Stampin’ Up! “Birds and Branches Christmas Card for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Hi Stampers, today for our hop we have a theme challenge.  We could choose “birds or animals” as the inspiration for our card.  Birds and Branches fit the bill and I decided to make it into a Christmas card by using some of the new Heartwarming Hugs DSP to add to the Christmas theme.

The theme:

Stampin’ Up! Birds and Branches Christmas Card:

The recipe:

Card base: Real Red 4-1/4 x 11, scored at 5-1/2

Panel: Heartwarming Hugs DSP 4 x 5-1/4

Art piece: Whisper White 3-7/8 x 5-1/8

Sentiment Whisper White 1/2 x 3-1/2

The details:

  • Stamp 3 birds from the Birds and Branches stamp set in Real Red
  • (Stamp the wing/body stamp in real red and then in second generation stamping stamp the solid body stamp in real red)
  • Die cut the birds out using the Birds and More Die Set
  • Stamp the holly leaves and berries using the images from the Poinsettia Petals stamps set as follows:
  • Large holly leaves: stamp in Mossy Meadow Ink onto Old Olive card stock
  • Small holly leaves: stamp in Mossy Meadow Ink onto Mossy Meadow card stock
  • Stamp the berry stem in Mossy Meadow Ink, stamp the berry centers in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White card stock
  • Die cut the holly leaves and the berries using the Poinsettia Dies
  • Die cut the small leaves in Mossy Meadow card stock using the Birds and More Die Set

The sentiment:

  • Stamp the sentiment using the saying from Itty Bitty Christmas on the the 1/2 sentiment piece with Black Tuxedo Memento Ink

Preparing the art piece:

  • Take three circle dies from the Layering Circle dies and arrange them onto the Whisper White art piece
  • The circles I used measure approx. 1-3/8, 1-5/8 and  1-7/8
  • Die cut the circles out
  • Emboss the art piece with the Subtle  EF
  • Adhere your sentiment to the art piece below the middle left circle with Glue Dots

Putting the card together:

  • Adhere the Heartwarming Hugs DSP to the card front
  • Adhere the art piece to the front of the card with Dimensionals
  • Attach the a large and small holly leaf to the left of the bottom circle opening
  • Attach a bird to the holly with a Dimensional
  • Cut the middle bird down so he fits in the middle circle and attach him inside the circle with a Glue Dot
  • Cut the top bird down so he fits in the top circle and attach him inside with a Glue Dot
  • Attach a small and large holly leaf to the top right circle
  • Tuck in your berries with Glue Dots on the bottom circle cluster and the top circle cluster (on the top one, I cut the holly into pieces)
  • Tuck in the small Mossy Meadow leaves here and there on the front of the card

Finishing touches:

  • Add some Rhinestones on the front of the card here and there to add some extra sparkle
  • Attach a small Linen Thread bow to the top right hand group of holly an you are finished

Here is our team:

Alright, on with the hop!  Click the button below to hop over to see what the rest of the team created for you today:

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And just in case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the team members involved in the hop today:

Amy Koenders:

Mary Deatherage:

Kristi Gray:

Jaimie Babarczy:

Sue Prather: 

Karen Finkle:

Akiko Sudano:

Karen Ksenzakovic:

Julie Johnston:

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These are the products I used to make my card:

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