Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse

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.

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Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse - Main photo

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.

Tufted Titmouse Bird

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?

Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse

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.
Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse
  • 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.
Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse
  • 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.
Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse
  • 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.
Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse
  • Attach five Festive Pearls as shown.
Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse - angled view

 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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44 thoughts on “Perched in a Tree Tufted Titmouse”

  1. 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.💗

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  5. 😳 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!

  6. What a beautiful card. I would never have thought of creating a “new” bird from the die. Genius!! Thank you for sharing your talents.


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