Saturday, December 14, 2013

More wintry trees

Last month I posted three cards featuring a stamped image of a cardinal sitting in a forest of trees. I love the image, so I decided to make two more Christmas card designs with that stamp.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Cardinal in Trees (Paper Source)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Whisper White craft
Accessories: Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit (for birch paper ribbon), Iridescent Ice embossing powder, 1/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals

I love the way these cards turned out; the photo doesn't do justice to the shimmer of the cardstock and the embossed trees. And the birch paper ribbon was the perfect background for this image. I do wish it were easier to see the cardinal in the trees, though. But since I was embossing the image, I thought it would be simpler to stamp the entire image in Whisper White craft ink rather than coloring the cardinal separately. Instead I added a touch of color by tying a piece of Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon around the bottom of the focal image, which is attached to the card base with Dimensionals.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Cardinal in Trees (Paper Source), Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, silver glimmer paper
Ink: Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Real Red, Illuminate
Accessories: Real Red satin ribbon, 3/4" circle punch, Dimensionals

For this card design I used the spotlight technique. First I stamped the entire image in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White cardstock. Then, after cleaning the stamp, I used markers to apply different colors of ink to part of the image. I stamped it on another piece of Whisper White cardstock and used a 3/4" circle punch to punch out the part of the image with the cardinal. I lined up the punched circle over the full image and adhered it with Dimensionals. Then I matted the focal image with a piece of silver glimmer paper and added a tab of Real Red satin ribbon. I used the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad and one of the splatter images from the Gorgeous Grunge set to add "snow" to the background and then adhered the panel to the card base with Dimensionals.

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