Sunday, March 13, 2016

Happy Birthday

Our Daily Bread Designs has been having an "Anything Goes with ODBD Stamps" challenge. I decided to use two of their stamps, "Hummingbird" & "Bee Balm," for my card.

I first die cut the opening in my card front panel with a Spellbinders "Labels Eighteen" die, large enough to frame the flower. I traced the outline of that opening onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper, and used that as a guide to position my image. I set up the panel & stamp in my MISTI. Once I'd placed the stamp where I wanted it, I erased my pencil lines & stamped the flower in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then I heat embossed that with Recollections Clear Detail embossing powder. I did the same with the hummingbird, on another scrap of bristol.

To color my images, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, with a damp paintbrush to blend out the greens on the leaves of the bee balm. I have printed several images of both hummingbirds & bee balm flowers, just for reference on how to color them.

Once I'd finished my painting, I die cut the hummingbird with the coordinating ODBD die. I also inked around the outside of my bristol panel with Tumbled Glass Distress ink on a sponge dauber, leaving the paper white just around the plant, so that it looks like it's glowing. I then set that aside while I worked more on my front panel.

I cut a piece of craft foam to the same size as my card front. I laid my cardstock over the foam, and placed my "Labels Eighteen" die in the opening in the cardstock. I traced around the inside of the die with a pencil, then removed the die & cardstock. I repositioned the die around the outline, and ran it through my die cutting machine, to cut a window in the craft foam.

I stamped the greeting, from the "Happy Messages" set by Stampendous, in Versafine Onyx Black & clear heat embossed that. Then I trimmed 1/8" off each side of the craft foam, and used Scor-Tape to adhere it to the back of my panel, lining up the die cut windows in each piece.

To assemble my card, I adhered my flower panel to the upper left corner of a white A2 card base. I then used more Scor-Tape to adhere the card front panel over top. I placed 2 tiny pieces of foam tape on the back of the bird's head to provide a bit of support, and glued it in place on the card front. Finally, I added several sequins: 4mm & 6mm Sparkling Clear by Pretty Pink Posh; 5mm Crystal from Darice; and 8mm white iridescent that I'd gotten at Hobby Lobby.

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Die Cut Divas: "Something Spring"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "A Bit o' Green"
Incy Wincy Designs: "Shades of Green"
Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday: "Use Something Floral"


  1. Gorgeous card Andrea! It's so elegant & pretty, & I love the way you've placed the sequins.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  2. Beautiful card Andrea! Thank you for playing along with Incy Wincy, good luck! Colette - DT

  3. Wow pretty! Love the flowers & hummingbird! I also really like the cascading sequins.

  4. The flowers and humming bird are gorgeously colored. I love how you perched the bird on the outside overlapping the opening. WOW, beautiful.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  5. I love how the Hummingbird is "on top" of the flower! The sequins add a wonderful touch! :)

  6. Gorgeous humming bird over the inset flower!!! Love it, thanks for joining us Die Cut Diva's!


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