Is it Really Picture Perfect?
Nothing is ever perfect in my book anymore but it’s darn close and I have peace with that.
Oh that word perfect can get the best of us. Especially me.
Perfect is a bad word for me because perfection is something I take to heart and I’ve had to learn over the years to let that go.
I’m. Not. Perfect. BUT…
Phew. What a RELEASE….
Well, it was until I pulled out my Picture Perfect stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
My Perfect Relationship with the BIRD!
This weekend I had a virtual stamping palooza with my bestie. It’s awesome fun where we pick a stamp set and create and then share our work with each other. We ohhh and ahhhh and truly it’s the best thing. Obviously it would be 100% better if we were actually together, but this is perfect for us given the miles between us.
Well, she chose the Picture Perfect stamp set. I’ve been able to successfully stamp every image except that sweet hummingbird. In fact I’ve been a bit jealous of the cards I’ve seen with him. He’s beautiful… when others stamp him. Every time I stamp this bird he looks like a big blog.
My friend came to my rescue and gave me a few tips and I thought I pass along to you because they WORK. YAY! I also did a little research on the colors of the bird and that helped me decide my color choices.
This is the bird I found and I loved the colors around his neck. Isn’t he a cutie??
Stamping the Bird Perfect…
Well, it didn’t happen. I didn’t stamp him perfect. BUT… I was so close I just let it go.
If you look closely… his beak is slightly off a wince. From afar… oh it’s perfect.
Look from afar. <grin>
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few things I found helpful when stamping Mr. Bird.
- On the acetate that your images come on you have numbers that tell you which image to stamp. Instead of stamping the images in order 1-4, try stamping image #4 and working backwards. This was a tremendous help.
- Stamp the bird image upside down. At first I thought my friend was silly. She’s not silly at all. This also helped in lining up Mr. Bird.
- Ultimately, if you own a stamp-a-ma-jig this would help you tremendously. I am terribly lazy and tried the eyeball technique. You see it needs a little work.
- The colors I used for the bird starting with image #4: Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz, Melon Mambo, and Basic Gray.
Stamp with me using the instructions below.
- Fold Whisper White Thick card base in half (4-1/4 x 11). Mat Basic Black cardstock 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 and Whisper White Thick cardstock 3-3/4 x 5-1/4 together using Fast Fuse. Adhere onto center of Whisper White card base.
- Adhere Basic Black cardstock 1 x 5-1/2 to the back of the English Garden Designer Series Paper 2 x 5-1/2 so that 1/4″ shows. Adhere over the Whisper White cardstock towards the left of the card.
- Attach a Tea Lace Doily along with a large gold Metallic Doily to the card. You will only need a 1/2 of each doily. Place a small piece of Burlap Ribbon onto the doily. You will notice my Burlap is slightly tattered looking. Just pull on the threads gently to tatter and fray the ends. Attach over the doilies using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
- Stamp the hummingbird using the method and colors I shared in the Tips & Tricks section above onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Die cut the image using the largest label framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits. Trim the top of the label off using trimmer.
- Attach White Corrugated cardstock 1/4 x 2-1/2″ across the label near the hummingbird. Attach a small piece of Tea Lace Doily over Corrugated cardstock. Stamp the greeting onto Basic Black cardstock scrap using Whisper White Craft ink. Pour White embossing powder over greeting and heat emboss. Trim as close as you can around the greeting. Attach greeting over Tea Lace Doily.
- Attach label framelit to the card front using dimensionals.
- Splatter Melon Mambo and Mossy Meadow carefully over label framelit using Aqua Painter.
You can see all of the products used in the clickable links below.
Rejoice in Imperfection!
Let’s face it, whether we get it perfect or not let’s rejoice that we took the time to create and enjoy the process. I’m going to rejoice in the imperfection and remember to let go of that ugly word called perfect. I hope you do to. I hope you will let me know your thoughts on Mr. Bird. If you have this set, what colors have you tried using. I wanna hear.
- New month- New Hostess Code!
- The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!! Click HERE to view!
- Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST. Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
- Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator. The May gift is GORGEOUS!
- Click HERE to shop!
Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.
This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.