Cricut Art Nouveau Hummingbird Birthday Card


I wanted to make a card to enter in a couple of challenges and this is what I came up with.  The first challenge is Things that Fly in Nature over at Bitten by the Bug 2. The second challenge is Texture at Cooking with Cricut.

I made a 5″ x 5″ card and the patterned paper was all printed on the Imagine using the Country Carnival cartridge.  I love the paper selection on this cartridge and have been wanting to use the design that is on the background of my card for some time.  The reason I bought this cartridge is because of the paper — and the very cool font that it has.

 I cut the hummingbird (at 3″) from watercolor paper using the Art Nouveau cartridge and colored him with Copics.  This is only my second time trying to color with Copics, and I have lots to learn.  I discovered I don’t have enough green markers — I didn’t have enough in the same color group to do any blending.

After I colored the hummingbird, I used a crystal glaze (something I got years ago) to go over sections of his body to try and simulate the iridescence you see in their feathers.

Oh, dear — after looking at the close-up I’m not too sure I should be posting it.  My coloring definitely leaves a lot to be desired!  The circle behind the hummingbird was embossed using the Forest Branches folder.

I recently got the Art Philosophy cartridge, mainly because of the flowers I have seen so many crafters make with it. The roses on this card represent my first time using this cartridge.  I cut them at 2″ and 2.5″ using some Recollections paper from Michaels.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I used a quilling tool from one of my Cuttlebug quilling kits to roll up the flowers.  I was surprised at how quickly they went together.  The greenery behind the roses is also from Art Philosophy.

I wanted the sentiment to be subtle, so I stamped it in the upper right hand corner (using distress ink) trying to make it look like it is part of the print on the paper.  I added a couple of pieces of lace across two corners and used my sewing machine to stitch around the card.

For the inside of the card, the white area is a shape cut using Art Philosophy.  The corners are a 2″ square of vellum, cut diagonally, embossed with the Swiss Dots folder, and trimmed with lace sewn across the top edges.  I then secured them to the card by stitching around the entire piece.

I originally planned on using the vellum corners on the front of the card, but when I laid everything out, I thought they hid too much of the paper on the front.  So they got moved inside, which worked out fine because I had no plans yet for the inside of the card.

  • Cricut cartridges:  Art Nouveau, Art Philosophy, Imagine Country Carnival
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders:  Forest Branches, Swiss Dots
  • Copics
  • Vellum, scraps of lace


  1. Carole Beath says:

    Linda, this is wonderful…. and oh my those flowers!!!!…thanks for sharing this with us at BBTB2.

  2. This is breathtaking. Those flowers are beautiful. That hummingbird is my favorite one. It’s gorgeous. Love the colors. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2. Stephanie

  3. Linda, this is stunning! Gorgeous papers, colors, and your flowers and hummingbird are just breathtaking. Thanks so much for playing along with BBTB2. xxD

  4. Wow I love the background paper you did on the Imagine with the roses. The hummingbird and all the details are gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at CWC and BBTB2.

  5. Oh, this is simply stunning. The papers are gorgeous and the embellishments are lovely. Thanks for sharing at CWC.

  6. Very Beautiful Card, I love Humming birds, you did an excellent job creating this project…..


  7. You always impress! Love the details, colors, and texture you have created in this birthday card. It is so elegant! Your lace corners, your roses, your background papers, all are perfect!

  8. Rebecca Gosnell says:

    This is a lovely card. Hummers are my favorite and you’ve done a beautiful job of adding him to the card. Your copic work is beyond my skills. I love it.

  9. I was just noising around your blog– always so inspiring to come here!- and found this stunning project! I just love it!

  10. Your Hummingbird is strikingly beautiful! I think the coloring is perfect! I am glad I stopped by your blog!

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