A looooooooong time ago, I bookmarked a cute template for a momma bird card over at mmmcrafts.
I finally printed it out and made some cards. Only took me two and half years! I think they are pretty cute even though I didn’t visit the post with the instructions until just a few minutes ago. But this post isn’t about how well I follow directions. I really want to show you my lazy ways.
You see, I don’t like cutting out template or pattern pieces. I cut them out, then they flutter away and get lost somewhere. I would store them in a sandwich bag if I could, but the reality is that whole sheets of paper are more my style for storage. I don’t have an organized file of sandwich bags. So I don’t cut out pieces. Instead, I scribble on the back of them with a pencil, like this:
After I put a little lead on the backside, I flip the template over to the frontside, place my paper behind the shape I want (I hold it in front of windows, TV’s, and other light sources to keep from wasting paper), then trace the shape lightly.
They look much cuter after details. I punched or drew eyes and cut beaks, and drew legs.
Now that I’ve read the instruction post, I see that my concern about the wings being hard to see has a solution — pop dots. I also think I could outline the shapes in pen or brush the edges of the shapes with ink.
What is left? Adhering these little plaques to light colored, traditionally folded cards.