Bird Banter Birthday Balloons For “Last Thursdays”

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I'm loving those silly feathered friends from the Bird Banter stamp set!  They are perfect for coloring with the new Stampin' Blends!  We'll be trying out both at my "Last Thursdays" class this week!

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Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - two cool

CASEd from Terri Walker at Nutz About Stamping.

Bird Banter Birthday Balloon Cards

They are colorful and cheerful and fantastic for chirping cute quips about birthdays!  I paired the Bird Banter images with the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer for a happy, belated birthday card!

Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - coral

Background Basics—I adhered two 4-1/4" x 1" strips from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP to a Calypso Coral card base.

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Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - coral 3

Pretty Parrot—I started by stamping the parrot onto a 2-1/2" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used a simple mask to stamp the branch and balloon images over the top of the parrot. 

Masking TIPS: For the mask, I stamped the parrot onto the sticky end of a sticky note, then hand-cut him out with super-sharp Paper Snips, trimming right up to the black outlines.  After stamping the original image onto the card layer, I laid the mask over the top and stamped the branch and balloon over the top.

Bird Blends—Although Stampin' Blends Markers are designed for awesome blending, I also love that they fill in areas with rich color very quickly!  I colored the feathers with the light Bermuda Bay and dark Calypso Coral and the beak with light Smoky Slate.  Did you know that you can blend two colors, too?  I added light Old Olive to the top of the head and light Daffodil Delight to the breast and blended the color for a seamless look!  Cool!

I didn't do any shading on the bird, but I did shade the balloon!  I colored over the whole area with the light Calypso Coral, added a shadow with dark Calypso Coral, then blended out the line with the light color again.  By leaving a squiggle of less color next to the highlight detail, it adds to the dimension.

Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - coral 2

Finishing Touches—I mounted the stamped layer onto a 2-5/8" x 4-3/8" piece of Basic Gray, then tied some 1/8" Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon around it.  It's popped up onto the card front with Dimensionals.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto a 1-3/4" x 5/8" strip of Whisper White.  It's adhered with SNAIL and a Dimensional.

Bird banter early bird quip

I love the second part of the sentiment for the inside of the card.  I'll probably be using this one a lot!  LOL!

Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - daffodil
Two Cool—The second card has a Crushed Curry card base with most of the same elements.

Bird Banter Birthday Balloon - daffodil 2
Although I used the Blends on the balloon, this time I colored the parrot with traditional Stampin' Write Markers.  They work OK, but just aren't as smooth compared to the Blends.  I used the Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry markers on the head and breast this time, and all other colors are the same as the original card.  I also tried a different sentiment from the same stamp set.
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