Delight (119683), Bermuda Bay (131197), Pumpkin Pie (105117)
- Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black (132708), VersaMark (102283)
- Other – Stampin’ Blends (147475), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
- Basic Black (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
- Basic Black (layer): 2 ¾” x 5 ¼”
- Whisper White Thick: 2 ½” x 5 ”
- Tempting Turquoise: 2” x 4 ¼”
- Pumpkin Pie: 2 ½” x 3 ¾”
- Daffodil Delight: 2” x 4”
- Stamp the leave image randomly using Versamark ink on each of the panels; Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight. Adhere the panels to the card base as shown.
- Stamp the branch using Memento ink near the bottom of the Thick Whisper White cardstock as shown. Stamp the birds, layering one on top of the other as shown. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly.
- Color in the leaves and the birds as desired using the Stampin’ Blends. Color the area around each of the birds using the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends.
- Adhere the Thick Whisper White layer to the Basic Black layer. Adhere these layers to the center of the card base using Dimensionals.
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