Thursday, May 24, 2018

Christmas Cardinal and Baubles

Hi there,

Today I'm back to share with you another May Reveal card, this time using the Cardinal and Holly Set 895 and an earlier month's Christmas Baubles Set 891.

So to begin with, using the Stamp Platform, I stamped the baubles from the Christmas Baubles Set 891 with Nuvo Clear Mark Ink and then heat embossed with Gold Detail on plaid designer paper.

The baubles were fussy cut with the 5" mini scissors and then I added more ink to the hook of the bauble with the Versamarker pen and applied and heat embossed more Gold Detail embossing powder.

The three ornaments were then covered with more Clear Mark embossing ink and then given an application of Clear Detail and then another application of Ultra Thick Detail to give them a nice glassy appearance.

The cardinal and holly was then stamped in Nuvo Clear Mark, was heat embossed with Black Detail and fussy cut with the 5" mini scissors.

The image was then colored using several Aquaflow Markers, by applying a little ink from each color, which had been dripped on an acrylic block, and picking it up with the Nuvo Aqua Brush to apply to the image.

Nuvo drops Autumn Red were applied to the berries and Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard were applied to the beak of the Cardinal.

The remainder of the berries were applied with Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents. A little Sakura Quickie Glue was added to the wings and breast of the Cardinal and then some Berry Red Flocking was added for texture.

Some red and green inks were added to each feather using the Nuvo Water brush and were set aside to dry.

The sentiment was stamped in Nuvo Clear Mark and heat embossed in Fire Cracker Red. I then took the little die from the inside of the Tonic Topnote Trellis Layering Die set and cut it out using my Tangerine Machine. It was too big for the sentiment so I reduced it!

I made the die shape smaller while still keeping the shape somewhat.

I edged the sentiment panel in Hybrid Safari Green before fussy cutting a little plaid border for the sentiment.

To put the card together I used negative pieces that I had cut out for previous projects using the Tonic Specialty Paper Ivory Bouquet - a frame piece (Tonic Topnote Trellis) and then the Sizzix Dotted Ovals die. The frame with the plaid background was layered to an olive green card base. The oval piece was attached with the feathers peeking out from behind. The Cardinal image with the baubles hanging from the branch were then attached with Craft Perfect Foam Pads.

The finishing touch was the Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold. A few at the bauble ends and around the sentiment and top left corner.

Here is a list of the products that I used on my project today, most of which you can find on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Website:

Christmas Baubles Set 891
Cardinal and Holly Set 895
Black Detail (EP171)
Firecracker Red (EP291)
Clear Detail (EP280)
Super Thick Clear (EP230)
Gold Detail (EP168)
Nuvo Clear Mark
Versamarker Pen
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen 
Berry Red (FL102)
Hybrid Ink: Safari Green
Nuvo Aquaflow Pens: Spiced Ginger,
Rustic Oak, Red Apple, Evergreen Fern
Nuvo Water Brush
Craft Perfect Specialty Paper Ivory Bouquet
Mini 5” Scissors
Stamp Platform
Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright GoldAutumn Red
Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard
Nuvo Glitter Accents Winter Cranberry
Tonic Topnote Trellis Layering Die Set
Craft Perfect Foam Pads
Sizzix Dotted Ovals Die
Plaid Designer Paper
Two White Feathers

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I'd love for you to leave me a comment here letting me know what you think of my card and then if you go over to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and leave a comment there also, it will put you in the running to be the winner of a $20 gift certificate to the store, where you could pick up some of those fun products that I used! The winner will be announced on the 3rd of June on the SNS Facebook and Blog. Good luck!

Today, I'd also like to play along in the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin' Christmas: May - Anything Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #166: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge #367: Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #90: Use a die that SL sells
Classic Design Team Open Challenge #25: Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #5: anything Goes

So that's all from me today. Thanks again for stopping by.




  1. This is so stunning, Shona!! I love how you stamped the baubles on the cardstock!! The feathers are such a beautiful touch!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. How pretty!
    Love the
    and inking.
    Carla from Utah

  3. So pretty. I love cardinals, they are the state bird of Ky, and other states as well. Those ornaments look great in plaid. Thanks for the directions, they are always so helpful.

  4. Such a lovely creation, Shona - I especially like the richness of your gold embossing on the traditional plaid! It's a genius design, and a fantastic combination of Christmas sets! Love it, right down to the shading in your berries! Hoping your visit with Mum and Dad is everything you all want! xx

  5. So very beautiful and I love the gold embossing you did on it. In my mind you can never go wrong with plaid and this is so true with this card you made. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Absolutely fabulous. Great work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


  7. OMGosh Shona what an amazing creation especially THAT tartan paper. So many gorgeous elements here. Simply beeeeeeeeautiful. Love it to bits.

  8. WOW! that is some awesome work, I love the embossing on the plaid, the colouring of the feathers - well! who'd have thought? Your cutting out of the image is fabulous, colouring fabulous, OK EVERYTHING is FABULOUS.

  9. Beautiful cardinal stamp. We don't have them here in Norway. There is a bird challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity if you are interested. Hugz

  10. Stunning ornaments and a perfect traditional holiday card. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  11. Oooh love the way you showed all the wonderful tips and tricks
    Dr Sonia

  12. Beautiful creation, lovely design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Scrapy Land! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  13. This lovely card is one of my favorites that you've done (think cardinal!) Love the contrast of that bold plaid color on the ornaments & background; and the way you've encased the scene into that wonderfully embossed pearly frame. The red holly berries show up so gleaming too. TFS & Hugs

  14. Lovely project. You did so well :)
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Ania DT

  15. Such a happy holiday card. Very well done, Shona! Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share in part of your day. I would love to hear what you think about my latest creation!