The local paper craft store has shy of a gazillion but let's just say a LOT of dies, and most are free to use for all who enter the shop so long as you pick up your paper there. Others are reserved for those with memberships - it's cheap, and the benefits far outweigh the cost, IMHO. Two of our Saturday morning make-'n-take sessions are continuing series, and this one, led by the lovely and talented Karen, is one of those. We just completed a series where we made 2-pg 6x6" scrapbook pages. Now we're starting one where Karen's hoping to share new techniques some may not have ever tried.
Today's included a new-to-me die that she in advance used to cut out two pages of DP and two chipboard pieces. It would make a great ornament or small scrap book.
We assembled the birdcage using the distressed DP on both sides of the back solid piece. We stained the front cage portion, then added a chunkier style embossing powder than I'm used to using, and added embellishments. We used paint dabbers and/or distress inks on the butterfly and cage, painted a thin coat of Stickles on the flowers using paint brushes, and sprayed shimmer mist on our butterflies (mine was first painted using the dabber).