Nov 25, 2020

Winter Cardinal


Cardinals are the heralds of the Christmas season.

Hi everyone and welcome!  Monica of HeartcraftPaper and this season I'm sharing with you a wonderful watercolor card with you.  Most usually I use stamps for my watercoloring, but today I decided to use an embossing folder to create the image that I would be using to color in.  During the Dies R Us European sale, I found a beautiful embossing folder of a lovely bird on a branch and that just so happens to be what it's called too.  


Bird On Branch Embossing Folder
Snow Embossing Folder
​Never Ending Oval Dies
White Gelly Roll Pen
White Cardstock
​Red Glitter Cardstock


To begin, die cut the red glitter paper using the oval die that will fit on an A2 card size.  Use the second nesting die down to cut out an oval out of Canson watercolor paper.  Using the Bird On Branch embossing folder, pass the watercolor paper through your die cutting machine.  You will see that with watercolor paper the embossing to me seems more pronounced. 

Using any watercolors you may have, add color to the back ground first. Next you will work the branches and then the bird.  Remember to allow for drying time between applications of color so that the color does not spread and bleed.  Once you have finished painting in your image and it's all dry, use a white Gelly pen to add some snow to the branches and specks floating around in the air. 

Trim down a piece of white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" and using the snow embossing folder, pass this through your die cutting machine.  Add a stretch of ribbon to the left side of the card adhering it down with double sided tape.  Then using another piece of ribbon tie a simple not on the front upper left side.  **Tip**  Using this method will allow you to slide the bow up or down to adjust to your image piece.   Adhere this piece down onto the front of the A2 card base. 

With the card base ready, prepare the image by layering it on top of the red glitter paper with liquid glue.  Then adhere the hole thing down onto the card base.  If you need to you can slide the not up a little to make space for the image. 

The final touch is this beautiful holly and berry piece.  I used a piece of foam tape to secure this embellishment to the bottom lower right corner of the card.  and now your done.  

Now your done!  this is what the final piece will look like.   This was  fairly simple card to make with only a few steps to for such a beautiful card.  There truly is beauty in simplicity.


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XOXO - HeartcraftPaper

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