I seriously LOVE this bird! The set is the new ‘Beautiful Season’ (W #122680, C # 122682) from the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog but I do love birds anyway.
The awesome paper is ‘Frostwood Lodge’ from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I was able to use the three different large plaids to make 108 of these cards. The magic of it is that I am using only 2 inches by 4 inches of the designer paper on the front.
The Eboneezer method to making a holiday card (i.e., maximizing the materials). The ‘white’ layer in the background (on top of the card) is 2 1/2 x 4 inches of white cardstock pressed with Finial press Sizzix embossing folder. It adds texture and, even better, I can get 8 of this size layer from one piece of cardstock with minimal waste.
And, as I said before, the plaid paper cut at 2 x 4, you get 18 per 12 x 12 sheet. If you are doing the math, that leaves a space of about 1/2 inch between the top layer and the bottom one and I covered it with the 5/8th inch satin ribbon. Aren’t I just SO resourceful?!
Oh, and did I mention, these are my Founder’s Circle swap.