September 25, 2010

Cardinal Christmas - Card Patterns#83

I just love Sketch Challenges as a jumping point, and when I saw the Card Patterns Sketch for today, I couldn't wait to create!  I love this sketch will be incorporating it again in my card making.  With the holiday season quickly approaching, and a need to get going on my Christmas cards, I reached for some beautiful holiday images from Heartfelt Creations.

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The Olive panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder, brushed with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and layered on the Black panel, then Red base card. I just love the new Jovial Basic Grey papers and incorporated them into this card, not only the panel strip, but also in the Circle under the Cardinal.  After cutting the circle from the pattern paper, I added the Pine Branch from Heartfelt Creations Holly Berry Filler Set, using markers to add color to the image, then stamping.  I used a SAMJ to find proper placement of the Pine Cone/Pine Leaves, again coloring the stamp with markers.  The edges are sponged lightly with Pumice Stone, and a bit of White Gel pen added for highlights. 

The Cardinal is from the Heartfelt Creations Cardinal Family set, stamped in Black on Red card stock, then cut with the Cardinal Family Dies. I just LOVE these die cuts, it makes cutting your images a breeze. I did use an Xacto knife to cut the branch from under the feet, as I wanted to put it on the stamped branch.  I added a bit of Spica Pen in Yellow to the nose, and colored the feet in brown, then placed it over the branch using dimensionals.

The beautiful loop edging is from the Decorative Butterfly Border Die, isn't this pretty!  The other side that you can't see is a scallop - such a versatile die!  I added some Recollection Gems around the circle, and accented the Jovial paper with a few, added the lovely Red Satin Ribbon tied with the Bow Easy, and finished off with a light misting of Pearl Glimmer Mist.

My card also fits the Wing It Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs.
Details:
Stamps - Heartfelt Creations Holly Berry Filler; Cardinal Family
Card Stock - Olive, Red, Black
Ink - Black Archival, Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Markers, Caramel
Other - Big Shot, Cuttlebug Snowflake Folder, Ink Blending Tool, Gems, H20 Brush, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Red Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Bow Easy, Heartfelt Creations Decorative Butterfly/Border Die and Cardinal Family Die, Spellbinders Circle Die, Basic Grey Jovial, Glimmer Mist, SAMJ

18 comments :

Terry said...

Lisa, this Cardinal is just gorgeous! Love the embossed background and yes, those papers are wonderful! You did an awesome job with this set! Now I need the Cardinal! Enjoy!!!

Arlene said...

The cardinal is just amazing. Beautiful colors and papers.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

This is beautiful! I love the cardinal for Christmas:) BEAUTIFUL!!

Erin Smetak said...

How beautiful!!!! That cardinal is SO awesome!!!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love how you interpreted the sketch. Beautiful image and papers!

Linda Beeson said...

I am amazed at how many really amazing details you were able to include on one card! LOVE that red cardinal, the greens and the use of the sketch.

Tammy said...

This cardinal is so beautiful! Your bow is amazing! Wowzers!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

What a beauty! Loving the cardinal die! Lovely job.....

Basement Stamper said...

The cardinal is beautiful on the pine needles and all the glitter!

SmilynStef said...

I'm always on the lookout for great Cardinal images ... and you really made this one sing ... gorgeous.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Wow Lisa, this is beautiful, stunning! I luv that little strip of edging,I went and checked that out, cool bundle of dies and beautiful samples to go with it...hmmmmm you are such a bad dbad girl, Ms. En-abler!

Linda Carson said...

Gorgeous artwork Lisa!

HappyCrafter said...

Great job, this came out so pretty! Really like the big feature bow and the gems on the edge of the circle.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is stunning Lisa!! I so love the cardinal and your layout!! Thanks for joining the ODDB Shining the Light Wing it challenge this week. Your creation is perfect!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

WOW, Lisa, this is gorgeous!!!Thanks so much for taking the time to play along in this weeks Shining the Light Challenge over at ODBD! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

BarbaraW said...

Beautiful image and the background embossing and DP with the bling around the bird is fantastic.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the bling and the sparkle! The cardinal is just FABULOUS!

Heather Jensen said...

Absolutely stunning Lisa! I love the sparkly Cardinal. I love having a sketch to work from as well. Thanks for playing this week at Card Patterns. :)

 
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