Winter Cardinal #1 - Classic Christmas


I have been on a long time search for the "perfect" cardinal stamp set.  I've found some that I like, some that I thought were good enough but FINALLY, I have found it...Winter Cardinal by Altenew.  I sat at my computer the day it released and ordered it as soon as the release went live.  I didn't wait to see samples, I wasn't risking it selling out, I knew this set was the one!  My thoughts after stamping with it?   Winter Cardinal absolutely blows my mind and has far exceeded my expectations!  Once I started stamping with it the other day, I just couldn't stop.  I've made quite a few Christmas cards with it, in varying styles and I will spend the next few days sharing them with you!

For my first go with Winter Cardinal, I kept with a classic Christmas feel.  It took a few tries to get this one just right.  Initially I stamped the cardinal on the branch and then sponged but I was getting some ink smearing.  So I started over and sponged the edges first and then did my stamping, worked like a charm.  I used my MISTI to do the stamp layering, but it would have been easy to do without it!  When the card was finished I added some Glossy Accents to the berries for just a little extra interest for this CAS design.

I'll be back on Friday with another card featuring my new favorite stamp set!

Supplies:
Paper:  Whisper White (SU)
Ink:  Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories:  Rounded Rectangles Stitched Mats (Lil' Inker Designs)

8 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

So so GORGEOUS!!!!

Dixie Cochran said...

You are right! That is a perfect cardinal stamp, and you've showcased it beautifully.

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful!

PinkLadyCarol said...

Beautiful card!

Leslee said...

It is the perfect cardinal! Gorgeous!

ann greene said...

It's perfectly gorgeous. You've done it yet again. Love your work.

Carol Held said...

This is so pretty Maureen. The card is simply stunning.

jan metcalf said...

Beautiful card! I like the look of a journal card with the holiday images.

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