22 Sep 2008

Layered Christmas Cardinal

I have a passion for Cardinals. When we lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, we had two pair of Cardinals at our feeders all winter. Then in the spring the male would sit at the top of the fir tree at the bottom of our property and sing me awake every morning. (I know - he wasn't really doing it for me). So now that we have moved we haven't seen a cardinal at our feeders for six years and I really miss them.

I cased this card from a demo who goes by 'sleepyinseattle', and I love the layering. I chose to colour a male cardinal and tried to make it look like a real one (they almost glow in the sunlight). The cardstock is Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The designer paper is Holiday Treasure, I used my Stampin' Up! markers in Real Red, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, and Creamy Caramel. I overlaid the cardinal's breast with Summer Sun hoping that it would give it some more 'glow'. The snowflake is from our holiday mini catalogue, and I used Garden Green pastel sponged around the cardinal.

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