Friday, December 4, 2015

Birds on the brain... and on Christmas cards Part 1!

Hello and welcome!

I had some time to play before teaching a Christmas card class about two types of embossing (dry & heat embossing). I hadn't had time to make cards with these leftover pieces and decided it was time to pull out the bird stamps that I have and make some Christmas cards! I am a bird lover especially on cards! I adore chickadees and love cardinals as well (even though I see chickadees a lot here in Alaska, I've only ever seen one real cardinal!). 

On the blue card, I used Impression Obsession "Birch Trees" stamp on 120 lb heavy weight Gina K Designs white card stock in Versamark ink then sprinkled it with Stampendous PearlLustre Sapphire blue embossing powder and heat set it. I used a red Wink of Stella glitter pen to color the bird in so he's all shimmery. I used the Clearly Besotted "joy" die and cut it out of TPC Studio bright red shimmer paper. It didn't quite match the red of the glitter pen so I colored over it with the red Wink of Stella glitter pen too. I adhered it with Ranger Matte Multi Medium.

For the second card I had used the We R Memory Keepers trees embossing folder to emboss on Gina K Designs base weight kraft card stock. I stamped this little unknown cardinal stamp on Gina K Designs base weight card stock and colored him with the red Wink of Stella glitter pen. I cut him out by hand and adhered him with Ranger Matte Multi Medium. I did the "joy" in the same way as above to match the red of the bird. I also used a sponger to lightly run ColorBox white pigment ink across the embossed trees to highlight them just slightly and make them stand out better. The glitter pen makes these so shimmery in the right light!

I have two more bird cards to show you but they'll have to wait for the next blog post!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge: Birds
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Let It Snow
Uniko Challenge #27: Christmas with a twist of CAS
AAA Cards Game #33: Anything Goes
CAS  on Sunday #72: Christmas
Addicted to CAS #37: Dimension
Virginia's View Challenge #21: Glitter (my pics don't show it very well but it's there!)
Muse ChristmasVisions #31: Inspiration card (one bird, one die cut sentiment, slight embossing)


  1. Wow, both cards are gorgeous! I love the blue that you used and the tree scene is lovely. I also love the warmth and sweetness from the 2nd card. Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Let it Snow” Challenge!

  2. Both cards are absolutely super. Love the simple kraft version with the pop of red. Thanks so much for playing along with Uniko this month!

  3. Beautiful crisp, clean and classy cards. Great to see you've linked up at AAA Cards, ATCAS and Uniko too. thanks ever so much. Sarah x

  4. Beautiful cards! that little Cardinal gives them just the right pop of color!

  5. Two really gorgeous cards, Kris! I love how you added texture and dimension on each pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

  6. Hi Kris ~ Yout cards are gorgeous! I particularly like the blue you used in the first card. The Kraft card with the pop of red is beautiful!

  7. Hi Kris, fantastic cards, love all the texture on both of your cards...that blue one is sure striking! And the red birds just pop right out! gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

  8. Super cards. really loving the white trees and blue background and the texture on the kraft one. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards and Uniko.

  9. Awesome cards, love the shine on the first one. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

  10. These are gorgeous - I am so amazed by all that navy embossing powder - it looks so perfectly stamped and melted - well done! And I love the rustic feel and pops of red from your MCV card - so glad you joined us this week, Kris!

  11. Two wonderfully festive and beautiful creations. The second is my favourite, love the pop of red against the kraft CS. Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Challenge & my apologies for stopping by so late to comment. Hugs Bev x


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