Picture Perfect Hummingbird Card

by Joanne James13. March 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of our esteemed leader the amazing Nance to host our challenge this week and she has a fun colour scheme for you to play along with:


For my card this week I was inspired to use my Picture perfect stamp set for the first time; I've seen so many brightly coloured hummingbirds with this set, I thought these colours would be perfect to create one of my very own. Take a look:


Here are the key features of today's card:

Picture Perfect Hummingbird - 'Picture Perfect' is a multi-step image stamp set, with each of the stamps having two, three or four layers. The hummingbird comes in four pieces, so in order to get four layers with only three colours, I stamped my first and third layers in Bermuda Bay, having stamped off the first one so that it was lighter in colour. I stamped the second stamp in Calypso Coral and the fourth and final one in Memento Black. Whilst it sounds complicated, this set is made from photopolymer which makes lining up the images really straightforward. 

Partial Die Cutting using Circle Framelits - I decided upon a rather unusual layout for my card today, using a base of Calypso Coral with the top part of the front cut away on the diagonal. I stamped my bird onto a piece of Whisper White and having fussy cut his wing tip by hand, I then cut a partial circle up to the diagonal before adhering behind so that it aligned with my cut away circle on my card base. Circle Framelits are invaluable for this kind of partial diecutting, as you simply roll through the Bid Shot to the desired point without cutting the whole way through.

Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper - I used this black pre-embossed paper last week on this card and decided it was just the thing to add a block of colour to the background of my card today too. The subtle stripes align perfectly to the diagonal line of my card and add interest without detracting from the bird.

Lastly, I stamped my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in black and added a trio of White Perfect Accents, coloured black using a Sharpie, for a little extra shine. I spent ages trying to work out what to do with these colours, but once I'd decided on using this stamp set, it all came together seamlessly. Love it when that happens!

Here's today's visual summary of the key things needed to make today's card for easy reference:


Remember you can also find all of my 'Tip and Techniques' summaries on my Pinterest page here.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with our colour palette this week. We are off to basketball today and hockey today, Rebecca has a birthday party to attend to and I have lots of preparation for this week's classes to be getting on with, so it's going to be a busy one!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
3/13/2016 1:56:01 PM #

Absolutely lovely!  Your stamping on the hummingbird is wonderful!  Beautiful way to use the colors!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/13/2016 5:07:13 PM #

Joanne, I just LOVE this hummingbird!  Such a fabulous layout to showcase the sentiment and bird.  XX

Kathy James
Kathy JamesUnited Kingdom
3/13/2016 5:31:54 PM #

Just beautiful - love the layout!

sandymUnited States
3/13/2016 5:50:30 PM #

Joanne this is awesome! Such a stunning and elegant card, and I absolutely love the partial die cut!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/14/2016 3:45:20 PM #

Just beautiful!  I am a big fan of images sticking out beyond my circle, too!!!  Whatever that technique is called, it looks great here, as does your beautiful hummer!  I am going to have to try coloring those white enamel dots, I need MORE of them in different colors!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
3/15/2016 11:29:41 AM #

Joanne, this is just lovely!  Perfect stamp set for these colors and I love the angled layout.  So many cool tips on this beauty too!  Love the colored enamel dots.  You really made my colors shine, my friend!

Deb Macdowell
Deb MacdowellAustralia
3/17/2016 7:17:02 AM #

I just love this stamp set Joanne! Using the partial die cut adds another fabulous element of interest too. Great card!

jaydeeUnited States
3/18/2016 8:36:26 PM #

Joanne, I love the subtle coloring of your hummingbird and he really pops off the striped background.  Stunning

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