Step by Step Tuesday: Hero Arts Hummingbirds

Happy Tuesday, my crafty friends! I hope everyone had some time to do your crafting this past weekend. I decided to pull out one of my favorite stamp sets that I have from Hero Arts, the CM246 Hummingbirds stamp set and the matching Frame Cuts. I pulled in many techniques and styles when using this card, from ink blending, to layering, to coloring, die cutting, and heat embossing. The stamp set itself comes with three hummingbirds to choose from and two flowers. As you will see, I only picked one humminbird but I stamped and die cut a large amount of the flowers. I didn’t use a sentiment from the Hero Arts set for the outside. Instead I used the ‘Have a Wonderful Day’ from an Avery Elle set I own and I heat embossed it with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. For the base I used the Neenah Environment 100lb Smooth Desert Storm cardstock. I get mine in packs of 25 sheets from Simon Says Stamp

To start off, I stamped the hummingbird and multiples of the flowers onto Bristol and plugged away at coloring with my PrismaColor Premier Pencils and blending with my Gamsol. I knew I wanted rainbow colors to be the prominent colors used for the entire card but I didn’t want the whole card to be a rainbow so I made the flowers varying shades of pink and purple. I then set off on the task of coloring the hummingbird in rainbow colors without making it look too childish (I don’t feel that’s the right word but we’ll go with it). I again used the gamsol to blend the colors together so there wouldn’t be any harsh lines. I then took my black Gelly Roll Glaze pen and made the eye shiny and raised. I then took my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer glitter Gloss and covered the hummingbird with shimmery goodness.

The next thing I did was layer the flowers exactly how I wanted them, took a picture of each layer, and then started glueing them down with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I didn’t worry if the flowers went over the edge of the card because once it was glued down and dried, I went back and trimmed the edge using my Cutter Bee scissors.

After getting the flowers down and deciding where I would put the hummingbird, I decided to do something to the far left side of the card. I took Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil (ssst121410) and, as you can see above, taped every single bit down so there was no chance of either the paper or the stencil moving. I love Distress Oxide Inks, they’re the first (and only) ink that I have every single color of and am working on getting all of the reinkers. Sticking to the rainbow theme, I went ROYGBIV (without the indigo) top to bottom. The inks used were:
1. Candied Apple
2. Carved Pumpkin
3. Squeezed Lemonade
4. Lucky Clover
5. Salty Ocean
6. Wilted Violet
I didn’t do anything fancy when doing the blending, I just tried to make sure the colors had a seamless blend so it wouldn’t feel choppy.

I covered every last inch of the back of the hummingbird in 3M Foam Tape and stuck it dead center. I used my MISTI tool to line up the sentiment on the bottom and stamped it a few times with Versamark before covering the sentiment with Ranger Platinum embossing powder and heating it with my very precious Wagner Heat gun.

And here is the final product. The envelope is from the Rainbow Envelopes set I buy from Bossy Joscie. You get seven envelopes for $3. I used the flowers from the Avery Elle set where I got the sentiment to decorate the envelope. Nothing even close to what Kristina Werner of K Werner Design but I still feel that it gives the card and envelope a little something extra.

I made this card for my dad when he was having a not so great time at work. Since I stay up late I was able to sneak it into his lunch pail without anyone noticing. Cards are special like that, they can turn a whole day around just knowing someone is thinking about you. What was your favorite thing about today’s post? I’d love to hear from you down in the comments. As always, the links are not affiliate links, they’re just there to help you find what I’m talking about if it’s something you want for yourself. Remember, you creativity will set you free. I will see you on Thursday!

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