Monday, December 4, 2017

A Merry Blue Jay Christmas Card

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  I have a Christmas card to share with you today that I created for our Anything Goes Christmas or Winter challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.

I used Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Cardinal, Eldergrove and Pine Cones stamps, Steam Punk Christmas Tree and Pine Cone charms and Weathered Wood, Iridescent Shimmer, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Soft Fallen Snow embossing powders, read on for my how to.

Since we don't have any cardinals out here in Western Canada, I decided to transform Emerald Creeks Cardinal stamp into a Stellar Jay.  These beautiful blue birds flock to our feeders at this time of year so I had some very handsome models posing for me!  I stamped two of the Cardinal stamps onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock tags and watercoloured them with a multitude of blue, purple and a hint of black Distress inks.

For the background of my card, I inked another piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with shades of blue Distress Stains and then stamped multiple tree line images with Emerald Creek's Eldergrove stamp.  I used Iced Spruce Distress Ink to stamp the trees in the background for my 'shadow' tree line and then gradually built up the colours to darker greens as I moved forward.

To add some snowy sparkle, I then sprinkled the inked background with dots of water and quickly shook on some Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and heat set it.

The edges of the background panel were tattered with scissors and the 'merry christmas' sentiment from Tim Holtz's Holiday Drawings set was stamped with Black Soot Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.

Emerald Creek's Pine Cones stamp was stamped a couple of times onto kraft cardstock and embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder and the pine needles coloured in with a green Recollections ink pen.  The pine cones were fussy cut and a bit of Emerald Creek's Soft Fallen Snow embossing powder was sprinkled on top of the pine cones.

Tim Holtz's Bird Branch was die cut from more kraft cardstock and the bird was trimmed off.  The branch was then embossed with Emerald Creek's Weathered Wood embossing powder and then inked with Mushroom alcohol ink to soften the white colour in the Weathered Wood embossing powder.

Emerald Creek's Steam Punk Christmas Tree charm and a brad were given some shimmer with green Stickles Glitter glue.


And one of Emerald Creek's Pine Cone charms and three star brads from my stash were inked with Sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative alcohol inks and then given a wee brush with some gold Stickles Glitter glue once the mixative had dried.

And then the card was assembled; the Steam Punk Christmas Tree charm and a couple of the star brads were added around the 'merry christmas' greeting and the background mounted onto a kraft and white star patterned card blank.

The embossed branch was adhered to the background and the two fussy cut Stellar Jays were adhered on top with the top blue jay popped up on some 3D Zots Singles adhesive glue dots.  The wee gold pine cone was inserted into the beak of the top jay.

The stamped and embossed fussy cut pine cones were then added to the branch die cut as well with one of the stamped cones popped up on more 3D Zots Singles for a bit more dimension.

You can see a bit of the dimension on the card in the picture below.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Merry Blue Jay Christmas card came together, I love how it turned out.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing my card and will join in the fun over at Emerald Creek Dares,  thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. He's magnificent in blue, and I adore your snowy woodland background - a fantastic card.
    Alison x

  2. You did a brilliant job on the Blue Jay, he looks wonderful on the branch against that beautiful background you created! We don't get Cardinals or Blue Jays here, we have to make do with Kingfishers, but they are pretty spectacular to look at! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Love that Blue Jay Deb xx Your card is stunning and i just love the colour combo and layout...Fabulous

    sending best wishes
    Annie x


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