Stampin’ Up! Alternate Monday Perched On A Tree

Happy Monday Stampers, Its Alternate Monday time!

What is Alternate Monday???  This means I am sharing a card taken from the blog hop that I participate in each Thursday. I am taking either the sketch or color challenge and making a second card that is close to or similar to the posted card from the hop.  I want to inspire you to get different looks for your card by mixing it up a bit by color and design.  Today I used the same layout, with a twist and changed the colors to give the card an “Alternate” look.

Stampin’ Up! Perched In A Tree:

I made this card just like my Thursday blog card but changed up the colors. I was so pleased how each bird took on a personality based on the colors.  I love each one and can’t even pick a favorite.  Do you have one that pops out and  you think, “oh that is my favorite?”


The recipe:

Card base: Very Vanilla 4-1/2 x 11, scored at 5-1/5

Mat: Soft Suede 4 x 5-1/4

(Mat for the blue bird is Hues of Happiness) (see below in the pictures)

Embossed and Die Cut panel: Very Vanilla 3-7/8 x 5-1/8

The details:

the bird:

  • Stamp the bird image onto watercolor paper with Veramark Ink
  • Head emboss the bird with Black Embossing Powder
  • Paint the bird by wetting the watercolor paper with your Aqua Painter and color the bird with diluted puddles of reinker, working in sections
  • The reinkers I used were Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede and a touch of Crushed Curry.
  • (the blue and yellow bird is done the same,  using, Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Daffodill Delight reinkers)
  • I flooded each section with water and with watered down reinker,s dropped color on the image with my aqua painter and let the colors run.
  • Let the colors dry in-between applications so the colors do not get muddy.  Each bird with turn out different as the water and reinkers do their own thing.
  • Die cut the bird with the Aspen Tree Die after the bird is dry

the leaves:

  • Die cut two leaves from the Aspen Tree dies, one in Coastal Cabana and one in Distressed Gold DSP
  • Sponge the edges of the Coastal Cabana with your sponge dauber and Coastal Cabana Ink

Tree branch:

  • Stamp the tree branch image onto watercolor paper with Veramark Ink
  • Heat emboss the image with black embossing powder
  • Watercolor the branch with your reinkers,  Aqua Painter and Soft Suede ink
  • Die cut the branch with the Aspen Tree die

The Aspen Tree Panel:

  • Die cut the Very Vanilla 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 panel using the Aspen Tree Die
  • Run the inked, die cut panel through your embossing machine using the Timbers EF

The Sentiment:

  • Stamp the sentiment with Bermuda Bay ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock using the phrase from the Soft Seedlings stamp set
  • Die cut the sentiment the Stylish Shaped die

Putting the card together:

  • Adhere the Aspen Tree die cut panel to the Soft Suede panel
  • Attach this to the front of the card with Dimensionals
  • Adhere your branch to the front of the card with Liquid Glue
  • Attach your bird to the branch with Dimensionals
  • Tuck the two leaves under the bird and branch with liquid glue
  • Attach the sentiment to the front of the card

Finishing Touches:

  • Adhere a Very Vanilla Gold Trim bow to the leaf cluster with a glue dot
  • Add some Gold Adhesive Backed Sequin from the Seasonal Sequins pack in the mini catalog and then you are done

Here is one more color combination:

Inspiration Piece:


Here is the card from our Thursday Blog Hop that inspired todays “alternate” look

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