Friday, November 22, 2019

Christmas Cardinal

Happy Friday!  It's Jeanne today with a card using the Christmas Cardinal from the new Christmas release and an older die, Birch Trees.  I plan to send this card to a neighbor who collects cardinals.  She frames any cardinal Christmas cards she receives and displays them over the holidays.
This card would also make a wonderful masculine birthday card - just change the holly behind the bird to less seasonal greenery.  The Seasons Floral 1 and 2 dies have some lovely pine cones and leaves that would work well.
I cut all the pieces from white cardstock and shaded the cardinal and birch trees using Distress Oxide inks. The rest were colored with  Copic markers.

To get shading under some of the feathers, I used a small piece of paper slipped into one of the slits on his wing as a mask.  This is a nice way to add depth to your die cuts.
I created a misty background using two shades of DO gray ink on a 4.25 x5.5 inch panel.
My birch trees are shaded with the same grays.
To create the card, I cut half an inch off the side of the panel so is is now 3.75 x 5.5 inches and added a thin strip of gold washi tape.  On an A2 card base I glued a .75 inch strip of plaid paper.
After adhering the panel to the card base, I glued the birch tress and greenery.
I added some gold thread, then popped the cardinal off the card using foam dots.


Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you have a fun and creative weekend!


Mary Marsh said...

Love cardinals on Christmas cards- you created a great background and I love the touch of gold cording

Pam MacKay said...

Love the birch trees in the background it looks perfect with that bright red cardinal!!

Sukie said...

Beautiful card! The cardinal is absolutely gorgeous amongst those birch trees!