This card features the Stampin’Up set called A Cardinal Christmas. The first thing I did was cut out an oval with the Sizzix Scallop Oval Die by running it through my Big Shot Machine. Then I set the scalloped part aside and stamped the cardinal onto the oval using Basic Black ink. I love how easy it is to color this cardinal . . . in this case I just brushed on some red ink with my Aqua-Painter that I picked up from the lid of my Real Red stamp pad. I swirled a little Pumpkin Pie into my red for the beak and the the feet and the birdie was done. A little Close to Cocoa and Garden Green for the branch and there you have it . . . a beautifully colored image all ready for your Christmas card.

The base of my card is from Real Red card stock. I ran a 4″x4″ piece of Basic Gray card stock through my Big Shot Machine using the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder. I layered some ribbon and secured it to the back of my texturized panel. I added a ribbon flag to my image panel and secured it with a staple. Just seemed to work with the overall flow of this card if you know what I mean. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Black onto a piece of scrap white paper and punched out with the Modern Label punch. Then I used the coordinating die from the Magnetic Movers and Shapers Punch Windows set to get the Real Red background layer for my punched sentiment.
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My sentiment is actually glued to my image panel and then the whole piece is popped up with dimensionals. At that point, I sat back and looked at my card and decided it just didn’t have enough “umph.” So, I drummed my fingers, I fitzed and fiddled and finally noticed the scallop edge to my oval that I had laying off to the side on my desk. Hmmm . . . I wonder . . . and YES – a portion of the scallop oval was just what this card needed to take it to the next level! I just glued it onto my card underneath my image and sentiment panel. Just like magic . . . that small bit of scallop made this card complete.
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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today. I truly appreciate you and the time you take to drop in for a look. If you would like to create this card, here are the supplies you will need:


Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas (111760)
Paper: Red Red (102482), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Real Red (103133), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Garden Green (102272), Close to Cocoa (103139)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Scallop Oval Frame (114521), Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (116824), Magnetic Movers & Shapers Punch Windows (115953), Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Modern Label Punch (116630), Aqua Painter (103954), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Accessories: 5/8″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (109052), Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Misc: Stapler
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