Any of my crafting friends will know that I am well known for hating fussy cutting. I love colouring but cutting is a totally different matter, so this challenge was a challenge for me. However, I do enjoy perforating and snipping parchment, so this was my way out.
i picked a Clarity stamp that I have actually cut in the past with a blade, and stamped it onto parchment. I embossed the branches in the traditional way. Then the birds were coloured on the front with my Caran D'Ache blending pencils, and I went over that with a clear Wink of Stella pen to add a little gentle sparkle.
Then it was a case of just sitting down and doing all the perforating with a fine double needle tool, leaving just the birds, the branches and the single line border. The final bit was to actually cut with my parchment scissors to leave just the bits I needed. I attached the resulting parchment to a shiny blue paper with invisible thread (dreadful stuff, always in a tangle) before mounting the whole thing on simple white card.
The sentiment is another Clarity stamp but is one I really like a lot.