Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Beautiful Red Cardinal for a Toile Christmas

A couple of notes before I start today. First, the second blog hop I am a part of was delayed until next Tuesday night, so it is happening, just not when I originally thought it would. Second, I apologize if I go overboard on the Christmas cards this next couple of weeks. I have a Christmas Buffet class coming up for which I need 8 samples for that class, and as we are going to be away all next week, I am preparing them now. A card in the hand is worth a card on a blog post for most stamping bloggers, I'm sure, so you will be seeing a sleigh full of them! Brace yourself!

Today's sample is one for the Buffet class. It looks imposing, but it's quite simple to make! In other words, the perfect card for a Buffet class where I can't give a lot of instruction. Here's a close up:

*New Products from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue, not available for sale until Sept. 4, 2019.

  • I've always loved cardinals on Christmas cards. They are a holiday icon for me with their bright red plumage and feathered crest! That's why I got the *Toile Christmas stamp set in my pre-order. I didn't want my customer's to have to colour the bird in, so I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Real Red cardstock and die cut it using the *Christmas Cardinal Dies.
  • For the same reason, I stamped the branch on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, also in the Memento ink, and then I only had to colour in a few leaves and berries, which I did with Real Red Stampin' Blends Combo and Granny Apple Green Combo. With the darker Crumb Cake cardstock, the green actually approaches Garden Green in hue.
  • The background paper is from the *Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper and the center is Very Vanilla cardstock, die cut with one of the Rectangle Stitched Dies. 
  • The sentiment is one of a few very lovely ones from the stamp set and it's stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and again, die cut with one of the dies from the *Christmas Cardinal Dies. 
  • Everything is glued down except the cardinal and the sentiment, which are popped up on dimensionals.
*New Products from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue, not available for sale until Sept. 4, 2019.

The September Paper Pumpkin kit will help you get a ghouli hand on Halloween Treat boxes! It will be a great one to share with your kids or grandkids, or just to hand out to the Trick or Treaters who come around your neighbourhood. But you have to subscribe by Sept. 10th. You can subscribe if you click:  HERE.      


Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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  1. I love cardinals, too, especially for Christmas. This is a beautiful card and I think that stamping him on red CS was a stroke of genius on your part.

  2. Thanks, Eunice! It does save colouring time!


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