Just the right punch for a chickadee!

When I was very young, during a long 8-hour trip on snowy roads to spend Christmas at my grandparents’ house, I saw a little bird sitting on a fence right off the side of street. He was all fluffed up because of the cold and was the cutest, chubbiest, and most cheerful looking little bird I had ever seen. It was one of those cold crisp days, when snow sparkles in the sun, and the trees were laden with snow. I later found out it was a chickadee. That image is still very clear in my mind, and every time I see a chickadee in a winter setting, I remember the Christmases of my childhood. When I received the Occasions Mini-Catalog, I was already in the Christmas spirit, so needless to say, when I saw the new bird punch I immediately saw the chickadee in him!

I made quite a few chickadees, a flock of them really, and used them for my Christmas cards and tags. Here are two examples.

To make these I started by making a pattern. I punched one bird, then used an image of a chickadee as a reference to draw the boundary lines for each color section. I then carefully cut along those lines to create my pattern pieces. For each color, I punched one bird, then used the pattern piece to trace and cut that specific color region. (I used pattern pieces for the Whisper White, Going Gray, and Basic Black sections). I punched another bird in Naturals Ivory, which is the color of the belly and serves as a base to mount the other color sections. The Basic Gray bird parts were darkened around the edges in Going Gray with a dauber. The belly part was colored with Sahara Sand and Creamy Caramel. For the throat area, I used a white Watercolor Wonder crayon. The eye is a 1/8″ circle in Whisper White on which I colored in the pupil with a Basic Black marker.

In both samples I also used the branch and leaf part of the punch. In the first sample, I punched about 14 of them, cut the stems a little shorter, curled the leaves, and used them to make the wreath. In the second sample, which is a 3″ x 3″ card tag, I punched the branch only once and trimmed each leaf to look like secondary branches. So much can be done with this punch… I love it!

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17 responses to “Just the right punch for a chickadee!

  1. Linda Pastva Callahan

    Absolutely LOVED your tutorials using the bird punch. All I was looking for were the shamrocks, and then I found all these others– WOW!
    Thanks for sharing your talents!

  2. Nancy

    I never imagined someone could get so many gorgeous cards and find so many creative uses for just one punch. I have this punch and I’m going to sit down tonight and try all your ideas! Thanks so much.

  3. Ruth Tycz

    I loved your cards so much that I forward your web site to my sister who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She got so excited that she made the romantic chickadee card for our other sisters Wedding Anniversary and sent it to her. She loved it and said she’ll never throw it away. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

  4. roma

    Is the bird punch from stampin up?

    • Ann

      It sure is! The product number is 117191, and you’ll find it on page 10 in the Occasions Mini Catalog. If you want to see see it, just click on that catalog in the left sidebar.

  5. Ann, the cards you have created with this gorgeous punch are amazing. I have just received the punch and now have lots of great ideas to try out. You are an inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. anne marie

    dearest ann , im crying your work is sooooo beautiful . your a great inspiration to me . you ve giving me such a new outlook on my card making …thank you thank you thank you . for your god giving talent that you so kindly share with others . wow amazing stuff …peace be with you . anne

  7. Oh, my goodness! You really know how to get mileage out of your punches! These are amazing! Love them all!

  8. Judy Smetaniuk

    I am so glad that I visited your blog. Your chickadees are absolutely fabulous and I am in love with every card that you have created using them. Thanks so much for sharing how you made them. I am definitely going to have to give them a try. I hope that you don’t mind my trying to copy/case some of your fantastic work. I have just started into Stampin’ Up and you have such wonderful ideas.

    • Ann

      Judy, please do case them! That would be the greatest compliment. The chickadees are a bit of work but I think they’re worth the trouble. Thanks for liking my cards so much, and welcome to the fun world of Stampin’ Up!

  9. Lisa (SCS:countrybeamer)

    Oh, so cute! Can’t wait to try these :)

  10. Bonnie Bancroft

    I have fallen in love with your chickadee cards! I have been busy all day, trying to create the chickadee. Just can’t seem to get the cuts where they look nice and natural as yours do, but going to keep at it until I get it. They are to-o-o cute! Thank you, thank you for sharing!

  11. This is my favorite punch so far. I took it to my card making group recently and everyone wanted to use it. Doesn’t it make beautiful cards!! You don’t need much else after using this one!!! Thanks for the creative ideas!!! Can’t wait to try your design.

  12. JoAnn

    Ann, thank you so much for the chickadee, my favorite bird. There are many around my area, and they always make me smile. I will so enjoy making this!

  13. Sylvia Johnson

    I love this Chickadee. Will you be sharing your template again? TFS this little guy.

    • Ann

      Sylvia, you’ll find a link to my downloadable instructions in my post of January 9. It will show you how to make your own templates from the punched bird shape. I would have liked to provide templates to just print and cut to make it easier for everyone, but I felt it would be in conflict with Stampin’ Up!’s copyright policies. Have fun making your chickadee!

  14. Linda heller

    Ann, love-love-love your chickadee and your blog! Just beautiful!!

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