Use Those Left Over Die Cuts & Stamped Images!
I was trying to make this card look like a tree trunk. To do that, I die cut a kraft panel using the Scrappy Tails "Slimline Woodgrain" background die. I only ran this die through my die cut machine once. This made it so the inner pieces wouldn't fully cut out, but instead leave cut lines. To make sure all those pieces stayed in tact, I glued my kraft panel to a cream one cut to the same size. Then, I blended "Vintage Photo" and "Walnut Stain" distress inks around the panel to add more dimension to the background.
The cardinals on this card are from the "Cardinal Blessings" 6x6 stamp set. I stamped and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I colored them with my watercolor pens and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
To add to that tree trunk look, I cut a circle from the center of the panel to create a cute little home for my cardinals. I also added some "pine branches" at the top and bottom of the card using the pine needle and pinecones that are included in the "Assorted Christmas Leaves" die set. I also added a cute bird's nest inside my tree hole using the twig branch that's included in the same die set.
Lastly, I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to the bottom of my card. I embellished the pine branches with a few red pearls to mimic the look of berries.
I decided to use the remaining stamped images to create a beautiful Winter scene card.
The sky was ink blended using "Salty Ocean", "Blueprint Sketch" and "Chipped Sapphire" distress oxide inks. To add some snow to my sky, I splattered some silver pearlescent watercolor to my panel.
Below the sky, I added a die cut fence and a snow hill, which both come in the "Slimline Everyday Borders" die set.
I added a pine branch to the top left of the card to make it look like there's a Winter tree to the left of the scene. Then, I added my stamped images and embellished the sky with a few iridescent gems.
The "Cardinal Blessings" stamp set also includes a cute mailbox, which would be another cute image to use instead of the bird house.
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