Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Colour Me Happy Birds

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I told you I wanted to work with the birds in the Colour Me Happy Stamp Set, but I had in mind more white heat embossing on Crumb Cake Cardstock (CS).

I have no idea how I made the leap from that idea to today's card, but it's a leap I'm glad I made!

We have a Flowering Cherry Tree in front of our house and it looks just like the branch on my card i.e. no leaves, a few full flowers but mainly half open flower buds!

For my first attempt at this card I stamped the branch which is from the Colourful Seasons Stamp Set, and I also set up my Stamp-a-ma-jig for the two birds.

As soon as I'd stamped one bird I realised I should have stamped the birds first!

I tried painting over the tail where it goes over the branch really dark to cover the fact I'd stamped it in the wrong order!

It covered pretty well, but not good enough for me. 

Then I stamped the two birds on Post It Notes, and cut them out so I could use them as masks. 

Next I stamped them in position on a new piece of Whisper White CS, then covered them with the masks, and stamped the branch in place.

I removed the masks, and this time it worked beautifully, except both birds looked as if the were floating mid air - their feet weren't touching the branch! 

To remedy this, I used my Soft Suede Marker Pen, and coloured in the area between the soles of their feet. 

I think this has worked well, and unless someone has this stamp set, no-one is ever going to know what I've done! LOL!

Using Marker Pens, I coloured one bird with Soft Sky, and the other one in Pink Pirouette. 

Next I chose to stamp the little blossom stamp from the Best Birds Stamp Set, and stamped it five times in Soft Suede Ink. 

I coloured half the branches/stems using my Soft Suede Marker Pen, and went over  from where I stopped the Soft Suede with Pear Pizzazz up to the salyx. 

I used my Pink Pirouette Marker Pen on the flowers, and although I was pleased with the image, it left quite a large blank area on the right-hand side.
I was well and truly stumped!

I just didn't have a clue what to do. 

My first thought was to do a branch coming in from the other side, but it would have had to be so short I think it may have looked silly!

I decided to stamp my chosen sentiment, which is from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set, in the centre, and then went through my small collection of embellishments. 

Eventually, I came across the Hearts & Stars Elements (page 196) and adhered three in a row.

This is the first time I've used wooden elements, and apart from samples in the catalogues, it's not often I see cards that feature this type of embellishment!

I added medium-sized Basic Pearls in the middle of all the flower blossoms, and tiny Basic Pearls in the top right-hand corner of the wooden hearts.

I finished off the card front by stamping the decorative corner stamp, from the Hold on to Hope Stamp Set, in all four corners using Soft Suede Ink!

I decorated the inside of the card by adding a layer of Pink Pirouette CS and a layer of Whisper White CS.

I stamped one flower blossom in each bottom corner, which I painted in the same way I did on the front of the card previously.

The only thing I would like to change about this card - if I knew how to - is that I'd make both birds smile, just to look a little bit happy would be nice! LOL!
That's about it from me today. ☺

I hope you have a lovely day, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. How sweet! Those "corners" look great again too! I don't know, Jan, I'm sure they look pretty happy and content to me! surrounded by all that love and beautiful flowers, such as they are! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. You'd think so wouldn't you! Mind you, I'm not really sure if a bird can smile! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan, what would you recommend for a crafter who does not have a colour marker to extend the branch so that the bird is not standing in mid-air? I like the wooden embellishments you have used, I haven't got any wooden embellishments so I probably would have stamped some hearts. I love the corner stamp which stamp set is this from Jan?

    1. Hi, Lorraine. If you have our Inks, I'd recommend you try one of our Blender Pens - that would work just like a Marker Pen. If you haven't seen our Blender Pens, have a look at the Annual catalogue, page 200, top row, third/last picture. et me know how you get on. ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.