Christmas Day for Paper Players #455
Tempus Fugit for The Male Room and CAS on Fridays.

Christmas Cardinal for Freshly Made Sketches Anniversary

Hi Everyone.

Happy Friday.  I don't know about you, but I am over the moon that it is Friday!

For the past couple of weeks I have been unable to join in the fun and celebrate Freshly Made Sketches 400th anniversary.  I've really wanted to play with the fun retro sketches - such a cool idea, by the way!  FMS is one of my favorite challenges and one of my always go to places for sketches everytime I craft.  So, congratulations ladies on celebrating 400 sketches and thank you all for your hard work and amazing inspiration every week.

Here's this week's sketch:

I had an idea which set I wanted to use.  The new Christmas Cardinal set that will be available from the SU Holiday catalog next week.  I LOVE this set and really wanted to use it.  However, it took me 30 minutes going backwards and forwards and around and around on what papers to use with it.  No matter what I tried, they distracted from the fabulous bird.  In the end I decided to go with white on white on white but with varying textures to add interest and break up the rectangles.
Here's a closeup of the layers:
Christmas Cardinal for FMS layers (1 of 1)
I love the smoothness of the vellum with the cardboard and woodgrain layers.  As you can see - the red really pops off the page now.
I went with a soft grey/green ink for the branch and added that behind the sentiment and the cardinal.  Here's my card:
Christmas Cardinal for FMS (1 of 1)
I stamped the Cardinal with black ink and then colored him with pencils.  I used 5 different colors of red, dark blue and brown to get the shading and color variation.  Normally I blend the colors but, as the bird has feathers, I decided to emphasize the texture of his feathers by using deliberate and noticeable flick strokes with the pencil, varying the colors over each other.
Here's a closeup:
Christmas Cardinal for FMS closeup (1 of 1)
I was really pleased with how the card turned out and think that going with texture, instead of papers, helped to ensure that the cardinal really was the star of the show.  I absolutely LOVE this set and I think you will be seeing it quite often :-)
I hope you will join in the fun and help celebrate the hard working gals at FMS.  I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe:
  • Stamp:  Christmas Cardinal - Stampin' Up! - available Sept 3
  • Inks:  Ink on 3 - black
  • Card base:  woodgrain card stock - Altenew.  Corrugated from stash.