Watercolour Hummingbird

Watercolour Hummingbird created with Picture Perfect from Stampin’ Up! ® #GDP031 Theme Nature

I had a friend around a couple of Friday nights ago for a girls night in. She sat colouring in one of my colouring books and I was playing around making a couple of cards and experimenting water colouring some stamped flowers. She told me she was thinking of getting a watercolour tatoo and showed me a couple of images she liked! One of them was a watercolour hummingbird – you can see where this post is heading right?

I googled watercolour hummingbird and there is an overwhelming array of images that comes up in the search, I kind of got sidetracked trying to be too clever, using marker pens to colour in the stamps before stamping and spritzing with water. Needless to say none of the efforts paid off once they’d dried and I was on the verge of giving up the idea when I thought I would just try one more time but with something much simpler!

Picture Perfect from Stampin' Up! Watercolour Hummingbird Tracy May 01

So I stamped the image marked no. 4 in the Picture Perfect set – the one with the beak. I used Basic Gray Archival ink as it’s water proof. I then stamped image no.1 in Tempting Turquoise and spritzed with water – playing around with how much water and where I spritzed until I had a good flow of ink and water mixing on the paper. Then I inked up the little throat stamp, marked no. 2 in the set, with Melon Mambo and stamped onto the wet paper.

I absolutely love the result. I posted the image just after I had stamped and spritzed it on Instagram and Facebook and it got lots of likes and comments, so I thought I would do a little video and also a Periscope of the technique. The video is on my YouTube channel – I hope you like it. Please like and subscribe whist you’re there……….. 😊…… thank you!


And super bonus is that this card qualifies for the Global Design Project challenge this week where the theme is nature! How fantastic! Double win!

Picture Perfect from Stampin' Up! Watercolour Hummingbird Tracy May

I accidentally dropped the sentiment stamp on to this one when it had ink on it already – I almost cried, until I remembered I could just go over it with water and blend the colour into the background. Duh! I stamped the sentiment over the top once it was dry!

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  1. I loooooove this Tracy! X

  2. Oh My Goodness…Tracy, this card is beautiful. I love how you took a somewhat difficult stamp to work with and created something stunning. Thanks for playing along again this week at Global Design Project.

  3. This is so pretty! Love the colouring and the softness of it all!

  4. Wow, the movement you have managed to create is fantastic. I feel like the bird is actually hovering for us! I enjoyed watching your video and seeing the process you took too, Tracy. Thank you for playing with us at Global Design Project this week.

  5. This is beautiful! I just got this set last Friday and I haven’t play with it yet! You inspire me!

  6. This card is so beautiful!

  7. Joke Gabriel says:

    Tracy, What a lovely card , the water color is perfect!

  8. Wow, I’m speechless. So beautiful!

  9. I have no words!


  10. Just stunning!

  11. Breathtaking, Tracy! This is such an artistic show of this bird. I love your card! Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project theme challenge.

  12. Jan Clothier says:

    Very clever use of the stamps to get such a sense of movement in the hummingbird. Love the vibrant colours too, Lovely work!

  13. Tracy, you have outdone yourself! This is a work of art! xxx

  14. Stunning work—congratulations!

  15. Well done on being a worthy winner this week Tracy x

  16. What a wonderful card Tracy!

  17. This is absolutely stunning! I love it – thanks for sharing the technique

  18. Really LOVE your card!!!
    I am attempting make it tonight and hope it is as easy as you make it look.
    Your card is beautiful. Thank you!

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