When you have an awesome selection of Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper it is easy to create beautifully colored images. I chose to combine the Sweet Ice Cream DSP and the Artistry Blooms DSP. I was flipping through a home decor catalog and came across an inspiration piece. It was entitled ‘Colored Birds on a Wire”. And the stage was set for this post on easy colored birds using DSP.

Take a look at these two wonderful Designer Series Papers. The possibilities are endless.

ARTISTRY BLOOMS #152495 Coordinating Colors: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
ICE CREAM CORNER #154567 Coordinating Colors: Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Purple Posy, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Terracotta Tile

Here is the resulting card.

Fussy Cut Birds on Branches


  • Paper
    • Thick White cardstock:
      • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
      • 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
    • Night of Navy cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ plus a scrap
    • Artistry Blooms DSP: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
    • Ice Cream Corner DSP: scraps
    • Early Espresso cardstock: scraps
  • Stamp Set
    • Free As a Bird
    • Sending Sunshine
    • Itty Bitty Greetings
  • Dies & Punches
    • Seasonal Layers dies (RETIRED)
    • OPTION: Birds & More dies
  • Ink & Markers
    • White Craft Ink pad
    • Early Espresso ink pad
    • Versamark ink pad
  • Other Supplies:
    • Heat & Stick Powder
    • Gilded Leafing Flakes
    • Artistry Blooms self-adhesive sequins
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Tools (A MUST for Every Crafter)
    • Snips & Bone Folder
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Cut & Emboss Machine (mini)
    • Stamparatus or Clear Acrylic Blocks

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Choose 2 coordinating/contrasting patterns from the Ice Cream Corner DSP and Artistry Blooms DSP. Stamp the birds on the Ice Cream Corner DSP using the Early Espresso ink. Fussy cut the birds.

Die-cut 2-3 branches from Early Espresso cardstock.

Stamp some wispy images from the Sending Sunshine stamp set with Versamark. Add Heat & Stick powder and heat emboss. Add layers of Gilded Leafing until you are pleased with the effect.

Stamp the sentiment with White Craft ink on Night of Navy scrap and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Assemble the layers as shown on the Artistry Blooms DSP card panel. Add some sequins. Personalize the envelope with extra pieces and send it to a friend that you have not seen in a while.

I hope you enjoyed this method of creating beautiful and easy colored birds using DSP. I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Head over to my SHOP for all your paper crafting desires.


Here is another quick card using the Christmas Layers dies, Textured Essentials stamp set, and Scripty 3D embossing folder. TIP: I stamped the bird on a window sheet using the Stamparatus. Then I laid my DSP over the image, secured it with a magnet, and restamped it on the ‘wrong’ side of the DSP. This pressed the ink onto the ‘right’ side of the DSP and created my reverse image. I had to use an Early Espresso marker to darken some of the lines.

Fussy cut birds from DSP