Night Time Christmas Cardinal – Tutorial #270


Here in Ohio we have lots of Cardinals.  It is our state bird, by the way.  I love hearing their cheerful chirp and seeing their bright red feathers when they visit my bird feeders.  Especially love seeing them in the winter when the ground is covered in snow. 

Our temperatures this week are not suppose to get out of the forties.  That is a bit chilly for October here.  So once again my mind is thinking Winter.  That is not all bad, I am getting a head start on my Christmas cards.  Maybe I will get some sent this year.  🙂  Last year I did not even get my Christmas cards made.  You would think with as many cards that I make that would not be a problem. . . . . . where does the time go.  If I could just do without sleep entirely. .. . . . . . . .maybe, just maybe, lol.

Let’s get started.


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! A Cardinal Christmas & Serene Snowflakes
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Bashful Blue & Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Not Quite Navy & Night of Navy
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Markers Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard & Close to Cocoa, Red Ribbon, Versamark marker & Pad, Clear embossing powder, heat gun, brayer, post it note, sponge

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On a 3.5″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock stamped the snowflakes from the Stampin’ Up set Serene Snowflakes with Versamark only.   Heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Stamped the Cardinal from the Stampin’ Up set A Christmas Cardinal by first loading the stamp with Versamark and then with Basic Black ink before stamping it.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Colored the leaves in with an Old Olive marker in the light areas and Always Artichoke in the dark areas.


Colored the Cardinals beak with a More Mustard marker.  Also colored his chest and head with the More Mustard marker.  I wanted the More Mustard under the red I will put on next to warm the red up a bit.


Colored over the bird with the a Real Red marker.


Colored over the Cardinal’s back and tail with a Bravo Burgundy marker.


Now keep in mind that you will need to wipe ink off of your embossed images through out this project.  I use an old cotton towel.


It is hard to see in this photo, but I colored in the stems with a Close to Cocoa marker, his feet with the More Mustard marker and the Berries with the Bravo Burgundy marker.


Colored over the image, staying within the embossed lines with a Versamark marker.  Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Now that my image is completely embossed I can put in my back ground and the embossing with resist the ink.

Brayered Not Quite Navy ink from the top of the card stock to the bottom.

We can see the snowflakes now that I stamped in step one.


Brayered Night of Navy at the top of the card stock.


Tore a Post It Note and sponged Night of Navy at the post it note edge to create a hill shape.


Moved the post it note and repeated the last step to create a second hill.


Stamped the Leaf Shadow stamp from the Stampin’ Up set A Cardinal Christmas a few times using Not Quite Navy ink.


Remember, I am wiping the ink off of my embossed images each step.

Sponged Night of Navy ink around the edge of the card stock and over the stamped leaf shadows to darken the left side of the panel.


Added White Gel pen to the branch and leaves to look like snow.


Lastly, I heated my embossed images to make them shiny again.  They get dual when you wipe them off a few times.  Heating them brings back that shine.


Sponged Not Quite Navy around the edges of a Bashful Blue card stock panel.


Assembled my card and added some red ribbon.  I kept this card layout very simple so the main image panel would be the focus.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Do you believe this is number 270!

May your day be filled with warmth and love.

Until my next post. . . .  . . . .

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16 responses to “Night Time Christmas Cardinal – Tutorial #270

  1. Lovely. Makes me want some snow this year — just NO ICE! LOL!

  2. I love the way the ribbon picks up on the colour of the cardinal. It’s such a small thing but it adds so much. It’s a true touch of genius.

  3. Another STUUNING card, the cardinal is BEAUTIFUL! hugs…

  4. We have Cardinals here too and yes, they are beautiful. In the winter they look like ornaments in the trees. Our weather is in the 90s today but we are expecting a cold front tomorrow around the early afternoon. In Texas we’re such sissies when it comes to the cold that I bet 90% of the folks here will have on their heaviest winter coats! I think we’re supposed to get down to the low 50s. Ya’ll probably think that’s shorts weather! Michelle, it is such a thrill each time you post a new creation. Thank you for keeping them coming! This one was especially beautiful!

  5. Beautiful! You really captured winter..brrrr! Love the depth of this pretty scene!

  6. I just wanted you to know that I absolutely love your work, I look forward to seeing each and every project and tutorial that you do, just amazing is all I can say. I have not been able to play in my craft room for quite some time now due to bad health but am on my way back into the well world again, Thanks all be to the Good Lord. I am inspired and have played around with following your tutorials, one of these days I might be as good “might”, please keep those tutorials coming, its like reading the morning paper and having that 1st cup of coffee, justs makes my day..Thank you My blog has not had a card posted in quite some time but hope to get my mojo back very soon God Bless and have a wonderful inspired week

  7. Pretty!

  8. Beautiful – I love cardinals! You do an awesome job.

  9. Genevieve Valdes

    I love cardinals. Thank you for another great tutorial. You’re so talented.

  10. LOL! I make all of my cards including Christmas and I send out about 70 Christmas cards each year. I have to start early also or I would not get them done either! Right now I have my inital design done and most of the paper cut. Each night when I get home I try do do something in the process. My goal is to have all of them finished by Thanksgiving. Good luck with yours!

  11. What a beautiful night scene Michelle. I love the cardinal and the snowflakes…how serene!

  12. Oh, I LOVE IT!!!!

  13. this is just jaw dropping gorgeous-love all your work

  14. Beautiful. Makes me think of my Mom; she would have loved this card, too. so peaceful. thanks for the nice memory 🙂 btw, I can empathize on sleep; with a 3-, 5-, and 7- year old, the only time I can get anything done is late night.

    have a great weekend, a peaceful as this card 🙂

  15. I love this card and would love to case it. One question though, one of your steps, is to versamark the stamp and black ink it before stamping. That techinque does not ruin the ink pad. I have never done this before, so wondered