Monday, March 10, 2014

Winter Cardinal

 A Winter's Cardinal from Sparkle N Sprinkle is one of the five new rubber stamp sets debuting this month.

I started out by coloring him with Copic markers and then using the Nesting Scallop Oval by Lifestyle Crafts.  The background is chalked in for a soft looking sky.  A VersaMarker ink pen was used to apply ink to the pine needles, which were then heat embossed with Pine embossing powder.

This cute file folder was created using the WR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board.  You can view a You Tube video here, although a friend talked me through how to make one.  I used the Distress Embossing Technique on the edges of the file folder and the edges of the card base by applying VersaMark and Gold Tinsel embossing powder.

I wanted to place my sentiment on the inside of the file folder, but thought it was a bit plain.  So, I stamped the new Crystal Medallion into the center with Memento Danube Blue ink and then stamped the sentiment on top of this with VersaMark and heat set it with White Detail embossing powder.

A bit of twine and a pine cone shaped button are the finishing touches to this beautiful cardinal.  You can also visit my SNS Art Gallery page for more detailed instructions.


McCrafty's Cards said...

I love this design Anne, I like everything about this card.
Kevin xx

Donna Ellis said...

Good Morning, Anne! Such a rich design, and beautiful details - love that gold distressing. The sentiment is perfect stamped over the medallion. While the cardinal is really fabulous - wonderfully colored - what I am most in awe over is that you achieved the color in the pine needles! You got that marker PERFECTLY inside each needle, and then achieved that glistening look pine needles are so famous for, with embossing powder! Wow! Double wow! LOL Seriously, a wonderful card with so many amazing tips included. Thank you for educating me! hugs, de

Gerlinde said...

Just gorgeous! Absolutely love it!

Lori Kobular said...

Love that cardinal!! You did a wonderful job coloring him!!

rachel said...

that cardinal looks fabulous Anne - gorgeous card xx

jimlynn said...

Cute idea to use the file folder on a card! Love that beautiful cardinal and your coloring is so pretty. The pine cone button is wonderful.

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Anne!! The cardinal is so beautiful!! I love the design of the card!! So, so fabulous!! Have a great day :)

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Linda Simpson said...

Love the design of your card Anne! The cardinal is beautifully coloured love the rich vibrant colours.
Linda xxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the color of the cardinal, and your pine needles too! That file folder is a great idea and to use the medallion behind your sentiment - genius!

Tammy said...

Beautiful, beautiful card! Love how you edged the folder in gold and of course, your perfect coloring of the cardinal!

Shirley said...

Wow, Ann, I really like how you did your fold for your really pretty Cardinal and the embossed edges are really wonderful too! A really pretty card!!

Brenda said...

love the file folder used as a card on the card! clever and a beautiful card to boot

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

What a beautiful card !!! The way you used the gold is stunning !! Hope you have a wonderful day !


Lena's Creations said...

I love the card design, the folder cut really makes it special. The cardinal is beautiful. I love your colouring!
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Ellen Taylor said...

How genius to use a file folder on a card front!! Beautiful papers, coloring and fantastic design!

Eret said...

Where do you get all those fantastic ideas, Anne? Love this file folder idea and all the golden distressing. Your cardinal is so beautifully colored and those pine branches are amazing! Stunning card, Anne!