A Happy Thing (Hummingbird?) and Fern

Isn’t this sweet little bird wonderful? There’s been debate among us Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators as to what kind of bird it is.  My vote is a Hummingbird. Yes? No? If I’m “out of my tree” (ba ha ha ha) then let me know what you think. bird_card

The bird is from the A Happy Thing stamp set from our Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalog. It’s FREE when you purchase $50 of product from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. It comes with a beautiful lemon stamp and two greetings. While the images are PERFECT for coloring with our Blendabilities, I actually water colored this bird with our Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede ink pads and an Aqua Painter. I used a lot of water with the Aqua Painter to create a lighter shade of brown on the branch and bill and very little water to create a dark brown eye. What color are birds eyes anyways???

The clear embossed ferns and the greeting are part of the Butterfly Basics stamp set from our Occasions catalog. Butterfly Basics is a beautiful stamp set. It comes in a Bundle with STUNNING, coordinating thinlit dies. I’ll be posting projects with the thinlits soon!

You may not be able to see it in this card, but the entire surface of the white circle with the bird is glossy. It shines like glass. closeup

Creating that glass effect:
After stamping and coloring your image, smoosh a VersaMark pad all over it then heat emboss with clear embossing powder. You can repeat the process to create a thicker coating if you’d like. Once cooled off, trim your cardstock or punch it out as I did with our 2-1/2 circle punch.

Making a peek-a-boo window:
You’ve seen me do this before. It’s super easy and adds that “Hey, wait a minute …” response. IMG_3709I turned the punch upside down and slid it onto the front of the card as far as it would go and punched. With the card closed, I then adhered the bird image through the window onto the inside of the card using a dimensional. Now when the card opens, the bird remains on the inside of the card. “Hey, wait a minute…”

Wood vs clear blocks
I’ve been experimenting with wood stamp sets again. I’ve heard from a few associates that they prefer the wood sets over the clear and photopolymer. So I’m experimenting with all three and will let you know my thoughts in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you’ll see me include both the wood and the photopolymer stamp sets below. Of course the clear blocks would only be needed if you are ordering clear or photopolymer stamp sets.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE SAB item from our SAB catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase. The SAB promotion will continue through March 31st.

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6 thoughts on “A Happy Thing (Hummingbird?) and Fern

  1. Amy great card. I always have trouble making a copy paste on my printer from your blog what am I doing wrong. Have no trouble anywhere else?


    • Thanks Shari! Are you wanting to open the image so you can print it? I’m not sure why you would have trouble with my pics and not others. They’re not protected. If you’re on Pinterest, then scroll down to the bottom of the post and share on your board in Pinterest. You’ll need to click on the date of the post you’re wanting to share in order to get the share buttons at the bottom. I hope this helps.


  2. Thanks Amy! You make me now want this set 🙂 Haven’t seen anything I really like enough but LOVE this one. By the way….it’s a nut hatch….definitely not a hummingbird,


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