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.
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.
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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