Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CAS Cardinal Christmas

I smiled when I saw this weeks Merry Monday challenge, which is to create a Christmas card with a bird on it. I adore birds and spend enormous amounts of time in my backyard and other local spots to photograph them. Right now my backyard is full of little redpolls and even though they are little bullies I do enjoy watching them at my feeder!

I was so happy when SU came out with this set, A Cardinal Christmas. My grandma loved cardinals and I couldnt wait to make her a card with it. Unfortunately she passed before I could do that, so the Christmas following her passing I made a cardinal Christmas card for everyone in the family in honor of Grandma.

The sketch might look familiar, as I am once again playing along with the current Paper Players challenge. 

I pierced around the main image panel and also around the seniment panel. I was going to do some piercing and stitching around the outer edges but since I am going to make several of these cards I decided I was too lazy to do all that :) I used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details for the berries.

A common male redpoll grabbing a bite to eat from the feeding shelf below my dining room window:

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas
Paper: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Watercolor Paper, Deck the Halls DSP(retired)
Ink: Black StazOn, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials, Aquapainter, Blender Pen, Ticket Corner Punch, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, sponge


  1. What a wonderful picture of that redpoll! And your cardinal is beautiful! Love the paper behind it that stays quiet and lets the bird shine! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  2. Thanks for sharing the picture of the redpoll as I had never heard or seen it before. Quite an interesting bird. Your card is wonderful as is that cardinal image. Thanks for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

  3. Wonderful card Lisa, this cardinal is very nice. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  4. Beautiful card, Lisa! Love this bird image and unfortunately I never purchased this set. I have an older set that I use often. Anyways, this cardinal would be a wonderful tribute to your grandmother!!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

  5. Love this cardinal, I too am a big bird fan!! Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Merry Monday Challenge.

  6. You've done a wonderful coloring job on the cardinal and I love your paper selection...thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  7. Lisa, I was thrilled to see your redpoll! We have had them visit us for the first time and they are delightful! What a great inspiration for your card. Btw, I am in complete agreement with yon on this stamp set! Your cardinal is beautifully colored and your use of this set showcased the sketch fabulously! So glad you joined the Paper Players this week and that you were inspired to play twice.

  8. This is totally beautiful in it's simplicity - I just love it! The DSP is one I haven't seen before and your cardinal is coloured perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

  9. Classic and oh so fabby! Love your colouring here Lisa, it looks amazing. That set is one of my favs! Wish I had bought it! I always borrow it from a pal. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  10. I love this cardinal, you colored it so beautifully, and the background paper is just perfect. Thanks for sharing your project with The Paper Players, Lisa!

  11. So pretty! I love cardinals and I love looking at them at my feeder, especially against the white snow! Great Christmas card using the PP sketch, too! Thanks for playing with us this week!


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