Stampin’ Up! Joyful Season Cardinal Welcomes Fall!

Well, it’s Sunday.  And we’re on the way north to Athens to watch Chris get his white coat!  And I’m blogging for Monday cause I figure we’ll be gone all day. In fact, I’m chatting with Chris’ parents, in the car, and blogging at the same time!  I’m a multi-tasker that way! It’s just how I roll.

Just to be clear – I am NOT driving! 😉

I got up early and made this card using two new products from the Holiday Catalog – going LIVE in just 15 days!  I used the new stamp set called Joyful Season and one of the wondrous new Textured Embossing Folders – Woodland.  This one is truly one of my favorite new things – looks just like an aspen grove in the mountains of Colorado!  I combined them to welcome Fall.  Take a look-see:

Hello Fall Cardinal Outside 1 watermarked

I started with two identically-sized panels of Whisper White Thick card stock.  For the top one, I first cut out the round window, using the 5th-from-the-center die in my Circles Collection Framelits.  Then I ran it back thru the Big Shot in the Woodland TIEF.  To bring out the texture of the aspen trees, I used a Crumb Cake-inked Sponge Dauber ever-so-lightly, just on the trucks and branches.  I stayed away from the background as best I could.

I made the fall leaves using the leaf shape in the new Into The Woods Elements (avail 1 Sept).  I used a tiny dab of Multi-purpose Liquid Glue on the back of the leaf, and picked it up with a clear acrylic handle.  Then I inked it up with my Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad, stamped it off once on scrap paper, and then stamped the embossed panel.  I did that three times.  Then, I adhered my well-inked wooden leaf to the card front with a little more of the Liquid Glue.  The second wooden leaf is inked in Crushed Curry.

Hello Fall Cardinal Outside 2 watermarked

Then I laid that piece over the other panel, and lightly scribed the circle window onto the bottom panel.  I used a stylus to make the circle – just lightly so I could see where I wanted to put my Cardinal.

The Joyful Season stamp set is a photo-polymer set, and it has several stamps to “build” the cardinal.  I started with the outline of the bird, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Then I stamped his body parts in Real Red – this stamp is cool – it automatically adds shading to his body, giving him instant depth!  There are, in total, 4 stamps for the bird.  I used the beak-le (I was thinking about this this morning – if ponies have schnoozles, then birds must have….beak-les?!) stamp, inked in Hello Honey and the mask stamp inked in Tuxedo Black.  And all of a sudden – there’s a bird on your card!  Very fun.  I love seeing the real deal out in my trees – the males are just ridiculously RED and gorgeous!

Hello Fall Cardinal closeup watermarked

I added the branch stamp, in Tuxedo Black, and then I colored the little berries with my Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers.  For the sentiment, I used a returning-favorite, For all Things.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black – and that was it for my art piece.

I layered the embossed window panel over the art piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then SNAILd the card front to my Real Red card base.

Hello Fall Cardinal Outside 3 watermarked

For the inside, I used a slightly-smaller-than-I-usually-do panel of Whisper White Thick card stock (I wanted a little wider frame of the Real Red), and stamped the branch again.  I colored the berries with my Stampin’ Write markers.

Hello Fall Cardinal Inside watermarked

Et voila!  A beautiful male cardinal, sitting in a grove of Fall-naked aspens, waiting for winter’s arrival!

Hope that you like this – remember, the stamp set and TIEF will be available on 1 Sept – and that’s right around the corner!!

TTFN and see you tomorrow with the Tuesday Updates!


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11 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Joyful Season Cardinal Welcomes Fall!

  1. mom

    Love those aspen…And it will soon be time for their fall show. The branch looks like bittersweet…another favorite. Great combo of nice things.

  2. What a beautiful card Mary! Great color scheme and design, love the die cut with your little cardinal peeking through the trees. 🙂

  3. Patricia

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful card, Mary! I was drawn to that Cardinal in the new catalog, and appreciate seeing the way you put it together with the the birch tree embossing folder. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  4. Lynn Gauthier

    The cardinal is so beautiful. Well done putting him together! He looks right at home among the trees. Love the layout of your card.
    So very nicely done!

  5. Thank you, Lynn! The cardinals in the bare trees really says “Fall is here, but hang tight, cause here comes Winter!!” to me!

  6. Love all of the elements in this card! So nice, Mary!

  7. Thanks so much, Jari! 🙂

  8. Kathy Hendrey

    Great card, Mary! I love cardinals and this stamp is really cute. Love how you did the cut out in the trees.

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