I'm going to be completely honest with you. When I saw the Elegant Bird die in the Mini catalog, I think my exact thoughts were "Really? What on earth will I EVER do with that? I defiantly don't need that die!" Well lucky for my my Mom must have had the exact opposite thought, she did buy it and I borrowed it. I had seen some fun things done with it and my mind was slowly starting to change to '...hmmm perhaps I DO need that bird after all..." But it wasn't until Leadership when Shelli made a card similar to this card on stage and that's it I was sold!!!! There are a few differences in the card Shelli did and the one I did, but I love them both and I can say with confidence that I now LOVE the bird die!!
There is lots of stuff going on with this card so lets start from the bottom and work our way up. Do you like that diagonal background. I did that on my new Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, I scored every 1/4 inch. The ribbon is attached behind the bird, if I made it again, I think I'd attach the ribbon on top of the bird under the Medallion. The bird is sponged in Basic Gray and then sprayed, no make that drenched in shimmer spray! The rosette is made with the new Designer Rosette die in the mini. Remember that with this die you can make rosettes up to 10 inches in diameter, but you can also make them as small as you want. For this one I used DSP that was about 1 inch in width. Finally the button, I wanted the bakers twine to match the card perfectly so I used my ink pads and sponges and dyed 2 pieces to match the Riding Hood Red and Basic Gray. If you're changing the color of your twine or ribbon, no matter which dying method you use, make sure you heat set it so the color doesn't bleed on your hands while working with it. So I think that's it. I just love this card!!!!