Hi Stampers! Today, I have a new technique to share with you, so this post might be a little longer than usual. I hope it’s helpful!
This beautiful card was created using a Digital Brush set from Stampin’ Up! called A Cardinal Christmas.
I wanted to have a male and female cardinal on my card, so I used Photoshop to create the image you see on the front of the card. For those of you that are not familiar with Photoshop, I ‘m going to walk you through the steps. Also, if you don’t have Photoshop and don’t want to pay for such expensive software, there is a free program called GIMP that can do the same simple steps I’m going to show you below.
When you download a Digital Stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will want to choose the third option “Other Applications”. Like This….
Choosing this option is going to download a .zip file that contains a .abr which is a Brushes file. These files can be used in Photoshop or GIMP. It basically gives you a “stamp” in the program!
Open Photoshop and create a new file. I like to use the same size of card that I will be using so I don’t make my image to big!
On your first layer, you will want to choose your paintbrush tool and select the Cardinal from the new brush set. Stamp the Cardinal onto your first layer.
Create a new layer and stamp a second cardinal.
Now you have 2 identical cardinals! Select your second cardinal and flip it horizontally. Now your birds should be facing each other.
We want to make one of the birds smaller. I chose the one on the right (my first cardinal). Select the first cardinal and make it slightly smaller than the second one (This will be the female).
Also, erase the branch to the left of her foot.
Move your first bird (female) so the branch from the second bird (male) lines up with her feet.
Your birds should look like they are on the same branch! Save this as an image (.jpg, .gif., .png, etc.) your preference. I usually go with a .png.
Now you have an image with 2 birds. I loaded this into Microsoft Word, and then printed the image on Whisper White card stock. Wasn’t that Easy!!!!
I colored the male bird using Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities, and the female using Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake Blendabilities. The leaves were colored with Old Olive Blendabilities. I used a white Gel Pen to add a highlight to the leaves and branches.
Now the fun part……well not quite. It’s time to cut out the birds. This does take a little time, but it’s worth it! I tried to cut as close to the image as I could, but there is some white in a few places. I just used the Blendabilities to color around the edges where needed.
Now the background! I used a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4 6/8″ x 4″. I stamped across the top of the paper with the small splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Versamark in and then heat embossed using Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder.
I sponged across the entire sheet with Soft Sky, and added Marina Mist to the top. The embossed “Snow” resists the color!
Using the adorable trees from the White Christmas stamp set, I stamped several for the background in Chocolate Chip ink. I think I like these trees better than the grove of trees from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set!!!
I added a matte/window on top of this background to separate the birds from the scene. To do this, I used a sheet of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP Paper Stack cut to the same size as the background. Now, of course the Big Shot has to come out!!! I cut out the middle using the largest framelit form the Deco Labels set!
The card base is an odd shape but I wanted to really make a statement with this card! You’ll need a piece of Crumb Cake card stock cut to 5 1/4″ x 11″, then score at 4 7/8″. This creates the off center fold!
I added a matte using Marina Mist card stock cut to 5″ x 4 5/8″.
I placed a strip of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon between the Marina Mist card stock and the background.
The cardinals were glued on top of the background! Everything glued together using my favorite Tombow glue!!!
Since this card is offset, there is a piece of the inside of the card that sticks out of the bottom which is perfect for a sentiment! I added Whisper White card stock to the interior of the card.
The sentiment is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set and was stamped on the bottom of the card using Cherry Cobbler ink.
The edges seemed a little bland so I added a couple of holly berries from the Holiday Invitation stamp set! I colored the stamp with Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Sky Stampin Write markers!
I love the way the tails go off the front of the card, it adds so much dimension!!
I added a large bow using the same Cherry Cobbler ribbon to finish everything off! I love how unique this card is!
I hope you enjoyed this card and learned a few new tricks along the way!!! Digital Stamps are a wonderful affordable way to build up a collection!!!!
Thanks for stopping by! ~Bridget