I started off by stamping the chickadee with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, and coloring the mage with Zig Clean Color Markers. I die cut the image, and moved on to my background.
On a piece of white Mixed Media Paper from Stampendous, I stamped one of the longer sprigs from the Christmas Greenery Perfectly Clear stamp set with the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inks and stamped them all over the background. I like using those ink pads because you get multiple colors on your stamps in one quick step. I decided to dull the colors and the white background down a bit, so I swept Desert Sand Memento ink across the entire panel. I did it in a light-handed manner, to create texture with the pad itself.
I tore a piece of red cardstock to give a bit of a ground to the chickadee image, and it worked with the torn bottom of my white cardstock. I decided the card needed a bit of shine and texture, so I applied some VersaMark ink to the bottom of the brown card base, and sprinkled on some Golden Sand embossing powder. I used a fluffy brush to sweep off a bit of the excess powder and to thin out the look of the powder across the top. After heat setting, this powder looks rich and a little rustic.
Like my cardinal card from Tuesday, this one came together quick enough that I would make multiples of it. And for holiday cards, easy-to-replicate is so important! Please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog to see what the rest of the team has created with the stamp and die combos. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!