Humming Along for GDP174

So many ideas ran through my head for this week’s oval-focused sketch at Global Design Project. There are so many ways to use an oval – I decided to let the oval play a background to the gorgeous hummingbird in Humming Along Bundle. Bright, bold colors were a perfect contrast to a black oval. Here’s my card for this week’s sketch challenge:

Humming Along Bundle, Butterfly Gala, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here’s the banner for the sketch challenge that inspired my card:

GDP174Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Hummingbirds & Hibiscus. Although I live inside the Atlanta city limits, I am surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife. During Spring and Summer, we hang a hummingbird feeder outside our picture window so we can enjoy the buzzing little birds – such fun to watch them zip in and zip away. Here’s a picture I took of our view over the summer: view from my windowOn the other side of the deck from the hummingbird feeder is a beautiful hibiscus plant – while the hummers tend to enjoy the nectar from the feeder, the flowers are a sweet temptation.  hibiscusImagine my surprise when I saw both the hummingbird and hibiscus paired with one another in the Humming Along Bundle – what fun! Here’s a look at the bundle:Humming Along Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150621
  • The Oval. I stamped the hibiscus with Whisper White Craft Ink and sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I heat-set the flower with my Heat Tool. The black oval with a white flower image was a great contradiction to the colorful bird. I stamped the sentiment (from Butterfly Gala stamp set) on a strip of Whisper White cardstock and cropped it with the same Oval die I used to crop the flower. Here’s a look at how I lined it up to crop it before gluing it onto the black oval:Cutting a sentiment with an Ovals Collection Framelit Die, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Bright Colors. My Google searches of hummingbirds showed lots of green birds and lots of blue birds. Some had pink bellies or necks, while others did not. I decided to mix all the best attributes and my artistic license to build a hummingbird with all three colors. Here’s a closer look of the bird colored with Stampin’ Blends:Humming Along Bundle, Butterfly Gala, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingIf you like this combination of Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green and Poppy Parade as much as I do, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration - Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade

Bundles: Humming Along  Stamp Sets: Humming Along, Butterfly Gala  Papers: Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Brights 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Granny Apple Green)  Inks: Whisper White Craft, Stampin’ Blends (Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate) Accessories: Hummingbird Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. Beautiful my frien , funny I work on that set yesterday too, ♥️♥️
    Yours is prettier ?
    Hugs Frenchie
    Have a wonderful week my friend. ♥️

  2. Suzie Patt Cullen

    You did a beautiful job, Brian! Wow! Hummingbirds are so pretty and such fun to watch. Thank you for including the pictures used for your inspiration.
    Have a great week! ?

  3. The white embossed flower on black card stock is so striking and really brings the colorful hummingbird to life!

  4. Blown away with the embossing the flower on black! Love the sentiment cutting too! Beautiful card!

    • Thanks so much, Windy! The hummingbird didn’t pop on a colorful flower – was so happy with how it turned out to make the black-and-white oval. Glad you like it!

  5. A gorgeous color combo Brian and the thin black matte is so striking…love this card!

  6. How fun it is to see a beautiful work of art first thing in the morning! The colors really pop on this card, I’m sure that back ground played a nice role in it. Brian, your hibiscus flower is beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Katrina! I’m glad you like the card. We love the hibiscus – it has one blooming flower one day, three the next and two the day after that. Glad you like the card! ♥

  7. that’s it… I shied away from this set but your card put me over the edge. the TOTAL coordination of this card is spectacular!!! …from the bold bird colors, to the white embossing on black, to the background. I am blown away….whoosh…..

  8. Pretty card, Brian. Love the color combination and the inspiration pictures. Have a great day!

  9. margaretann hammond

    A beautiful card. I love how you showcased the flower along with the beautiful hummingbird

  10. Oh, how I love to see these gorgeous signs of Spring and Summer once again!!! Especially now that we up here are in the awful grip of this Polar Vortex, with -20 degree temperatures. Your card totally sends a reviving wave of warmth and beauty through us during this awful freezing spell and it reminded me what Hal Borland said:

    “No Winter lasts forever…..
    No Spring skips its turn.”

    The views from your porch are gorgeous and so inviting, thank you for sharing, my dear.

    • Spring might not skip its turn, but it sometimes seems to only stay for a couple of days. 🙂 Thanks so much, Maria! I’m so glad you like the card and the Summer view from our porch. Stay warm in these crazy temperatures! ♥

  11. A striking card. Especially love the hummingbird interacting with the flower.

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