Winter Cardinals

Hello and thanks for visiting today. Today's card was created with a certain blogger in mind, and I hope she'll enjoy these pretty cardinals. She's had a bad fall, is recovering, and I hope these bright birdies will bring a bit of cheer.

- Sweet Stamps Cardinal Pair stamped on Xpress paper, colored with Copics, with a little Spica pen added for some glitter on the pine needles. Sakura Clear Star on the ornament. Airbrushed BG0000 background.

- S/Binder Adorning Square die cut, smudged with DI Iced Spruce around edges of the die.
Red matting made by tracing outer edge of the die on a sprayed Dylusions background.

- Card base Dylusions background created using Postbox Red, London Blue, Cut Grass, Tattered Angels Moonbeam and a gold spray. I spray the Dylusions, let the colors marble, then add some glitter spray. I have found it works better for me, if I tilt the Canson #90 water color cardstock, let the colors run to marble. While drying, I spray some glitter sprays, let the drying continue. I've used a heat tool to dry, but I like the effects better with the natural drying.

- edged the clear sentiment (snippet) with the Iced Spruce while still in the die, added some red rhinestones, the red gauze bow, a pearl, and it's done.

DH just informed me that this looks like a Christmas card. I was so focused on the cardinals, I forgot about the ornament! We're still gonna call this a Winter card!!! Give yourself a big hug from me!


  1. It's a beautiful winter card! Mary, your coloring on this is outstanding - WOW! I love the airbrushed background and also the other background. Lovely card for winter or Christmas and know that she's going to love it too.

  2. Beautiful card Mary. I love the Cardinals. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  3. Gorgeous, Mary. I love that image with the birds and ornament. And, as usual, you did a fine job with the sprays and it has made this image pop. It's a wonderful, wintry creation.

  4. Hi Mary oh wow this is so pretty! I love your colouring with your copics you are very talented and what a lovely idea for your friend I hope she/he gets better soon :)

    Vic x

  5. What a stunning card Mary the colours are so vibrant! love it huggles Sue xxx

  6. This card is gorgeous she will love it! I love that airbrushed the background. I must try that one day. The glitter on the pine needles is a nice touch. Cardinals are one of my favourite birds. They are really lovely! Hope that your day is going well. Its rainy here but Iam warm and cozy in my craft room with my wee dogs and coffee.

  7. Hi Mary. Your image is gorgeous ... and your coloring amazing (as always). Love the sweet birds framed in the pretty shape ... and the sheer bow to fancy it up even more. I'm sure this will brighten your friend's day. Loll xx

  8. Oh what a fabulous image, love those birds and a great layout and the multi coloured paper.

    Kath x

  9. Hi Mary, the image is beautiful and so is your card. It would make a great Christmas card with the ornament and bright reds, but works as a winter design too! Cheers, Shirleyx

  10. Just beautiful Mary. Love the coloring you did here. #1

  11. Christmas or not - this is just gorgeous! Your coloring is exceptionally done, and those birds look so lifelike! Your friend will surely love this!!

  12. Gorgeous Mary! Love those little birds-they are fabulous and really stand out on this fabby layout.
    Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave me on my little Blog-I do appreciate them :) and I LOVE to make flower cards-and butterfly cards,in fact I could spend my whole life just making butterfly and flower cards LOL!!
    Have a lovely day,Hugs.Nessa xx

  13. wow, wow, wow!! This card is gorgeous Momma Mary!! I love that stamp, so pretty and realistic are those cardinals and of course you have them colored so perfectly!! Love the background with your sprays, you are really good with them sprays!! And then there is your airbrushing, oh my so pretty is that "sky"! Love that ribbon and little pearl too! I think it makes a wonderful winter card! I hope your friend didn't hurt herself/himself when she/he fell and if she/he did I hope that she/he can recover quickly! I'm sure that this card will cheer them in spirit and that will promote quicker healing! Hugs!

  14. Hi Mary,
    such a really beautiful card. I bet this will cheer her up no end. Love your background card You are very clever with that. this is a super image so perfectly coloured.
    Lots of love. Jenny l.

  15. No one does a cardinal card as well as you do, Mary! I'm sure our friend will love this TOY winter card! Hugs, Darnell

  16. Wow, Mary, I'm amazed! I thought this was a precolored picture. You sure don't need to use those when you can color like this! What a beautiful card! It's among my favorites of your cards!

  17. These cardinals are so pretty. They are such beautiful birds and your colouring is perfect! You have captured that majestic look they have!


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