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Hummingbirds are like flying jewels with glorious colors. Here’s a tutorial on how to assemble our hummingbird.

1. Begin by gathering your supplies. You will need:

  • TOOLS:
    Hummingbird Happiness die set
    Die cutting machine
    Liquid adhesive
    My Colors cardstock by My Mind’s Eye in: Seafoam, Spearmint, Caribbean Sea, Hunter Green, Holiday Green, Mint Julep, Limelight, Fireflies and Red Cherry 

For this project I used cardstock from My Colors by My Mind’s Eye. I was impressed with the colors and quality, plus how easy the cardstock was to work with. To make one hummingbird I die cut two birds from Hunter Green cardstock saving one of the drop-out pieces from the tail feathers to use as an accent piece. I die cut seven feathers, three from one color and one each from four other colors. The remaining pieces were die cut in the quantities shown above.

I began by trimming off the right wing and the tail from one of the bird shapes.

The right wing has crease lines to help in placement of the different colored shapes. 

Adhere the shapes onto the right wing.

Turn the right wing over and trim away the excess shapes using the original right wing as a guide.

To assemble the tail, gather the tail feathers as shown including the Hunter Green original shape and the drop-out piece.

Adhere the tail feathers as shown, overlapping feathers as needed.

Turn the entire tail over and trim away any feathers that extend beyond the Hunter Green tail shape along the top.

Turn the tail over again and adhere the accent piece on the front of the tail.

Adhere the tail and right wing piece to the front of the complete hummingbird. Adhere the beak to the complete hummingbird.

Adhere the remaining feather pieces to the left wing using the crease lines as a guide.

Adhere the belly shape onto the hummingbird.

Adhere the large, green back shape to the back of the hummingbird. Adhere the red throat into the hummingbird.

The completed hummingbird. There are other ways to assemble and embellish the hummingbird so have fun and experiment.

We used this hummingbird to embellish a card and a home d├ęcor piece. There are so many more ways to enjoy this lovely bird. Combine it with the trumpet flowers to truly express what hummingbird happiness is all about.

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