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9/26/2015

Hummingbird Birthday

Happy Saturday afternoon, and welcome. It's an overcast cool & breezy day here at our house. Yesterday morning we had some good steady soaking rain - which made a nice change of weather pace. Mr. is off to an all day vintage car show with a neighbor. So things are very much quieter than usual around the place. Our daughter's birthday is next week, and I've worked on this card for a bit. Did 3 attempts...the best was my first effort, but then I did my usual...add just one more little thing. Which in this case, was a silvery sheen spray made of white perfect pearls and water. I shook it well, but it still splodged. First here's the finished card..which was the third effort, and after it got finished, I didn't touch it again, until I added the sentiment after I had trimmed it out & matted it.


- Whispers wooden stamp - fairly large, so used the Bonnie's Best stamp press to get a crisp clear image. Colored with copics, some WoS after coloring. The first effort on this image, had more intense colors. I just selected various shades of greens for the leaves and had some good shading going on. On the flower, I used RV & BV colors, and on the first go-round, I was very happy with the results. (I'll share the photos of the 3 tries). Trimmed out portions of #2 - which had a background boo-boo, and did a little stylus work with some leaves, the hummer's head and a couple of the petals. Doesn't show in the photo, but looks quite nice IRL.

- on the background, in places just did scribbles with the 0000 colors of BG, YG and R. In other places tried to do the Pointilissim (dots) technique...which I don't do very well.

- Sentiment is the large font from HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments and on the inside - the smaller Birthday from that set is stamped on the top edge, with a nice verse on the bottom half of the insert. Used Memento Elderberry used for the sentiment & verse.

- black glitter paper for a skinny mat, and a light purple textured Bazzil for thecard base.



Sprayed Perfect Pearls water mixture, and it really splodged up



This one had a blob of pink under the wing that didn't blend well and couldn't be 'erased' with the colorless blender. This is the one that was trimmed out, to use as an overlay on the finished card to add some dimension
  
After coloring this image 3 times, once this one was finished, it got put aside, and I vowed not to touch it until time to trim & put on a card. The colors were not as intense on #3 as #1. For some reason, this was not an easy image to color...I worked on it several nights (on just the 1st one! then messed it up).
 


 

 
 Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I hope your weekend is off to a great start, and please do come back again soon. Hope to have something to post tomorrow for the September Rudolph Day Challenge.  In the meantime, Hugs & Blessings.  

42 comments:

Jacee said...

This is so beautiful Mary, I adore this card, just perfect!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Sarah said...

You have been far too hard on your self Mary each and every one of them is brilliant!! Such a beautiful stamp and perfectly coloured. A fabulous font too. Enjoy the quiet!! xx

scrAPpamondo said...

How much work!! But this card is really amazing!! I'm sure your daughter will love it! (and Happy bithday to her!!)
This hummingbird is adorable and the gorgous hibiscus is blended perfectly!!Fabulous leaves!!!Your colouring is really justwonderful and you made a super background for this card!
Have a sweet weekend, Mary!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card with beautiful colouring. Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

Di said...

Really stunning end result Mary!! I love this card!! And so worth all the time it took, even though I agree with others that you're too hard on yourself :)

Hugs

Di xx

Pat said...

I'm sorry you had a frustrating time whilst making this but the finished card is just beautiful and the colouring is first class. I'm sure your DD will be so thrilled with this. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves when the card is for a loved one as we want it to be perfect for them, but each of your attempts are really pretty but you have to be satisfied with the finished result too, and I would be exactly the same. x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wowee! This is so beautiful, Mary! I love hummingbirds so much! What a gorgeous stamp and your colouring is so beautiful!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow stunning card Mary the image with the humming bird is beautiful
Kevin xx

Carol L said...

This is so pretty Mary, and I know your daughter is going to be so impressed! The colors are beautiful, and the shimmer makes it twice as special! Beautifully crafted and just lovely!

Susanne Vargas said...

What a lovely image and so beautifully colored! Sorry to hear that it gave you so much trouble! Some days are just like that...

Andrea W said...

Such a beautiful image and your coloring looks amazing. I'm sure your daughter will love it!

jimlynn said...

WOW! Mary, this is sensational!!! SO beautiful and the coloring is spot on perfect. Glad you kept trying because it's lovely!
Lynn

Donna Ellis said...

Oh my! How gorgeous, Mary! Looks like a professional artist's work! Beautiful!

Maxine D said...

What a beautiful card Mary- it was well worth the effort, and I am sure it will be appreciated! Love the fact you used one of the first 'colourings' to add some dimension.
Blessings
Maxine

Hazel said...

Gorgeous card Mary, yes I think we all do silly things like just wanting to add a bit more to a card that's perfect as it is. But don't be hard on yourself we all do it. Hazel x

Inkyfingers said...

Mary, I'm wowed big time by this beautiful card. The colouring is gorgeous and it really was worth all the effort you put in. Such a lovely image and the recipient will be thrilled with it.
Hugs
Carol x

Sue said...

What a beautiful card. Your daughter will love it.

Hope you made the most of being home alone and did things you wanted to.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue

Veerle said...

This card is ace Mary super gorgeous, fabulous. Truly a real stunner, well done. Hugs and enjoy your sunday
Veerle x

Marilyn said...

Cute card!!

Bonnie said...

Mary, I am in awe of your coloring! This is gorgeous and what patience to do this image more than once! What a special birthday card for your daughter!

Shona Erlenborn said...

The result is stunning Mary! Your little hummer is so cute and beautifully colored along with the hibiscus. The leaves have so much dimension too! Well done. I'm sure you daughter will adore it.

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
I am blown away with this delightful card.
I would sure love to make a card as good as this one.
I love that tamped image and your wonderful designing too.
I think they all look really good to me.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

I Hate when I have to do something more than once. But usually I am happy with the results. But I always think it's important to get it right. This is gorgeous. I love hummingbirds and I am sure our hummers are missing us this weekend although they should be heading south here very soon. Your card really made me smile today. Thanks!

butterfly said...

Such a beautiful hummingbird image and the colouring is exquisite. Despite all the trials and tribulations, it was well worth persevering!
Alison x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, what a gorgeous card, I love everything about it. Your frustrations paid off though as the end result is stunning. What a lovely image and your colouring is wonderful, I'm sure your daughter will be delighted with it,Kate x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a fabulous card!!!

Love and hugs
Maarit

Rainey's Craft Room said...

It turned out beautifully in the end and well worth the attempts at getting it just right. It's frustrating though when you add that final touch and a disaster happens. I hope you daughter has a fabulous birthday.
Lorraine

Stampsnob. said...

Love humming birds, This card is lovely I would be so happy to open it on a special day ......Lis

mamapez5 said...

I love this card. It is really pretty, and the subtle colours in the background are lovely. You are very patient to keep trying, but it was for a special person so I understand that you wanted it to be just right.Full marks for perseverance, and well done on making a lovely card! Kate x

Anita in France said...

Wow, your colouring is awesome, Mary ... what a beautiful hummingbird scene! All that effort was so worth it for such a spectacular card ... your daughter will love it! Hugs, Anita :)

Sandy said...

Beautifully done Sugar!!
I have to get off this dang computer!!
Sandy xx

Pippa said...

What a beautiful card Mary and fantastic colouring.

Faith A said...

What a glorious end result, it really is a beautiful card, worth all the effort and mistakes!

Pia S said...

Good thing you didn't give up, the image and card are gorgeous! I'm sure this image isn't for my coloring skill level, I usually struggle with flowers and if I were to color a humming bird I would need to look up photos on the web to know what colors to use. But your card turned out perfect. Btw, I've made the same mistake with glimmer mist myself, so annoying when it ruins an image you're happy with.

Barb said...

This is beautiful Mary. What a fantastic stamp. Barbxx

Brenda in IN said...

Oh what a pretty image this is. That hummingbird is so sweet and your coloring is great. I know what you mean about "one more thing". For me it is always the wrong thing to do! Your perseverance paid off, this is just gorgeous. Have a safe, fun trip to your daughters.

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and great colouring-but they all look good to me
Carol x

nwilliams6 said...

OM Gosh - this is colored soooo fabulously! Impressive and beautiful. Wow! Hugz

Loll said...

Your finished card is gorgeous Mary. Love the image framed with black and then purple card base --- so pretty together. Great job with the colouring. This is so gorgeous and so glad you kept working until you were happy with it. Your daughter will LOVE this. xx

Sue - said...

Very pretty card Mary! Your colouring is great and I'm sure your daughter will love it!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your coloring is beautiful! I admire your perseverance. I think I would have thrown in the towel after the 2nd try.

Kim Heggins said...

So beautiful Mary...love your gorgeous coloring and incredible style. What a sweet hummingbird too, so perfect for a happy anything! Just love it.