Joyful Season: Gotta Love A Cardinal

Joyful Season: great cardinal Christmas stamp set, card by LovenStamps, supplies Stampin Up

Okay – I suppose if you’re a Cubs fan (or a Royals fan) then you don’t have to love a cardinal.  But around here we’re a pretty even split of Cardinals and Cubs fans, so this card goes over well about half the time :).  And if you’re not a baseball follower, then don’t worry about it and stamp whatever you want on your Christmas cards!

This color combo of Cherry Cobbler and gold is gorgeous.  And the texture of the cardinal and ‘joyful’ stamp from Joyful Season adds some great shading to the images.

This was one of the cards from my October Christmas Card Class, but it’s not too late to register for the November 5 or November 9 class if you’re here in central Illinois!

Want to make your own cardinal Christmas cards at home?  This one is a pretty simple card to create.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Cut Cherry Cobbler card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (half sheet).  Cut Whisper White card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″ (two pieces for each card – one for the front and one for the center).
  2. Start stamping with the “joyful” at the bottom so that the images will all fit on the card front as you move from bottom to top. 
  3. Wrap two strips of Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape around the side of the card and top off the glitz with a star punched from Gold Glimmer Paper.

That’s it!  Easy as 1-2-3.  A couple tips from my class though – be sure to ink GENTLY when you press the stamp into the ink pad.  Remember that Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous foam ink pads release ink very smoothly – no need to smash or smoosh the stamp into the pad.

And lining up the bird outline and inside images is a snap with photopolymer stamps.  Just remember to place a firm foam pad like the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or the Stampin’ Up! catalog under your stamping surface to allow for good ink transfer from the stamp surface to your card stock.

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