I stamped my sample for today’s sketch last night. So don’t look too closely at my coloring. It’s not that great. I wasn’t feeling that great and messed up on the sketch as well. I turned it and put the 1/4 circle on the wrong side. Sorry!


The card base is a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock folded in half. The next layer is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Ski Slope paper. The corners were punched with the ticket corner punch, the edges paper pierced and sanded with the sanding block.

I cut the 1/4″ circle out of another piece of Ski Slope Designer paper with my Coluzzle. I cut another slightly bigger 1/4 circle out of Shimmery White and taped it underneath the designer paper. I added scallops to that layer with my corner rounder.

The Cardinal from A Cardinal Christmas was stamped with Black Stazon on a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Shimmery White cardstock. It was ticket corner punched, a dry embossed edge was added with scoring tool and the edges paper pierced  and distressed. The image was colored with Aqua Painter and Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze class ink.

The image was layered on a 1/4″ bigger piece of Riding Hood Red cardstock. That piece was ticket corner punched, distressed and sponged as well. It was layered on a Chocolate Chip Top Note die cut. That piece had been stamped with the branch in Chocolate Chip and it was heavily sponged. 5/8″ wide Old Olive grosgrain Ribbon was tied around the bottom of the image.


I inked up the sentiment one word at a time with Black Stazon and stamped it on top of each other on Shimmery White cardstock. I inked up the branch of the set with Baja Breeze, stamped it off once and then stamped it over the sentiment. That was punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch. The edges were distressed with the cutter kit, layered first on a sponged 1 3/8″ chocolate chip circle, then on a sponged Riding Hood Red scallop circle.

Once everything was done, I added Crystal effect over the berries in the main image.

Personal Note:
Thanks for all your well wishes. The cold moved from my head to my chest. I rather be coughing like I do now then feeling like I did the last two days.

Today is my oldest 14th birthday. I still remember him as a chubby little infant with dark hair and slightly elongated eyes. We thought that some Indian ancestors from Ricks past came through. Or as a chubby little toddler who had trouble jumping with both feet. He was sooo cute. He outgrew all that and is now an over 6′ sweet teenage boy. Time goes by way to fast.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

34 Responses to “Christmas Cardinal”

  1. Wow ! I love this card ! I visit your blog each day and I love what you create. (excuse my english, I speak french and I’m not bilingual… )

  2. Gorgeous, Beate! I LOVE the sketch flipped! What a beautiful card!

  3. I guess we’ll forgive you for messing up the sketch since it turned out so gorgeous, Beate, LOL! LOVE that beautiful cardinal stamp and how you layered all these die cuts and punches! Happy birthday to the big guy — goodness, he’s over 6-foot now?!!

  4. You know you’ve got a great stamper when she can rush through a card and still make it look that awesome! You really rock this cardinal stamp set!

    I look forward to working with your sketch later today (hopefully) or tomorrow.

  5. HOLY COW…. and I thought Sheldon was tall! Happy Birthday BIG BOY! 🙂

    I was worried at first, I thought you didn’t do the sketch! It’s SO BEAUTIFUL!! Beate, you are amazing. I LOVE how you put colors together.

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. Love ya babe!

  6. Wow, girl, this is GORGEOUS! Happy b-day to your oldest! I have two of those over-6-feet teenage sons…makes you feel small, huh?! 🙂

  7. First, Happy Birthday to your son!!! Hope he has a wonderful day!

    Your card is beautiful Beate! I don’t see how you think the circle is in the wrong spot…looks like the sketch to me but then I’m in awe of the card and see NOTHING wrong with it…lol

    My girlfriend is coming over to stamp…think I’ll get her to work along with me on your fun sketch! Be back this afternoon with something!

    Have a FAB day!

  8. BEEEEEAAAATTTTEEEEEEE! Wie machst du das nur? Jeden Tag ein Kracher! Meine Güte, die ist schön… Mir gefällt alles…die Farben, das Papier…hmmmmmmmm:-) Liebe Grüße…

  9. Your card is GORGEOUS, Beate! Big Happy Birthday wishes to your son!

  10. Totally beautiful Beate!!! Is this is you at your worst, then I want to be just like you, lol!! I love this image and your coloring looks just fine to me!!! Happy Birthday to your son!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  11. Gorgeous, Beate! I love the colors!

    Happy birthday to your son!

  12. It’s a beauty Beate! I love the rich colors, the paper piercing the top note die in black to back the focal image.

  13. I think your watercoloring looks great. I like how you flipped the sketch. Oh, and the distressing, piercing, and punching look fabulous. Get well and Birthday wishes to your home! I have the same illness right now and I just can’t stop coughing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. It’s gorgeous!

  15. Oh my, this is the ultimate. Love the sketch and your beautiful cardinal. Spectacular card, Beate.

  16. You’re sounding a bit nostalgic today, Beate. I don’t even want to think of my two boys being 6 feet tall yet! There are days I wish we had a bit more freedom but for the most part, I want to freeze time and keep them the sweet wee ones they are now. Happy birthday to your oldest. I hope you feel much better over the weekend. Your card is AMAZING! I’ve been so busy lately that I have missed out on the last few challenges and have TOTALLY missed out on the holiday blitz. This sketch will have to be in the top 5 things I plan to do this weekend. Have a great weekend and try to get some rest!

    hugs, Brandi

  17. This is beautiful!! The colors on your cards are always so bright and vibrant!!

  18. This is beautiful, Beate!

  19. One of my favorite cards I’ve seen with this stamp Beate. Great job…

  20. this is awesome! Cant wait to play along! 🙂

  21. Beate, this card is just terrific!!!!! Only you could make me love the BAJA….and you did!!!! Great coloring and CE detailing!!!!! Lovely work!!!!! Hope your son has a great Birthday….my oldest is a girl the same age….time is going by way too fast!!!! I want to press the pause button!!!!!

  22. This is such a beautiful card, Beate! I love it! Your coloring really is terrific!

  23. beautiful!

  24. I love what you’ve done with your sketch, Beate!! I love your cardinal, and your coloring is beautiful!! I love all of your distressing, piercing, papers, and I love how you’ve used the CE!!

    I hope your son had a wonderful birthday, and I also hope you’re feeling better soon!!

  25. Happy Birthday to your darling son Beate. My oldest is 14 1/2 and he is just adorable…I think it’s a great age. Not quite as tall as your boy yet but he’s getting there:-)) Hope you’re feeling better each day. Take Care!

  26. Beautiful card. I hope you’re feeling better!
    The kids grow so fast! It’s hard for me to believe my youngest is 22. They’re all about to catch up to my age!

  27. I think your coloring is fantastic. Looking forward to trying this sketch and hope you feel better soon! Hugs, Mary

  28. For not feeling good and messing this up, you can still make one gorgeous card…love it Beate 🙂

  29. Beate- What beautiful rich colors! I love how you did all the corners and edges. Wonderful!!

  30. THis is gorgeous! So many beautiful layers and details! Can’t believe you accomplished this while feeling sick! Hope the cough goes away soon and you’re 100% better!!

  31. I love this card and the colors. It became the inspiration for my card for a swap I was in…thanks so much. I was having trouble deciding what I would do for the card.

  32. Beate, this card is truly amazing! So many interesting layers that work so beautifully together!

    I have a 14 year old son too …. they’re growing up way too fast!

  33. This is so beautiful! Love all the layers nad the crystal effects on the berries. Happy Birthday to your son! Hope you are feeling better.

  34. I love your cardinal card. Very classy! And I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I really appreciate how you bold the ingredients to your creations! Thank you for that!

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