Thursday, 3 March 2016

Humming right along!

With their miniature size, vibrant colors and amazing speed, hummingbirds are fascinating to watch and are beloved by many bird aficionados. My mom always hung up containers of sugar water during summer hummer season in Texas. I have fond memories of watching them dart like little missiles, often picking territorial fights with encroaching competitors. Now that I live in Colorado, I'm lucky to have my own hummingbird visitors in the summer.

When Stampin' Up released a new stamp set, Picture Perfect, it was a required purchase for me since it features the most gorgeous polymer stamp rendition of a hummingbird, and it includes four separate pieces so that you can layer different ink colors.

If you want to see a video of how to stamp the layered hummingbirds, click here for an excellent one by Tami.

More inspiration for my card came from Tracy May, and you can see her subtle and lovely watercolor interpretation of Picture Perfect here.

Below is one of my finished cards and following are step-by-step instructions of what I did.

Here is how I created the card above, using the Stampin' Up Picture Perfect set:

1) Cut Whisper White cardstock to to your desired size. I cut mine to 3 3/4 by 5 1/8 inches.

2) Liberally spray Perfect Pearls Mist (or a similar iridescent/pearlescent spray) onto the cardstock.

3) Use the Tim Holtz spritzing tool to recreate an airbrush look. I used the SU Garden Green marker. This dark green should only be used as an accent on the right side of the card; don't over spray.

For more information on how to use Tim Holtz spritzing tool, click here. If you don't have this tool, you can use a wet toothbrush (dedicated for crafting) and a medium green ink or watercolor paint to flick color onto the cardstock.

4) Use a wet sponge to add watercolor paints to the right side of the cardstock. I used a basic kids' watercolor set and sprayed water onto the hard paints to soften them up and release the paint. If you want more sparkle, you can use Twinkling H20s. You want to start with light green, then sponge on a small amount of medium green. Finally, sponge on some pinks on the edges to give the illusion of watercolored florals.

5) If you want the image to be even more subtle, you can spray a little more of the Perfect Pearls Mist.

6) Allow these colored backgrounds to completely dry.

7) Use a small flower/daisy stamp and Rich Razzleberry ink to randomly add flowers to your watercolored background. Make sure the flowers are stamped within the pink part of your background. I inked and then stamped two flowers, so that the second flower was lighter than the first one.

8) Adhere the background cardstock to a slightly bigger piece of Rose Red cardstock. Optional: you now can emboss these newly adhered pieces. You may find that water can warp the cardstock a bit. Embossing can help to flatten the paper and to add interest. I used a Sizzix texture plate with embossed daisies (pictured at left below). It's an ever-so-subtle effect.

10) The polymer hummingbird stamps are numbered 1 through 4; stamp 1 should be inked with the lightest color and 4, the darkest. The ink colors that I used included Crumb Cake (Layer 1), Rose Red (Layer 2, the throat), Wild Wasabi (Layer 3), and Garden Green (Layer 4).

11) I picked a leafy paper from Stampin' Up's Designer Paper Series, Painted Blooms, to create my folded card. As it's double-sided paper, you'll need to either use a liner inside the card or wrap the designer paper around a pre-made white card. My folded card size was bigger than normal at 4 1/4 by 6 inches. You can reduce all the sizes to make a more standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card.

12) I inked my sentiment stamps with Island Indigo and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and layered with Island Indigo cardstock. Finish up with embellishments, such as a rhinestone for the hummer's eye, fabric bow, pearls and fabric flowers.