Saturday, November 1, 2008

Cozy Christmas...

I am still pulling scraps from my scrap pile to make mini cards for the Hero Arts Challenge and because it feels good to use up pieces from my overflowing cardstock pile.

This little card was done at the end of the day. I knew the design I wanted but couldnt' think of what to put in the center. I decided to use this little birdhouse and bird because I have had them for awhile and haven't put them on paper yet. I apologize for the picture as it was the end of day before everyone left and the daylight is getting shorter every day. So this was taken after dark.

This is the front of the card when it is folded. It actually opens up as shown below: ( the picture is deceiving because the green scallop actually stays straight out until you lay it flat. )

The measurements of the closed card is: 5 1/4" x 3". The score is 2 3/4" and 5 1/4".


  1. Stamp birdhouse and bird on a light tan paper. The birdhouse was stamped with green solvent ink and the bird was stamped with red solvent ink. Color with watercolor pencils and use a waterbrush to spread the colors. Cut out the birdhouse including the center circle and the bird.
  2. Use a white gel pen to color the snow and the white on the bird's hat. (I also added a little red stickles on the berries on the birds hat.)
  3. Use the scalloped rectangle nestabilities and the oval scalloped nestabilities to cut out an olive green rectangle, light tan rectangle and a light tan scalloped oval. Punch out an tan oval.
  4. Emboss the olive green rectangle and the oval tan with the cuttlebug folders. Put the embossing folders upside down to get the reverse impression on the cardstock. (This was done partially due to a mistake and also because I wanted my oval background to not stand out too much against my bird)
  5. Sponge red and brown on the scalloped oval and the regular oval. Sponge brown around the edges of both of the scalloped rectangle.
  6. Stamp sentiment on the oval using brown ink.
  7. Stamp Hello on tan paper using brown ink and sponge edges with the same ink. Cut in small rectangle.
  8. Punch threading water along the right edge of the card base.
  9. Cut patterned paper slightly smaller for the front, middle and back of the card.
  10. Attach PP to the front, middle and back. Attach the olive green scalloped rectangle half on the front of the card when folded. Pop dot the scalloped oval to the middle of the olive green rectangle. Pop Dot the birdhouse, bird, and hello to the front of the oval.
  11. Attach the tan scalloped rectangle to the back of the card. Align with the scalloped rectangle on the front to ensure that the interior rectangle doesn't show. Attach oval to the middle of the rectangle.
  12. Attach coordinating buttons on the left side of the card.


  • Memento Rich Cocoa
  • Ranger Distress Ink Fired Brick
  • StazOn - Olive Green, Blazing Red
  • General Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
  • Ranger Stickles - Xmas Red
  • Basic Grey Figgy Pudding - Pepperberry
  • Brother & Sister Design - Have yourself a cozy little Christmas
  • Hero Arts - Sparkle Clear Hello Birdie
  • Hero Arts - Sparkle Clear Birdhouse Tag
  • Spellbinders - Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle, Scalloped Oval
  • Marvy Uchida - Oval Punch
  • Buttons Unknown

Thanks for visiting...


  1. Great card. Love it :) love the colors - it all came together.

  2. Oh, I love this card! I love the colors and the texture. Awesome card!

    The ipod I use for my card is from A Muse. You can find it here

  3. How totally creative. What a clever idea to emboss the die cut. Great unique fold and wonderful warm colors!

  4. Thank you for the detailed tutorial.


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