Cardinal Christmas // Hero Arts

I'm stopping in today with a Christmas card and deets on a new challenge!

To start today's card off, I stamped the Woodgrain Bold Prints by Lia using Soft Granite on Fog Gray Simon Says Stamp cardstock. I then stamped a sentiment from Holiday Messages and Tags on a white cardstock panel, heat embossed it in gold, and then gave the panel a ribbon edge.

I was totally inspired by Yana Smakula when slipping my embossed banner through the Branch Wreath die, cut out of kraft. The wreath was topped off with some die cut vellum holly leaves, a gold bow, and some gems.

Finally, I created my bird from the gorgeous Color Layering Cardinal - I stamped the first layer in Fresh Peach, second in Pale Tomato, and topped it off with Red Royal. It's hard to tell the difference between the first and second layer, but it does add a bit of detail. I stamped the feet and eyes/beak in black, then die cut my cardinal and adhered him to the card case.

That's all for me today! Have a blessed day!


Hero Arts has a new challenge! There will be five $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees awarded. The challenge runs October 10 - November 15. Check out the blog for more deets and inspiration!


Cardstock: Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray, Hero Arts kraft
Stamps: Hero Arts Woodgrain Bold Prints, Color Layering Cardinal and Holiday Messages and Tags
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Soft Granite, Fresh PeachPale Tomato, Red RoyalBlack
Other: Hero Arts Gold Embossing powder, vellum, Hero Arts Mixed Neutral Accents

Tools: heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Branch Wreath die, Color Layering Cardinal die, and Christmas Trimmings (bow and holly leaves dies)


  1. LOVE your pairing of this beautiful bird with the wreath, Clare! Beautiful work!

  2. So beautiful and elegant!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Just love your layered cardinal in wreath, Claire! The vellum holly and bow add the perfect touch!!

  4. Clare, this is stunning! Love the colors and the little embellishments, too!

  5. Recently bought the cardinal stamp and die set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Fabulous LO, Clare - sweet elements that all combine for a lovely holiday card!

  7. Elegant and Lovely, Clare! It's a gorgeous Christmas card!

  8. Very pretty! Really nice cardinal and I like the way the banner goes through the wreath.

  9. This cardinal is so beautifully colored. At our house his name is Hank.


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