Elements of Style Shimmery Hummingbird Card

Today, I'm showing the second card set from a purse card tote ensemble that I created for my mother-in-law, Nancy.  You can see the first set of designs here: Embossed Vine Cards.  Here is a Shimmery Hummingbird version:

Elements of Style Clear Shimmer - Nancy's Cards v (2)  
Elements of Style Clear Shimmer - Nancy's Cards h (2)

Ooooh! It's so pretty!  Unfortunately, you can't see the shimmer very well, so I'll give you a close-up for a better idea:

Nancy's Purse Gift Set - shimmer closeup

Well, it looks really blotchy here, but in real-life, it is sponged all over with Frost Shimmer Paint for a beautiful, pearlescent sheen.  The hummingbird is especially shiny!

Did you know that you can still order the Shimmer Paint that was introduced last Fall?  You can!  It's one of those carryover items that will be available in the new Idea Book & Catalog in July.  What else is still available?  Check out the complete list of Holiday & Spring Carryover Items.

Card Details: I randomly stamped the vine image in Sahara Sand on my Very Vanilla card stock.  That provided a lightly patterned background for a more vintage look.  Then, I stamped the floral image in Chocolate Chip then colored it in Classic Ink Pads (Bordering Blue, Rose Red, Mellow Moss and So Saffron) and Blender Markers

Watercolor With Ink Pads

Have you tried this watercolor technique?  Before opening your ink pad, push on the top of it, so the ink will transfer onto the lid of the pad.  This becomes your palette for picking up color to use with your Blender Pen.  I actually prefer using this technique, rather than coloring with markers directly on the card stock, which gives very bold color and often shows your brush strokes.  Coloring with a bit of color on a Blender Pen allows you to control the color application—you can shade some areas and have lighter areas in others. 

More Card Details: Once my watercoloring was done, I lightly sponged Frost Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.  The hummingbird was stamped in Bordering Blue, shimmered, and cut out.  Yes, I popped him up with Dimensionals, and let me tell you, you have to cut the skinniest little piece for that long beak of his! 

The sentiment is from the Elements of Style set.  It was stamped in Chocolate Chip, sponged in Rose Red and Shimmer Paint, then punched with the 1-1/4" Circle PunchKraft Taffeta Ribbon finishes off the card.

Next up, my third card set featuring an embossed stencil technique (I really can't get enough of those stencils!)…


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