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Chalkboard Word Bubbles for Paper Players #177

Cardinal on branch for ATCAS

Hi everyone.  Happy Saturday.  Hope you are all having a great week.

It's the first of the 2014 challenges at Addicted to CAS this week and the fabulous Loll has a great code word for us.

Now.... there were so many great places to go with this code word.  :-)  I know that it is past Christmas, but it is never too early to begin planning for the next Christmas, right :-)  The design team have created a wonderful set of cards for your inspiration.  Pop along to Addicted to CAS and check out the cards - and play along with us.

I started by die cutting a cardinal from Real Red card stock and cut a template from the Memory Box branch die.  I needed the negative space to create a branch on the Smoky Slate base by using Ranger Embossing Paste.  I love the effect that it gives.  It takes a little while to dry, but it's really worth it.  Once I had added the embossing paste, I sprinkled it with some Ranger distress glitter to give a little shimmer and shine. 

Once the embossing paste was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and used some silver embossing powder.  I then popped the Cardinal onto the branch using Stampin' Dimensionals.  To finish the card, I added a little "eye" to the Cardinal using a black marker and mounted the Smoky Slate layer to a piece of white heavyweight card stock.

Cardinal on Branch

Once I completed th card, I realized that I could create the same card by adding a Soft Sky background instead of the Smoky Slate and use the branch with a darker embossing paste and a die cut flower, or spring bird, to make a spring card.  For Autumn/Fall, I could use the same branch but with die cut leaves. 

I do hope you will join us and check out the fabulous inspirations from the design team.  Welcome also to Nancy Littrell, who is guest designer for January.  The winner will receive 3 digis from Deedeedigis, now that is a great incentive to play along!

I'll be back again tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers to those who need a little lift today.