Beauty of the Season for The Paper Players…

Beauty of the Season stamp set begged me to use it for The Paper Players color challenge #221.  Cardinals are one of my most favorite birds.  There is nothing more vibrant that the red color of the male Cardinal.  When I purchased my first home in Sept of 1986, one of my first outside purchases was a large bird feeder.  I saw chickadees, titmice, doves and finches during that Autumn but no cardinals. It was on Christmas Day morning that I saw my first cardinal in the back yard.  It became my Christmas bird.

My stamp set inventory contains several older images that feature the Cardinal that I liked much better than this one.  I am not sure why this bird did not appeal to me in the beginning, but I am in love with him now.  And though I did not use the sentiments from this stamp set on today’s card, they make this set a lifetime keeper for me.

My challenge card… Beauty of the Season, Mingle all the Way, Cardinal

The stamp was inked with Memento tuxedo black and applied to Naturals Ivory cardstock. I used the assortment of Cherry Cobbler blendability markers to provide the vibrant color that this bird requires as well as the berries.  The branch limbs were colored with a combination of Crumb Cake stampin’ write marker as well as the light Crumb Cake blendability marker.  Also used the Dark Smoky Slate blendability marker on the Cardinal face. And, did you know that a Cardinal’s beak is red?  All this time I have been using yellow for the beak.  The photo does not distinguish his eye from the rest of the black area, but he has a good eye…. trust me, LOL!

Additional pictures…

Products used for this card include Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper (a fantastic cardstock weight!), Mossy Meadow cardstock, Scallops textured impressions embossing folder from this past Occasions mini catalog, 1-1/4″ Burlap ribbon, Gold Metallic baker’s twine, Gold Sequin Trim, Mingle all the Way stamp set, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, gold washi tape and Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin ribbon.  I really like attaching the tag inside the card with washi tape.  Since it is removable without leaving a sticky mess, the card recipient can reuse the sentiment as a tag.  Cool, huh!

Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.  In the meanwhile…

Have fun stamping,


2 thoughts on “Beauty of the Season for The Paper Players…

  1. Claire Broadwater

    Katy, your card is just gorgeous! I love the stamped image, but the burlap, twine and sequins together are fabulous! Such a great idea to add the tag inside! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

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