I started out making this for the Inspiration Challenge on Saturday and couldn’t quite get a handle on the layout, but I loved this little red bird so I used him for my inspiration. Then Sunday’s Featured Stamper challenge came and I did a couple for it, but I also saw this Inspired in Colors Laurie made and loved her layout. I did change the images, colors and added a long sentiment panel on the side but kept her blocks of color w/ the stamping on them. Then today, the Technique Lover’s Challenge had a cute little matchbook candy holder and the instructions were easy enough that even I could follow them. So I added the little matchbook to my card and finally finished.
I’m using a new February set, Sing for Joy, from Our Daily Bread Designs. After stamping the cardinal a couple of times, I colored them in with Prismacolor pencils and used my Out of the Box Nestie Technique on one. On the second one, I cut him and the branch out and added him on top of the base image. A green circle mat was added underneath and I cut 5 ends only of the Spellbinders fancy tags out of dp and added them around the circle.
I cut 4 small rectangles out of 4 colors of c/s, stamped the pine cone branch and sponged around the edges. It’s attached to a sparkle lime green layer that has the sentiment and another pine cone bough stamped down the right side. A layer of dp, another lime layer and finally a burgundy layer finish it. I used leftover pieces to make my little matching matchbook and part of sentiment from another ODBD set, You Will Find Refuge. I couldn’t remember where I put my fancy colored staples, so I used some plain silver mini staples and colored them w/ a Sharpie.
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stamps: ODBD – Sing for Joy & You Will Find Refuge
paper: Neena white, sparkle lime green, garden green, pomegranate, burgundy, dp (Basic Grey Euphoria collection)
ink: Ancient Page coal, leaf, pine, bordeaux
accessories: Prismacolor pencils, foam tape, Spellbinders lg and small std circle sets, fancy tags set, mini stapler, pomegranate Sharpie