Stamp Focus: Winter Cardinal + 25 Days of Christmas Tags

by Sveta Fotinia

Hello dear readers! Sveta Fotinia is with you today and I prepared a portion of inspiration and ideas for our new Winter Cardinal stamp set.

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This set is brilliant: layered bird is the next must-have after layered flowers in my collection now. You have probably already saw how I used them creating background in our November release blog hop and now I will show you few more ideas!

I'm addicted to arts from childhood and always loved to watch how my sister made her watercolor paintings. So my first desire was to get a watercolor look for my cardinal. I stamped first base layer with grey and the second one with the same ink to get a light line for coloring. Then I used Akashia Sai watercolor brushes and water to paint details of my bird. I made eyes with Glossy Accents and covered bottom with Winks of  Stella. Then I made my watercolor background and used beautiful sentiment from this set.

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The second idea is to use unusual for winter cardinal bird colors and create something summer, tropical and shiny! At this moment in my mind appeared a thought that mixing basic colors is a perfect for our Crisp Inks! Mixing yellow and blue I will get green and mixing blue with red I will get purple! I stamped my layers using following colors of Crisp inks: Mango Smothie, Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Ruby Red. As for me now cardinal looks like a parrot, what do you think? :) For my background I used almost black&white colors with Wild Hibiscus stamp set . Sentiment is from Sketchy Cities America 2 stamp set.

One bird is good, but two is much better! Moreover if this two are in love! When I decided to browse through the web and check how do cardinals look like in a real life I discovered that classic red feathering is for boys and girls are kind of green and grey! I've used mirror stamping technique to create a couple for my gorgeous man) And she turned so pretty that HE proposed her!!!! Congrats to a lovely new couple!

Inks colors for him: grey, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Jet Black.

Inks colors for her: grey, Forest Glades, EvergreenJet Black.

Sentiment, ring and hearts are from Figure effects stamp set.

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I can't stop use this stamp set and also will show you one more idea for a tag!

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Altenew is taking a part in Tracey's McNeely 25 days of Christmas tag Marathon today and our designers created a bunch of  amazing tags that you should definitely check in Tracey's blog. Yay!

So here is my tag using Winter Cardinal stamp set without cardinal bird itself:

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I blended a few of our Blue range Crisp Inks finishing with Jet Black to create a sky above, bunches with some berries and sentiments from Halftone Holidays stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed my ideas for Winter Cardinal stamp set and it will become one of your faves!

Have a great day!


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Carolyn L November 18, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Waiting to receive this great stamp. Thanks for your inspiration and illustration of how versatile Winter Cardinal can be!

Beth Holt November 18, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Love these examples! I love cardinals! The example by Sveta is so beautiful. I would never think of using the different colors for the bird. The design team for Altenew is so inspiring!

Janet November 18, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Beautiful. This bird image(s) are magnificent and just love the colours you chose :-)

Berina Febin November 18, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Beautiful cards and tags!! Cardinals are one of my favorite birds!!

Harriet November 18, 2015 - 10:57 AM

This cardinal stamp is sooo wonderful, the words are exceptional….thank you Altenew.

conil November 18, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Oh dear, Sveta…such a array of loveliness. Each one of your birds is gorgeous against those beautiful backgrounds. And your tag is truly lovely.

Christine Smith November 18, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Your winter Cardinal cards are beautiful! Such a fab stamp set. Love the tag too! xxx

Helen November 18, 2015 - 2:13 PM

So cool to see these Cardinals done and colors other than red! It really does look like you’ve created a parrot! Great cards!

Betty November 18, 2015 - 2:38 PM

your cards are all wonderful – and your cardinal couple is so cute – glad they got together!!

Marji Franklin November 18, 2015 - 5:47 PM

I love this set! The projects are gorgeous!

Troy Louise November 18, 2015 - 7:12 PM

Everything is so beautiful! Love those birds – the second card’s colors are amazing. The tag is magnifique! Thanks.

Shanti (maisecatx) November 19, 2015 - 2:24 AM

These stamp sets are truly lovely and I love the samples. The cardinal is especially wonderful

Shari November 19, 2015 - 2:59 AM

Such gorgeous cards and tag. I love this stamp set. ♥

TracyM #6773 November 19, 2015 - 6:09 AM

DELIGHTFUL cardinal cards and ELEGANT tag – SO MUCH to LOVE!!!
This is a BEAUTIFUL stamp set, LOVE the sentiments and multi layer cardinal.
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION with this set Sveta!!!
Sending a BIG THANK YOU to Altenew for being a sponsor of Tracey’s AWESOME EVENT and to the DT for sharing their tags :)

Kelli G November 20, 2015 - 12:35 AM

I love this stamp for Christmas crafts!


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