Good morning! Today, the team at A Blog Named Hero are participating in a wonderful blog hop celebrating the crafty comeback of Lea Lawson. If you don’t know Lea’s story, click here. We are so excited to join Hero Arts in celebrating her return to the crafty world! The entire A Blog Named Hero team is here to provide you with some inspiration to help jump start your holiday crafting! You should have arrived here from Donna’s blog and your next stop is Kelly’s blog.
There’s something about a pretty bird surrounded by snowflakes and pine boughs that screams winter to me. To create this wintry project, I started by blending Hero Arts Stonewash, Pool, and Soft Pool ink on an A2 panel. I then stamped snowflakes from an older mini set by Lia Griffith using white pigment ink and blended some more white pigment ink around the edge of the panel to really give it a frosty look. I also added a few dots here and there with my white gel pen.
After I had created the background panel, I began stamping the focal point of the card. I stamped the beautiful cardinal (female cardinals are brown, which is a cousin of gray, just go with it haha!) from Color Layering Cardinal using Shades of Gray cubes and the pine boughs were stamped using both Antiqua and Emerald Green inks. I fussy cut them all, adding in a few loose pine boughs. I adhered the main branch and cardinal with dimensional adhesive, then added in some loose boughs using regular adhesive to add lots of dimension.
To create the greeting, I die cut the peace from the Peace Stamp ‘n Cut using silver foil, then stamped the rest of the greeting onto some thin strips of card stock and mounted them with foam tape. The last step was to add a few sequins from my stash.
We will be giving away a $25 gift certificate, randomly chosen from all of the comments left at every stop along the blog hop. To enter, leave a comment on any of the blogs by Friday, November 10th at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced on Lea Lawson’s blog on Sunday, November 12th.
Kristie Goulet says
LOVE the bird in grays!! So pretty!
Tara Prince says
Breathtaking card! Using nontraditional colors for a holiday card always adds interest.
Jessica Monte says
Oh wow I am in awww so lovely
The grey cardinal looks so pretty on the blue background.
Brooke Shull says
This card is amazing, and reminds me of my grandmother who always said when she left this Earth, whenever I saw a Cardinal, know it was her watching me.
lovely card, Emily – wonderful color choices!
Becca Yahrling says
This is stunning to me. The cardinal is my favorite bird
and my favorite word is ‘Peace’. Perfection!
Interesting colour choice for a Cardinal but it works well on your card.
Debbie Christense says
Unusual color choice, but this is just gorgeous.
Dee Earnshaw says
stunning in its uniqueness – love the non traditional colors:)
Lea Lawson says
This is GORGEOUS, Emily! I LOVE the blended background, and the beautiful scene you’ve created with the pine boughs & sweet birdy.
Thank you so much for being part of my crafty comeback party – I appreciate it SO much!! ♥
Emily Midgett says
Thank you for the sweet comments, Lea! I’m so thrilled to be a part of your comeback party! I’ve admired you for a long time, so I’m happy to see you back crafting! 🙂 <3
Jeanne Beam says
What a gorgeous card. Love the background and the sentiment. Thanks for sharing…
Kirsty Vittetoe says
Such a sweet card.
Sue LD says
Beautiful colors and I like the snowy background.
That’s a gorgeous winter card !
Beautiful card ! And the best sentiment you could use in this troubled period !
Beautiful colors and awesome scene
Beautiful card. Love the robin’s colors and the pine boughs.. Lovey
Becky moore says
Such a beautiful card!
Christy Q says
So stunning! I admire all of your fussycutting, it adds so much pop and dimension to your card.
Carol K says
love the colors in this card …
Love the grey on the bird!
Gorgeous card! Love the peaceful colors!
Pam Spicer says
Very lovely card!!
Nana Griffin says
So lovely! THe background is great with the cardu=inal.
Emily, your card is beautiful… I love the layers!
Michelle Hackett says
This is such an elegant card. Thank you for sharing.
Lisa Buchanan says
What a beautiful card!
Karen Hale says
Beautiful card. Your grey color choice of the cardinal is splendid.
Tracy A says
How lovely. The background you created is the perfect complement.
Cindy C. says
Beautiful design, very fun to see a grey/blue Cardinal!
Samantha Coleman says
What a pretty card!
Parker Owen says
I like how you took creative liberty to color the Cardinal grey. How pretty.
Robin P says
This an absolutely gorgeous card.
Annie @ AMLC says
Easily my favorite card so far!! Love your beautiful background too!
RitaMaria Castillo says
Thanks for this idea, Emily! The cardenal looks great as well as the overall composition and color combination.
Denise Bryant says
Lovely color combo on your beautiful card!
Anne Wylie (Angie Wylie) says
Love the color combinations! Thanks for sharing.
Christy M says
Such a beautiful card!
Deborah Kaye says
Your card is very pretty! That bird is gorgeous!
Judie Attard says
Stunning winter card!!
Jennifer Gallagher says
Such a pretty card
Kris Reeves says
Truly an amazing card!
Karthikha Uday says
That’s a lovely card!
Your card is so pretty & love the bird in the grays!
Beautiful! That background is especially lovely!
Marjorie L Estey says
What a lovely card. The colors are beautiful.
My mother collected cardinals so I often use this layering stamp and your color choice has given me inspiration. thank you.
Karen @ MisplacedMojo.com says
So pretty! I especially love the pine boughs!!!
Kim Faucher says
WOw this card is gorgeous! Love that bird in the grayscale
Wonderful card and I love all the details.
Denise Ward says
Beautiful design! I think silver and blue are a great color combination for winter & Christmas cards. And what better wish could you give someone this season than PEACE?
Martha Berry says
The soft gray bird is so beautiful! It looks so pretty with the blue background. I flunked fussy cutting and your is done so well:)
Stacey Kowbel says
Beautiful card! I love the beautiful soft greys you used for the cardinal!
Starr Patrick says
Beautiful card thank you for sharing
How original to leave the Cardinal in nuetral tones–in my OCD world, I had never considered that as a possibility! Love it!
So cool and elegant. Love the unusual colors.
Janis in ID says
What an ingeniously creative way to do the cardinal in grays!! Gorgeous card!!
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