Kaleidacolor Hummingbird

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Today's project is one of my old favorites. It's a go-to when I'm stumped for a design--it's easy, fast, and is always so colorful and cheery. Today's card features two Michael Strong stamps.

Here's how I made the main image: I sprayed water (in a mister) onto white cardstock. Then, I inked up the Cloisonne Hummingbird stamp in a Calypso Kaleidacolor Ink pad. I stamped onto the very wet cardstock, let the ink run in wild patterns, and then dryed the cardstock with an embossing heat tool. Next, I ironed my cardstock (yes, ironed. Remember yesterday when I said neatness counts? It still does today!) until it was nice and flat again (the water and the heat gun make it curl). Then, I inked up the stamp again in the Calypso Kaleidacolor pad and stamped onto the cardstock in the same place as the first stamping. The results are always different, always spectacular.

Next, I took a stamping sponge and inked around the edges of the cardstock with the same Kaleidacolor pad. It's a cheap-trick way of really making things coordinate. Then, I added some Crystal Effects (sometimes called Dimensional Magic) all the way around the edges, right on top of the inked areas. Then, I poured clear beads onto the Crystal Effects. It makes a very nice, colorful framed edge around any image.

I stamped the small hummingbird image from the Mini Wings set on the background layer, then ran it through a Cuttlebug folder for a "floral" feel. Last, I tied on a coordinating multicolored ribbon.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and maybe even learned something new. Thanks for stopping by!



Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the beautiful colors- and the technique is wonderful- I LOVE the beaded frame- may just have to CASE it......!

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Beth said...

Kathie this is beautiful.... hummers are my favorite birds and that calypso pad was perfect.