Monday, June 08, 2015

Stampendous Hummingbird

Today I wanted to share another sample I made for the Latch Card tutorial I shared last week. So many stamp sets come with smaller accent stamps, and this is a great way to incorporate them as a card element and fun closure.

When I was at CHA in January I swung by the Stampendous booth and fell in love with several samples made using this hummingbird set... I love the artwork and especially love the large format. There's also a set of coordinating dies that match the 2 hummingbirds and 2 of the blooms in the floral image.

To make the card I stamped the floral image on hot press watercolor paper in a light grey ink, then masked the image using masking fluid. The background is done using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang - this is a new-to-me product that is a lot of fun... it's a water soluble pigment powder mixed with a little bit of mica shimmer. They're similar in concept to Brusho and Color Burst crystals, but a much finer powder and beautiful range of colors and sets. I sprinkled powder onto a craft sheet, misted with water, then laid the panel into the activated color several times to build up layers. Hint: drying in between layers allows the colors to have more variation. Spritzing dry color with clear water gives the lighter speckled look.

When the panel was completely dry, I removed the masking fluid and then painted the floral image with QoR watercolors. The hummingbird image was also painted with QoR paints, then brushed with a little wet Magicals for a tiny bit of sparkle. I used this sentiment because it fit the space best - it's and old one from The Angel Company.

I die cut the hummingbird to use as the latch of my card - you can see how closely the dies cut to the outline of the stamped image - they're really tight and a great fit! I layered the painted image with 2 other die cuts to give it more stability.

I stamped the flowers on the inside too (MFT Grout Grey is a beautiful pale grey for a watermark look.) I love how the hummingbird shows on the inside too!

That's all I know! For those who are waiting for more items to be listed on my sale page, it's taking longer than I expected and I'm sorry for the delay. Keep an eye there in a couple more weeks for flat rate boxes of crafty goodness, and Touch Markers!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is so beautiful. You are so talented, every inch is perfect.

  2. Lovely work. Is this the Hybrid Ink or the Dye ink in Grout Grey by MFT. Thanks

  3. Oh wow! I never thought of making a pale watermark look for the inside! I always stamp in dark ink and leave the image uncolored. I LOVE this idea. Next time I place a MFT order I am going to have to pick up grout grey! Your coloring as always is stunning! Swoon!

  4. What a beautiful card with great instructions I plan on trying. The hummingbird stamp set is fantastic!

  5. Oh...pretty background. Love the color and the hummers are great.Thanks.

  6. Simply gorgeous. I admire your talent and creativity.

  7. Hi , Love your card !
    Great colours and Background,
    lovely stamp set x