Hey crafty friends! I have yet another birthday card to share today, this time the colour scheme is blue blue blue.  This one will be a birthday card for a friend – I told you August is such a busy month!

The Finished Card

blue flower hummingbird 3d

 

This is another easel style card, using Prima papers (Flirty Fleur) and featuring a mixed media background and some handmade paper flowers similar to the ones from this post. I did actually try out the big pink flower in a deeper colour on this background and I was so close to going with that, but there was something that jarred with me, once I started on the hummingbird, so I decided to make more flowers instead.

The Start of the Card

blue flower hummingbird 3d

This card uses a similar technique to the previous cards as I like this format for this style of card.  I used liquid acrylics, and random black stamping, and paint splatters.    As I said above, I planned to use the biggest pink flower on this card and was almost convinced on it, but then I decided to make new flowers in a different colour.  This time I used Gina K cardstock in Sea Glass and Blueprint Sketch distress ink.

Construction

I took a piece of 5.5 x 5.5 card, edged it in black soot archival ink, and glued the front panel on to it. I then made a matching journal card sized piece for the inside and painted it too, adding another piece of Flirty Fleur paper to it and painting it to match, and  distressing all the edges with black soot.  Then I took the easel card base I had made, and glued the front and inside pieces to it, making sure all the edges matched and the card could stand up as with the previous cards.

easel card base

Decoration

I made more flowers using Sea Glass cardstock and the Tattered Florals Bigz die, and left them overnight to dry out.  Next day, once they were dry, I started to fold and crease and curl the petals on the biggest flower, and then glued it together, making a multiple layered flower.  I had some leftover leaves and branches from another project that I decided to use behind the large flower.  I glued them all down on the front of the card.

blue flower hummingbird 3dI diecut the little hummingbird which is a two layer die, painting the top layer with Opal Magic Violet-Green and Amethyst Metalliques.  I sprayed the bottom layer with Prima Color Bloom in Cobalt, then glued the layers together.  Then I made a little wire stand for the bird so it would be suspended over the flower, and attached that to the underside of the card.

blue flower hummingbird 3dI wanted to use some kind of birthday sentiment and considered stamping something but instead opted for the Tim Holtz Alphanumeric and Script Thinlits Alphabet dies in the 3/4 inch size which was perfect to fit on the card. I cut them out of a recycled gift box which was made of black satin cardboard then glued them onto the card.

blue flower hummingbird 3d

 

Finishing Touches

blue flower hummingbird 3d cardThe card was basically finished but just some finishing touches to highlight the letters with my polychromos white pencil to make them stand out more, and used a green polychromos to add veins to the leaves around the flower. Compare the photo above with the photo below to see what a difference this makes!

blue flower hummingbird 3d

This card was make to go with the little Tiny Houses I made in the other post, there is kind of a garden / nature theme going on with this birthday which I hope she likes!

blue flower hummingbird 3d

And as I mentioned on the other post, I received this pink crafty towel from Craftelier with one of my orders, so I took some photos of it to enter in the draw.

blue flower hummingbird 3d

 
I’m entering this project in the Country View Crafts August Challenge – the theme is TEXTURE. You can visit their blog here.

I’m entering this project in the Stamping Sensations August Challenge – the theme is things with wings! You can visit their blog here.

PROJECT RECIPE:
Clear Gesso
Metalliques – opal magic
Liquid Acrylics – blue
Tuxedo Black Memento Marker
Distress Archival Ink – Black Soot
Finnabair Stamps
Black and White paint splatters
White cardstock for card base
Corner rounder
Handmade Flowers
Tim Holtz Alphanumeric and Script Dies
Prima Flirty Fleur Collection
Gina K Cardstock – Sea Glass
Distress Ink
Tattered Floral Die
Hummingbird Die
Jewellery wire

Empire of the Cat

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6 thoughts on “Hummingbird 3D Happy Birthday Card – Mixed Media, Handmade Flower

  1. Brenda says:

    At the risk of sounding like a real grouch today, Stamping Sensations is a stamping challenge and that must form the focal element of your card (all listed on our rules and challenge post) and reading your post neither the Hummingbird or flower are stamps and they are clearly the focal elements.

    B x

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Yes sorry, I was rushing this morning and thought – hey it has wings why didn’t I enter this one? – and entered it then realised why, duh and couldn’t remove it. There is a lot of stamping on the card but it’s all in the background.

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