Perched in a Tree – Merry & Bright

Happy Tuesday!  Time again, for the Design Challenges: Cardz 4 Guyz (#310) and Hand Stamped Sentiments (#403).

I decided to combine them with the sketch from Paper Players (#619) and another combination of the colors from the Color Dare (#523) Tic Tac Toe board.

Here is the result: 



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Background Panel: (5⅜” x 4⅛”) Crumb Cake cardstock.
    • The sentiment, Merry & Bright, from the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set was stamped with Real Red ink.
    • The panel was then dry-embossed with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Accent Mat: (4⅛” x 2⅝”) Real Red cardstock.
  • Under Rectangle: (4” x 2½”) Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • Overlay Rectangle: (4” x 2½”) Pine Tree Branch patterned piece of Vellum from the retired Winter Wonderland Specialty Vellum Paper pack.
  • Focal Image – Birds: Shimmery White cardstock.
    • The Bird image from the Perched in a Tree stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Silicone Craft Sheet.
    • The Shimmery White cardstock was pressed onto the image transferring the “mirror” reflection of the Bird.
    • The Bird image was also then stamped onto the Shimmery White cardstock, without re-inking the stamp, for a 2nd Generation (stamped off) image.
    • Once the inked images were good and dry, the Birds were water colored with Real Red and Crumb Cake inks using the Water Painter Brush.
    • Additional highlights/shadows were added with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend Marker.
    • When completely dry, the Birds were fussy cut with Paper Snips.

All elements were adhered to the card front to match the sketch.  The Birds were popped-up with Dimensionals. 

Red-Breasted Holiday Birds perched in the Tree.  Makes a nice holiday card for a guy or indeed anyone.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  Cheers,  Jolanda.

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

9 thoughts on “Perched in a Tree – Merry & Bright

  1. Fantastic coloring of these to merry and bright birdies!! I love the textured background too!! A great card to inspired others who decide to play along with our new “birdie” challenge that began today over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! #C4G310

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  2. Oh my, love these birds and they are adorable and so perfect with the background paper you used. Beautifully water colored and nice combination of challenges to share this pretty card. Thanks for again sharing with at Color Dare.

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