For some reason I'm finding I'm liking birds. Especially in the stamping world. So many of my friends DO NOT like this bird from the Perched in a Tree stamp set because he's so puffed up ... they have even been calling him constipated. So I put him on a diet. Here's what I did.
I stamped and colored him with Stampin' Blends. For this one I used Tahitian Tide, Night of Navy and Soft Sea Foam.
Next, I cut him out (there is a die, but was in fussy cutting mode).
Starting from his beak, I cut off his puffed belly. A little trimming under his beak to get a better shape. Then overlapped the top and bottom pieces to get the size I was looking for ... and I now have a skinny bird. A little trimming by his tail also had to be done, but I really liked the way these turned out. (The seam does show, but only if you look really close).