Happy Friday Morning! Today I am sharing a Christmas Card made with the Stampin’ Up! Toile Christmas cling stamp bundle along with the Merry Christmas to All photopolymer stamp set and Merry Christmas dies. Cardinals bring cheer during snowy winters and I’ve loved making cardinal Christmas cards through the years. This is the first cardinal that I’ve had that has a coordinating die, so I think it’s really special. You can find the supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.
I started by making a framed background using two of the papers in the Toile Tidings designer series paper and the stitched rectangles dies. I used the checked Real Red paper on the outside that I cut with the largest stitched rectangle die and the Real Red leaves and berries paper on the inside that was cut with the third largest die. I adhered both of these to a Very Vanilla panel that I cut out with the largest stitched rectangle die so that I would have a stronger background panel.
I die cut the Merry word from the Merry Christmas Dies and adhered it to the bottom of the framed panel with the fine tipped glue pen. I adhered the panel to the front of a Real Red card base with dimensionals. I stamped the Christmas greeting from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set in Real Red ink on a Very Vanilla scrap and cut it out with the long small stitched rectangle die. I used the two-step partial die cutting technique so that it would be cut close. I attached the word to the card under the Merry die cut.
I stamped the cardinal and long branch from the Stampin’ Up! Toile Christmas stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Very Vanilla card stock. I colored the cardinal with the Real Red and So Saffron Stampin’ Blends. I also used my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker to give the cardinal’s beak some shadow (I’m going to get the Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends next, so I can use this color next time). I colored the branch with the Soft Suede and Real Red Stampin’ Blends and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker (I hope they come out with Garden Green Stampin’ Blends soon). I cut the cardinal and branch out with the coordinating dies and popped them on the card front with dimensionals. I finished off the card front with three green glitter enamel dots.
On the inside of the card, I stamped the greeting from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set in Real Red ink on a panel of Very Vanilla. I added a strip of the checked Toile Tidings designer series paper to the bottom.
I think I’m getting spoiled because coloring is so easy with the Stampin’ Blends. I used to use my Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp pads with the Blender pen or Aqua Painters to get a blended look when coloring. That was more cost effective and the effect was also beautiful. I will do this with a project next week.
I hope you like cardinal cards at Christmas! I’ll be on the lookout for these pretty birds as I drive around this weekend. I hope you have a great one!
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Cardstock Cuts for this project:
- Real Red – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
- Very Vanilla – 4″ x 5 1/4″, 3 3/4″ x 5″, 1″ x 2 1/2″, 2 1/2″ x 5″, 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
- Toile Tidings DSP (checked) – 4″ x 5 1/4″, 1/2″ x 3 3/4″
- Toile Tidings DSP (leaves and berries) – 4 3/4″ x3 1/4″