This week’s Christmas card is from the Perched in a Tree stamp set. It is the 7th card in my 12 Weeks of Christmas series.
Rather than keep the bird “as is”, I decided to change the shape of him just a little. When you search the internet for a winter bird, the Tufted Titmouse shows up numerous times.
So, I gave this guy a few head feathers and extended his wings to make him look like the titmouse. Here is the original stamp next to the bird I created. Do you see a difference?
It’s not a big change, but it’s enough to make the image appear more like the bird I was trying to portray. In fact, you could probably alter him to resemble other birds because it’s fairly easy. Are you ready to learn how?
To make the card
- Begin with a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock, score and fold at 4 ¼” to form your card base.
- Adhere a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (MLG).
- Stamp your bird and tree branch on a piece of Watercolor Paper using Stazon black ink.
- Color the bird and branch using the following colors of Watercolor Pencils; Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie. (hint- to change the shape of your bird, use your Basic Black pencil to freehand beyond the stamp line as shown below.)
- Once your images are colored, brush over them with your Water Painter to soften the colors.
- Using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, crop the bird and branch with the Aspen Trees dies and crop a piece of Evening Evergreen with the spray die from the Christmas Pinecone dies.
- Sandwich a 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” piece of Vellum in the Wintry 3D embossing folder and run through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Since the folder is small, you will have to run it through twice to cover the size of your Vellum.
- Adhere the Evening Evergreen spread to the vellum using the Silicone Craft Sheet method. Do this by laying the pieces upside down on your Silicone Craft Sheet, add some glue to the sheet (up in the corner and out of the way), dab a sponge into the glue, and lightly tap some glue on to the pieces. (Hint- this will ensure that your small pieces have glue on them, and you will not have to worry about globs of glue oozing out from your layers.) Once the glue is dry on your sheet, simply rub it off with your hand.
- Attach the vellum to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals and then attach the bird and branch on top using more Stampin’ Dimensionals. (hint- apply the Dimensionals to areas that are behind the green so that they do not show through from the front.)
- Stamp your sentiment on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock using Versamark ink. Quickly dust the sentiment with Silver Embossing Powder, remove the excess, and set in place with your Heat Tool.
- Punch the sentiment out with the Label Me Fancy punch and place a small strip of Stampin’ SEAL on the back. Then, adhere a 12” piece of Simply Elegant Trim to it in a random swirl pattern.
- Adhere the sentiment and trim to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
- Attach five Festive Pearls as shown.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think of my Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse card. Will you be changing the shape of the bird?
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40 thoughts on “Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse”
Love your card, especially the Bird It Looks So Real.
Thank you so much Barbara! 🙂
Love your card. Thanks for the tutorial on how to adjust the bird!
Thank you so much Kelly! You’re welcome. 🙂
What a lovely card! The way you changed the bird is genius. Thanks for sharing your art!
Thank you so much Patt! You’re Welcome. 🙂
Melissa this is a wonderful card with lots of fun steps. Besides the great colors and composition of the overall card – I loved your re-working of the classic wild bird stamp changing him into a titmouse! And you did an extraordinary job of watercolor blending of his feathers. And the other thing I learned reading your explanation is how beautifully the embossing folder works on vellum. I thought you might have used embossing powder on the paper until I read your remarks. Well done. I do have a cardinal stamp, and I just might try and make your card with him. Thanks.
Thank you so much Janet for the kind words. The embossing folders really do a great job on the vellum. It’s one of my favorite things to emboss. I think the cardinal would be very pretty with this background.💗
Very nice job. The Tufted Titmouse is spot on! Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Thank you Linda! You’re welcome. 🙂
Gorgeous and inventive! I may try to create a cardinal! Love your card layout too — lots of elements and texture without being too busy. TFS
Thank you Mary! I think the bird would look great as a cardinal.
I love your little Titmouse!! Did you still use the die to cut it out, or did you fussy cut it? Thanks for your help! Beth
Thank you Beth! I fussy cut the bird. 🙂
What a awesome bird you made, really like it!!
Thank you Mary!
Your card is beautiful. I definitely will try to create a titmouse bird,I love how you changed his appearance to resemble the bird, thanks so much for the inspiration!
Thank you so much Maria! Definitely give it try!
This is a an amazingly beautiful card. There’s so much dimension. Everything about it is amazing. I keep looking at your alternative bird. I can see the feathers extended but the tuft of feathers on the top look so original. I love it!
Thank you so much Bernie!!
What stamp and die sets did you use?
Hi Sharon! The bird is from the Perched in a Tree stamp set and the dies are from the sets Aspen Trees and Christmas Pinecones. 🙂
Lovely card with excellent instructions.
Thank you for posting this.
Thank you Rozanne!
Looks great. Looks like the Titmouse. I love watching them at my feeders.
Thank you Kaye! I bet they are fun to watch. 🙂
Love this card you made, it is so handsome!
Thank you Candyce!
😳 you are so creative; I would’ve never thought to do that. The card is absolutely beautiful! Whoever the lucky recipient is, will surely love getting this card!
Thank you so much Dagmar for the kind words. I think they will absolutely love it!
I love your titmouse. I love watching mine at my feeder. Super great.
Thank you Jacqueline! I bet they are a lot of fun to watch.
What a pretty card, Melissa! I like how you changed the bird.
Thank you Mary Lou!
Love the bird card – so simple but elegant
Thank you Betty!
What a beautiful card. I would never have thought of creating a “new” bird from the die. Genius!! Thank you for sharing your talents.
Thank you Anna! I’m always happy to share. 🙂
Your card is lovely! The bird is perfect; I would never be able to do that. I’m sure the recipient will love it!
Thank you so much Donna! I wouldn’t say never, you should give it a try.