Pals Blog Hop: Spring has Sprung!

Pals Blog Hop February 2019 Stesha Bloodhart. Stampin' Hoot! #steshabloodhart #stampinhoot

Welcome to the Pals’ March Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because ”Spring has Sprung” – at least on our blog hop if not outside! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Better With You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Card by Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

As I scanned my shelves lined with stamp sets, I was hoping one would catch my eye that I had yet to ink up…lets just say, there are a lot more of those sets then I want to admit…but, since the birds will soon be returning to us in Northern Wisconsin, this one called to me…and I am so happy that it did. 

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. With a Stampin’ Trimmer, cut a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11″.  Score and fold at 5 1/2″.
  2. Cut a piece of Cajun Craze Cardstock to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″.  Zip through the Big Shot tucked inside the Petal Burst Embossing Folder. Adhere to the card, slanted slightly to the left, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  3. Cut a piece of Vellum Cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5″.  Adhere, slanted slightly to the right, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  4. Use a Clear Block D to randomly stamp the background image in Jet Black Stāzon ink onto the right side of a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″ piece of Shimmery White Cardstock.  Use an Aqua Painter to add Soft Suede Ink, starting on the left side and filling to the right to keep the shadowed look.   Use the Classic Label Punch to notch the top and bottom of the cardstock at 1/2″ in from the right side. Wrap with one loop of Linen Thread, securing with a bow. Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  5. Thread a True Gentleman Button with Linen Thread and adhere as shown with a Mini Glue Dot. 
  6. Use the Stamparatus to stamp the bird and sentiment in Jet Black Stāzon ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock.  Crop the sentiment using the Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, and Bunch of Labels Framelit Die. Snip the flagged end off the right side and adhere,  tucked under the Linen Thread as shown, with a Snail Adhesive.  TIP: Only adhere the right side so that you can pop the left side up like a flag. 
  7. Color the bird using an Aqua Painter and the following classic inks: Blueberry Bushel, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, and Crushed Curry. Snip with a Paper Snips and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. 

Better With You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Card by Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

I find my inspiration for my watercolor images on Pinterest.  This bird was close to the first one that popped up in my search feed and I knew immediately that I wanted to use the same colors on my creation.  Blueberry Bushel, Cajun Craze, and Soft Suede are colors like work well with an Aqua Painter.  Depth can be obtained rather easily if you keep the water amounts low.  What do you think?

Better With You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Card by Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

I love the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies..they are so versatile and make sentiment cropping a breeze.  I probably use this flagged banner the most and it just happened to fit this sentiment to a T.  Love when that happens, don’t you?

Better With You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Card by Stesha Bloodhart, Stampin' Hoot!

Vellum Cardstock adds the perfect touch of softness to match the watercolor image. Adhere the layers slanted slightly for a touch of artistic feel. I love, love, love this. 


  1. Katy McGloin

    OUTSTANDING coloring of the bluebird!!! I have not inked that stamp set up myself and, with your coloring guidance, am inspired to do so!! Lovely card, Stesha!!

    • Stesha Bloodhart

      Thank you, Katy!

  2. Jane Harrah

    How beautiful and your coloring is spectacular!

    • Stesha Bloodhart

      Thank you, Jane!

  3. Jeanie Stark

    I always love seeing your coloring Stesha! Your bird is so realistic and a beautiful sign of spring! I can’t wait to hear some chirping!!

  4. Jennifer Michalski

    Oh goodness, this card is just beautiful! I love how you have put together all of the different elements, but the bird is still the focal point along with the sweet sentiment 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  5. Patti MacLeith

    I have not seen a more beautiful card made with this lovely bird, Stesha!

  6. Debbie Mageed

    Beautiful! I love this stamp set and need to get it inky. Your card will definitely provide wonderful inspiration!!

  7. Tricia Chuba

    Stesha, this is so beautiful and I LOVE your coloring of the bird!


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