Hello stampers. Have I ever told you how thankful I am for the inspiration I get from my fellow demonstrators? France Martin inspired me with this beautiful stained glass hummingbird. When I saw her beautiful creation I just had to know how she did it. Thankfully she also shared a video where she explained it step by step. Today I am going to show you my creation as well. First of all you need window sheets, heavy duty aluminum foil, adhesive sheets and of course the Humming Along bundle for the hummingbird and the framelit.
You start by embossing your hummingbirds on window sheets. Be careful when using the heat tool and don’t overemboss or the window sheet will warp. Then colour your hummingbird with Blends. Crumple up the aluminum foil and then carefully straighten it out and smooth it a bit. Peel off the backing of an adhesive sheet and lay the foil on top. Cover this again with the backing that you had just removed and burnish it with your bone folder. Carefully pull the adhesive sheet off of the foil. Press the hummingbirds on the window sheets onto the sticky back of the foil. Cut out with framelits and Big Shot.
I did find out by accident that you can use Tombow liquid adhesive and it works as well. I started to make my hummingbirds before watching France’s video. So I made a small puddle of Tombow on the corner of the silicone mat and then flattened the puddle with a sponge and then sponged the Tombow on the back of the hummingbird and then pressed it on the foil. I place a punch on top of it for a couple of hours while I made supper and then when it had dried I ran it through the Big Shot with the framelit. Looked great! It just takes a little more time than using the adhesive sheets.
This is what it looks like. If you want you can add more depth to the colour by adding another layer of Blends to your hummingbirds.
Here is a closeup of the stained glass hummingbird. The black embossing and the crumpled aluminum foil under the coloured window sheet really does mimic the look of stained glass. Let’s see what it looks like on a card.
I couldn’t decide which picture showed the colours better, the card laying flat or the card standing up, so here is the other one. I used the Share What You Love designer series paper which is such beautiful thick and textured paper. I have to confess that I was hoarding it a bit, but now that it is retiring I have a feeling of largesse, and I cut entire card front sizes of it: 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. #loveitchopit If you love your paper you really do need to chop it, because then you will use it and you will be inspired to create even more.
Here is the second card that I made, this one has a softer look and I used an unusual choice of paper: Tranquil Textures. I guess for me it was unusual because I sometimes think inside the box. That paper was shown with an ocean themed set so then I only think of using it with nautical cards. I am told by my girls that I do the same thing with my clothes. If I buy it as an outfit I forget to mix and match with other items of clothing in my closet. Funny, right?
Once again, when I laid this card down the light seemed to catch the colours on the stained glass hummingbird better. I picked this paper because it reminded me of a summer sky. The Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut specialty paper is hidden away on page 48 of the Occasions catalog. One side is whisper white and the other is petal pink.
I just want to use this beautiful hummingbird everywhere! I will make a video showing you how to do it yourself. This technique is another one that is better shown than described. Humming Along is a retiring stamp set, so it will only be available while supplies last. If you live in Canada and want to purchase it, please click on the images below to go to my store. If you could also use the current host code, that would make me very happy. If your order is over $200 do NOT use the code because then you will qualify for your own host benefits, which is 10% of your total order. You can use this for exclusive host sets or for any other products in the catalog or on the clearance rack. Here is the code: TXE4JNCY.
Here is the video that shows you how to make the hummingbird.
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Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Hello stampers! Daisies are a happy flower and are always in style. In the paper crafting world if there is lovely flower and a punch to match, that is indeed a fabulous combination. Meet Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight, two stamp sets in the upcoming catalogue. Daisy Delight is an old favourite and Daisy Lane is the new kid on the block. Both sets coordinate with the Daisy punch which I am using today. There is also a new punch coming and it is a smaller daisy so you can make even more different flowers (I am thinking gerberas). Do you remember the pictures that were taken of babies and young children with daisies? I know I am showing my age. The name Anna Griffin comes to mind. Well, I also associate daisies with denim for some reason, and that is how this card was born!
As I was trolling the internet I was inspired by a card done by France Martin for the background of this card. You might be wondering where the little yellow flower in the background came from. It is from the March Paper Pumpkin, the one with the beautiful succulent paper. The big focal flower is from the new Daisy Lane and the daisies in the background are from Daisy Delight. That flower has an open centre with a corresponding centre which of course had to be yellow, or more precisely, daffodil delight. The pocket is my favourite part. It was made by first stamping the Burlap background stamp in blueberry bushel on the same colour cardstock. Wait for it to dry and then for extra insurance, run an embossing buddy over it. Then stamp the stitched detail in versamark and white emboss with the heat tool. Does that ever make it pop! If you are too impatient with this step then your embossing powder will stick to the burlap stamped image. That would be no fun at all.
Here you can see the amazing detail in that pocket. The stamp set is called Pocketful of Sunshine and it is retiring. The matching Pocket framelits are NOT retiring, so this is a stamp set you really want, especially for that super cute stitching detail. There is another coordinating set for the pocket dies coming in the new catalogue, so you will have great value for your framelits. The Burlap stamp is also retiring.
Here is a closeup of the adorable tag in the pocket. All the images are from the new Daisy Lane stamp set. You could also tuck a gift card or a crisp bill in the pocket as well if you want to show some more love. This was stamped with daffodil delight and blueberry bushel. The tag is just a smidge under two inches wide so that it will fit easily into the scallop tag topper punch. Below you can see both the Burlap background stamp and the Lemon Zest stamp set that are retiring at the end of May.
Here you can see the two sets Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight. Both work with the current Daisy punch and there is going to a new, smaller daisy punch in the upcoming catalogue. Can you see the possibilities with these two sets and the two punches?
I hope you enjoyed today’s card, it is a bright and cheerful card, sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. Who are you going to send happy mail to today? Thanks for stopping by. If you want to shop with me and you live in Canada, that would make me a very happy squirrel. Just use the current host code V7NT9B9U and click on the images below. If your order is more that $100 you might want to consider getting the starter kit instead as it will save you both the tax and the shipping and it gives you a bonus $30 in product. You can click here to start on that adventure.
Hello stampers. Once a month I do this fun class called Sweet Suite Saturday. I do it on a Saturday afternoon at 1pm, usually the last Saturday of the month. The whole idea is to have a super chill, relaxed class that revolves around a beautiful suite of products. Of course there is good food to share as well, hence “Sweet Suite Saturday”. This month it will be featuring Humming Along. If you purchase the bundle the class is free, otherwise it is $25 for four great cards. This blog post is about the last two cards using Humming Along and Brusho. Brusho is a fantastic product that will soon be retiring from our annual catalog. I can’t believe it! I have had so much fun playing and feeling artistic with these vibrant paint crystals. Take a look at what I have made and you might want to get your hands on some Brusho too!
For this card I wanted to use just the leaf stamp to make a background. I inked up the leaf in versamark and then sprinkled with call me clover embossing powder and then embossed with the heat tool. After the embossing was done I spritzed the shimmery white cardstock with water and then sprinkled on yellow Brusho. Then I sprinkled on just a little Prussian Blue Brusho on the outside edges and spritzed the whole thing with water again. Here is the close-up.
The sentiment is also from Humming Along, and I stamped it on whisper white cardstock and cut it out using the stitched shape framelits. The scallop circle is a punch. I added some of our call me clover leaf trim in behind the sentiment (it looks nicer in person).
I have had that flower and hummingbird sitting on my desk for a good long while. They were in the running for my Brusho class and never made it onto a card. I embossed the images in black on watercolour paper and then treated them with Brusho ink crystals. They look great on the background of the Floral Romance specialty designer series paper. This is another great #loveitchopit card. I chopped the leaves paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ so you get 6 out of one 12″ by 12″ sheet of paper. The wood look paper is a 4″ by 1″ strip. Se keep those scraps and turn them into cards! The sentiment is from Well Said in the Occasions catalog and they are both in blueberry bushel. Here is a closeup:
I just love how the Brusho makes me feel like a “real” artist. So much fun using these paint crystals on either watercolour paper or shimmery white cardstock. With the coordinating framelits it is so very easy to make stunning cards. I made this card into a Mother’s Day card because my mom loves hummingbirds but you could easily turn it into a birthday card or an anniversary or get well card. All these sentiments are available in the Well Said bundle. If you are intrigued by the Brusho, be sure to get them before they are gone. They will not be in the new annual catalog!!
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1-3/4″ Circle Scallop Punch