Humming Along

Watercoloring birds just isn’t easy for me. So I challenged myself with the ‘Hummingbird Along ‘ bundle to see where it would take me.

The first card is in shades of blue with a bit of green.  First put the base card together. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4″  ‘Night of Navy’ piece of cardstock and layer to A2 base.   Then cut a 3′ circle out of  a 3 1/4 x 4 3/4″ ‘Whisper White’ ‘Rectangle Stitched’  piece and glue a doily over the circle to let the ‘Night of Navy’ cardstock show through.

Next use ‘Stampin Blends’  to color and die cut the hummingbird.  The ‘Color Lifter ‘pen does a fabulous job blending and removing color where you don’t want it.  Layer and pop up the bird with ‘Dimensionals.’  Add a sentiment  and  put little dots on the body of the bird for additional detail.  Also, use ‘Wink of Stella”  where you like to give the hummingbird some glisten…kinda like they really do look.


Now the second card has a story I am sure you will relate to but will detail that part a bit later.

This card was inspired by something seen on Pinterest and love the idea of stamping several flowers on the edges of the card.

Cut out a hummingbird on watercolor paper and paint. Color the flowers and leaves  in pinks and greens (after stamping) and  put a wash around it all with diluted pink ink .   Watercolor with ink pads this time around.    Simply lay colors on a non- porous surface or lid of your stamp pad and delute with water to paint.

Pop-up  and attach the hummingbird with ‘Dimensionals.’   Stamp a sentiment and all that is left is to add the black frame cut from the ‘Stitched Rectangle’ die set.

The frame is actually  a left over piece from  cutting  a layer piece for another card.   To create, you simply  cut cardstock 1/4″ bigger (on all sides) than the panel you are  die cutting.  When cut you will have a frame and center piece…two pieces in one cut.

Now for the rest of the story…..oh boy did I make a mess.

 I actually made the pink card first and set it aside while working on the blue card. Well, I didn’t put it far enough away and if you look closely at the pink card you see some blue spots that dripped on the sentiment and above.   Oooh that made me angry.   Couldn’t get the blue out.  Tried to erase it out, water it out and disaster was brewing.   The sentiment was ruined and I had broken fibers from too much scrubbing!

I am not the best  at watercoloring and didn’t relish the thought that I would have to throw this card away and start over.  What to do…crafters find a way right? So I die cut another flower and some leaves and colored them up.  Took the bird off and attached the flower and leaves over the damaged spot and trimed the edge.

Had to put the sentiment  in another place and reattach the bird in a different spot, but it worked out.  The flower attached over the frame gives more dimension and the bird (in it’s new location) looks as though it is flying through a bush of flowers.

Sometimes those mistakes give us time to be more creative and that’s what happened here.

Will link the products used and if you have questions, I have answers…just leave me a message.

Thanks for stopping by and would be thrilled to see your paper confections.

Products Used:

Humming Along Bundle

Doily Builder Dies

Stitched Rectangle Die

Wink of Stella

Watercolor Paper

Very Vanilla Cardstock


Multipurpose glue


Stampin’ Blends:

Balmy Blue Combo

Dark Old Olive

Smokey Slate Light

Color Lifter


Ink Pads:

Lovely Lipstick

So Saffron

Granny Apple Green

Pear Pizzaz

Tuxedo Black


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