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Cardinal in my Window- Tando and Stampendous Hop

Hello! Welcome to a fun filled week of mixed media with the Stampendous team! We are super excited to be hopping along with Tando and their fantastic chipboard products, perfect for altering and combining with stamps, stencils, etc. There are of course, great prizes! To win, comment (with where you live) on all of the blogs listed, to have a shot at 3 prize packages. Full details are on the Stampendous Blog.

Would you like to see what I made? I worked with Tando's Mini Printer Tray and Stampendous' Cling Winter Tweets stamps and Die sets. Plus lots of Deco Art paints and mediums, as well as inks from Imagine.

I painted a few layers (including a crackle layer) on to the cover of the tray. I used a random piece of cardboard and Fitted Frame "V" for my tag, along with lots more layers of paint and sprays, including turquoise Shimmer Mister from Deco Art. It matches my hair perfectly! If you visit my Instagram, you'll get to see what I mean. Anyway, after I was satisfied with the layers of the tag, I used VersaMark and Detail Gold embossing powder along with the new Quiet Beauty stamp. I added a few small brads just to the tag for decoration. I adhered the tag to the base with foam squares. The pretty shimmery ribbon is from Creative Impressions.

For the inside, I coated the entire thing with a Deco Art glitter paint. There's a 4x4 chipboard piece that goes under the "window" and I used the accompanying stencil that comes with the Winter Tweets set to create the tree and berries. I inked the stencil with VersaMark and used Clear Bark and Ruby Red embossing powders. I stamped the sweet cardinal on watercolor paper and colored it with my Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils.  I also used the Wood Background stamp on the top layer of the"window."

It's hard to tell, but I added some clear acetate between the top and second layer of the window, to make it really look like one. The effect in real life is pretty cool. My family was impressed at least. ;) I also used the Picasso Stencil/Shield to make clouds in the background. I used Summer Sky Memento ink for that. I kept it really soft, as winter skies are often kind of bleak...but I really wanted to add some additional depth to the background. It is so much fun to make pieces like this, and I hope you will check out what I will have in store for the finale on Friday. Please be sure to visit all of the stops that are listed below for your chance to win one of the prizes. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Alison Heikkila (that's me!)


Zoe Sanderson said…
Lovely little Christmas Wish. Love Tando have done for years and Stampendous stamps are always a little different, have yet to try DecoArt but have some on order and am looking forward to learning how it works. XOXO Zoe (Grimsby UK)
A Pink said…
Lovely project and a great idea to use the inner of the mini tray as a window . x
Diane said…
Cool idea Alison !!

hugs Diane xx ( UK )
Linda Agers said…
Love the frame idea... so much creativity out there
Anonymous said…
Very pretty. The frame idea is new to me. Louisiana
Robin said…
No just your family...I'm impressed too! This is just gorgeous! I went to your your hair! Hugs, Robin
WOW...this is beautiful! Love the colors!
eyes2theocean said…
I love all these chip board pieces being feature, they are all awesome as are the stamps. Cardinals are my all time favorite bird and the sweet cardinal stamp would make the cutest Christmas cards. Love the water color technique you used as well. It gives it a nice soft effect. Beautiful! :)
GENIUS! I really love this idea!! It came out beautifully! It is a card and gift in one! I would display this year round of I received it! TFS!
Barb inn VT
Elaine said…
Very nice Christmas card.
Mary Holshouser said…
I love this.
What a surprise to open the cover
and find a window with a cardinal.
Clever idea.
thanks for sharing
Gez Butterworth said…
Absolutely STUNNING Alison. What I would give to see a red cardinal when I look out my window. Sadly, we don't have them here in the UK. Love, love, love what you have done with the Tando printer ♥
cghundley said…
Lovely work on
this project!
Carla from Utah
Creepy Glowbugg said…
Waving frantically from Sacramento, CA.!!! Gorgeous and unexpected project today, Alison. Somehow, I expected you to go with the Halloween theme I have been seeing on the hop. Not disappointed in the least. What a lovely winter scene you have created. Love it!
Sabrina said…
Just absolutely beautiful!!!
Viki Banaszak said…
This is so cute! I love the window idea and the Cardinal is adorable.
Nikki Killinger said…
Really clever idea using the printer tray as a window, love what you've done. xx
Nikki, Coventry, UK
Dee Adams said…
Really love what you have done the printer tray is Fabulous x

Gina P. said…
Very cute, I just love cardinals :) Gina Points, Bellevue, NE
Denise Bryant said…
Beautiful winter scene with this mini printer tray project! Love the dimension and the pretty embossed sentiment!
I'm in California!
Karen P said…
Such a beautiful scene you've created Alison and I love the colour of your hair on Instagram too! I was a little worried you'd coloured it with the DecoArt mister at first. As always when I visit your blog I leave well and truly inspired. Many thanks for the fab inspiration and fab blog hop Karen x
McStamper said…
Love your pretty project. Texas
Jean said…
How cool is this! Love the cardinal!
Amanda Rhodes said…
I love the glitter on the front and the cardinal! North Carolina
Sue D said…
Very elegant outside and love the cardinal.
Sue in Ohio
Very pretty and creative. The Cardinal is my favorite bird, so ... LOVE!
Helen Gullett said…
Love the cardinal! We are lucky enough to live in the country where we can enjoy them at our own backyard :)
Janis said…
What a lovely creation!! I don't have cardinals where I live, so I always enjoy seeing them on projects.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
Judy said…
So pretty. I love the colors you used for your project. Thanks for sharing with us how you made this. Judy in Iowa
Steph Ackerman said…
Very pretty - fabulous way to use the tray. NY.
Reba said…
Absolutely love it!! ---- North Carolina
A Pink said…
forgot to add where i live with my comment - Sheffield UK

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