Wednesday, December 25, 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

 There's still an Anything Goes challenge going on right now on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog, so I made another Christmas card, which is ever-so-timely today. I planned that, don'tchaknow.

This card features Stampotique's Stack of Birds.

As a bonified birdbrain and a birdwatcher, I love and collect bird stamps. Sometimes I even use 'em. Imagine that! There's something about this Stack of Birds stamp that makes me smile. It's so cute and cheerful that you can almost hear the birds singing. In this case, they're singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas!"

They're a talented bunch and have a vast repertoire, so I'm sure they'll be singing on another card real soon. They also change their colors often to reflect their latest acapella rendition.

Anyway, Stack of Birds was colored with R00, R02, R04, and R17 Copic markers. After coloring them, I painted a thin layer of Matte Glue and Seal over them to act as a mask and add some texture. When it was dry, I sponged Old Paper Distress ink over them, then sponged China Blue Distress ink over the Dot Fade Layering Stencil. 

The focal image panel was matted with snowflake patterned paper from an old holiday 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. I took a music print paper from the same pad (which contains the words to "We wish you a Merry Christmas!") and sponged Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress inks over the Hollybough Layering Stencil. The panel was edged with Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, and Walnut Stain Distress inks.

The sentiment was added with Kraft-colored stickers from the Chitchat and Seasonal Chitchat pads by Idea-ology. The edges of each word sticker was sponged with the aforementioned Distress inks.

Sheer music note ribbon was colored with Copic markers and added to the bottom of the card to reinforce the card's musical theme. A somewhat crinkled bow was added because I felt like it.

A scrap of the music print paper was die-cut with old poinsettia and holly dies. The poinsettias were colored with Copic markers, then molded with various stylus balls to be dimensional. The holly leaves were colored with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress inks. The layered poinsettia and the holly leaves were added to the upper left corner to finish the card.

Thanks for visiting today and Merry Christmas!


  1. Kathi, what a gorgeous card to greet me on Christmas morning! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day! Merry Christmas!

  2. I can hear them :)
    Beautiful card Kathi!!

    Have a nice Christmas time
    xx Arwen

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family too !
    Great card BTW.
    Corrie x

  4. Beautiful Card!

    Happy Christmas! Hope you and your family have the best day EVER!

  5. i love birds, too! great job with this!

  6. Such a fab job on this card, Kathi! I just love the birdies! Love all the stamping and inking you did on this; love your design; and love the wonderful embellies! I can even hear them singing, although they might need to change their tune soon, since Christmas is now over until 2014! ;^)
    Hugs, Penny
    Looking forward to new renditions with the birds.

  7. I totally LOVE this card Kathi... The wonderful colours, this set of birds, your musical ribbon and the sentiment, all is gorgeous!!! :) Hope you have had a very happy festive season with yours, I'm just back and it was very cool to take some rest, eat and drink lol! Hugs, Coco

  8. Great layout. Love the positioning of the words.

  9. What a great creation! Have to get over to Stampotique and check out their stamps. It's been a while since I've been there and it looks like they've added some great stamps.