I purchased the stamp set Take It to Heart from the Occasions Mini Catalog soon after its debut because I loved the silhouette image of the boy and girl on the bicycle. See this post for an example of those two images.  I also love the way the hearts coordinate with the Heart Framelits. But, now that it is spring, I decided it was time to fall in love with the bird image. I think many of our summer birds here in MN have come back early since we have been having such nice weather so this card was inspired by the bird songs outside my window. Spring has sprung in MN and on this 4 1/4″ square card.

Not that I haven’t already used this image . . . see this post for how I used it on a scrapbook page. This is my first time, however, to use the bird image on a card. I did two takes for you . . . the more time consuming card is pictured today . . . the quick and easy card will be posted tomorrow.

So, what’s time consuming? Coloring!! I stamped the image with Basic Gray ink onto watercolor paper and then used an Aqua Painter and patience with ink from the lid of my ink pads to color the bird. It took just a few seconds to cut it out using the framelits die in the Big Shot Machine so at least that was fast! I guess I’ll have to display this one for a long time – possibly under glass! It’s been a while since I’ve puttered this long with a card. I guess I’ve gotten accustomed to quick and easy. Please tell me it was worth the effort!!

Stay tuned for Quick and Easy tomorrow when I show you Take Two with this same image! Thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Take It to Heart (WM 125520, CM 125522)
Paper: Basic Gray (121044), Watercolor Paper (122959), Everyday Enchantment DSP FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration (126154)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120), ink for coloring – Pool Party (122938), Lucky Limeade (122926), Poppy Parade (119793), Peach Parfait (119794)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Framelits Heart Collection (125599), Paper Piercer for Pearl Placement (116631), Aqua Painter (103954), 1 1/4″ Circle Punch to round the corners (119861)
Accessories: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon (124326)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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