Hummingbird ATC Card – a Craft Fail of Sorts

Well, my ATC journey continues with a semi craft fail.  My plan was to create an ATC with this image of a hummingbird I had saved in my stash.

Envelope with hummingbird image

Envelope with hummingbird image

This was originally from an envelope I had gotten in the mail for a wildlife organization.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but after my bird napkin ATCs, I thought I’d do another one with this napkin and my hummingbird:

Punch Studio floral napkin

Punch Studio floral napkin

My idea was to include the large red flower and add the hummingbird so that the bird looks like it is going for the nectar.  The trick was getting the relatively large images of the flower and hummingbird centered just so on the small 2.5 by 3.5 inch size of the ATC so that the overall picture looked right.  Not much room for error!

I started out by fussy cutting the hummingbird.

Hummingbird cut out

You’ll notice the bits or orange on the upper wing from the flower that was in the original picture.  To cover it up, I mixed up some watercolors and touched up the wing with the paint.

Hummingbird with touched up wing

Hummingbird with touched up wing

Not perfect, but I could live with it.

After playing around with the positioning of the flower on my napkin, I finally settled on a placement that I was happy with that I thought would translate what I had in my head.

Floral napkin front

Floral napkin front

I covered the back of my card with origami paper and outlined it in gold paint pen.

Origami paper ATC back with gold trimmed edges

Origami paper ATC back with gold trimmed edges

I didn’t care for my uneven application of the gold.  I guess I could have covered the back with another piece of decorative paper, but decided to leave it.

Next, I played around with the placement of my hummingbird.  When I figured out how I wanted it to look, I glued it on and trimmed off the excess.  I wanted to add something more three dimensional to my card. After looking through my scrapbook stash, I found this piece of chipboard pre-printed with a quote:

Chipboard with quote

Chipboard with quote

I trimmed off the “set sail” part and added gold paint along the edges.

Trimmed chipboard quote

Trimmed chipboard quote

This quote did not really go with my hummingbird, but nevertheless, I added it to my card.  I will need to look into coming up with better quotes for my ATCs, as I believe that that is my weakness.

In keeping with my practice of adding gold glitter to my ATCs, I got the bright idea to add some glittery accents to my card, and so added glitter glue to one of the wings and the center of the flower.  My intention was to make it look as if there are light flourishes of gold glitter, kind of like rays.  What I ended up with was something that looked like the work of a kindergartener.

Hummingbird with excess of gold glitter

Hummingbird with excess of gold glitter

I thought the gold glitter would be thin and delicate when the glue dried, like it did in my previous projects involving the stuff, but this time, no such luck.  It was thick and heavy handed :0(

The gold flourishes I added to the bottom part of the card looked better.

Gold glitter glue accents

At this point, my ATC looked like this:

Building up hummingbird ATC

I wanted to add some ribbon accents to my card and decided that the bottom left corner was the perfect place to add them to balance out the overall look.

Ribbon pieces

Ribbon pieces

Ribbon accents along corner of card

Ribbon accents along corner of card

I added one of the green “diamonds” from the diamond wrap ribbon to the center of the chipboard piece as a final accent.

My finished ATC:

Hummingbird ATC card

Hummingbird ATC card

While my ATC fell short of my expectations, I actually like the overall look of it.  I wasn’t sure if the photo image of the hummingbird would mesh with the printed napkin image of the flower, but looking at my finished card, I think the mix worked.  Plus, this was the first time I used such large images on such a small canvas, and I was able to make it work.  So all was not loss with this less than perfect outcome. It could have been a lot worse, given my experimentation with this card.  Funny how the experimental stuff worked out, but not the basic stuff like adding glitter – lol!

Next time, though, I will make sure I don’t overdo it with the glitter glue!

What do you think?  Do you think the mix of photo with printed image works?  Have you ever worked with large images on your ATCs?  Please share in the comments.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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