Thursday, January 19, 2023

Trilling Cardinal

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I especially love to see the cardinals in the trees this time of year
when the colors outside are gray.

He stands out so beautifully!

I've stamped this guy with Antique Linen Distress ink then added color with markers
on the stamp, moving the color with a damp waterbrush after each stamping.

My first try was a complete disaster.  I'm glad there are two sides to the paper.

This card is a combination of inspiration from 

I used Chunky White Frantage heated from underneath for the snow.

I'm still hoping for some snow here.

NBUS #46 - Never Before Used Schtuff
Peace on Earth - Inspired by cardinal
Penny Black Saturday - ATG/Option Something New to me

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Trilling Trio (PB), Brilliance (PB), Fragile Beauty (PB), Christmas Sentiments (PB)
Ink:   Antique Linen, Barn Door, Lumberjack Plaid (DI), Ripe Persimmon, Walnut Stain (DM),Basic Black Marker (SU), Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Black, Cover from Mixed Media Pad
Other:  Stitched Rectangle Die (SSS), Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Red Ultrafine Sharpie


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Viv said...

Fabulous card Bonnie!

Sandy said...

Wonderful Bonnie! Your Cardinal is absolutely perfect!!!
I love watching the birds outside of my craft room window where we have several feeders and a bird bath. I have my fair share of Cardinals and am always amazed at the different shades of red. Once again, your Cardinal is absolutely stunning.
Sandy xx

I Card Everyone said...

It's always a treat for me to see Cardinals here, Bonnie. For some reason it doesn't happen often - maybe those dozen Bluebirds have staked their claim?
You have done an incredible job water coloring this handsome guy - and your snow is just the icing on the cake! The real stuff not so much - we've dodged another storm thank goodness.

Brenda in IN said...

He is beautiful and the snow is awesome. This is such a pretty scene. Feathers are so warm and it's always a treat to see a cardinal. I rarely see them here.

jimlynn said...

Nothing prettier than a cardinal - and this one is so beautiful! Love the "snow". Pretty card.

Pat said...

Just gorgeous and I love the pretty foliage and berries, and some extra softly added branches in the background, surrounding that bright and beautiful Cardinal Bonnie. x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

We don't have these birds in the UK, but they sure do make an impression on cards, this is gorgeous Bonnie.
Faith x

Bobby said...

I agree, Bonnie. Seeing that bright red bird always brings a smile to my face. So does the one on your card, although the 'other side' comment actually made me chuckle. I've done that a lot lately. Be careful what you wish for though. Snow isn't always fun.

Loll said...

We don't have cardinals here on the westcoast. But I get to see the beauty of them in your card Bonnie. Your colouring is so amazing, my friend. LOVE the branches and berries in the background. A stunning Christmas card. Love, Lolly

Cat Craig said...

One of the things I love best about our place is that we have several cardinal pairs living in the wood behind the house and they are frequent visitors to the bird feeder. Two of the mama's are out right now. Your bird is beautifully colored and I get the sense of fluffed feathers. Beautiful seasonal card.

Nstiz said...

You did a spectacular job on this, Bonnie! That cardinal looks hand painted. What a fabulous effect! Snow? We are grateful when it doesn't snow and other than Christmas we've been spared. I do love the snow you added to this card.

HilaryJane said...

your cardinal is beautiful, I am glad you persevered. Perfect splatters too xx

Trina P. said...

Way to persevere after your first attempt. This is so beautiful… it should be framed! I’m always impressed with your inking/spritzing/stamping technique.

Darlene said...

Oh Bonnie this is just beautiful! LOVE the snow and your coloring turned out fabulous! Such an inspiring winter design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Peace On Earth challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


Leslie Miller said...

This is so so beautiful, Bonnie! You did an amazing job on the coloring. I never would have imagined going from disaster to fabulous after only one attempt. Love your frantage snow, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D.

Lisa Elton said...

Oh my goodness is this ever beautiful, Bonnie! Your water coloring is marvelous and I love the little snow splatters!

Susan said...

I love cardinals - sure wish we had them out here on the west coast. Beautifully coloured with the "markers to stamp" technique. And I always love Chunky White Frantage to create snow.

nancy littrell said...

Absolutely Stunning watercolored stamped Cardinal image, Bonnie. Love all your added snow, colors and stamped Winter foliage. So much Winter beauty and texture, my friend. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

kiwimeskreations said...

Stunning card Bonnie, the frantage is the perfect 'finish' to it - I too am so glad that card has two sides :)

Diane said...

Wow, a stunningly beautiful card!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D and Peace On Earth!
Diane DD and POE Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Double D}
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Barbara said...

Wowzer! This is fabulous and I love everything about it. I am going to pin it for future reference. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D Challenge. Hope to see you again.

Marcia Hill said...

I have a hard time believing your first try was a disaster Bonnie, but I'm always glad there are two sides to paper too! Your Cardinal turned out beautifully, and I love seeing them against the snow here!! (it's snowing as I type!) I love the chunky white frantage too and don't know why I never remember to pull mine out and use it! Thanks for reminding me!! Lovely, lovely card my friend! Hugs. :0)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Cardinals are another kind of things in nature I've never seen in my life.
Your cardinal is so beautiful, especially the shades of red of the feathers! The snowy scene you created for him is perfect and serene.
Hideko xx

Christine Alexander said...

your cardinal is so beautiful Bonnie, he looks so regal ♥

TK said...

He's a handsome dude for sure, and beautifully done! I can't believe this is your second side because he's perfect.
As for the snow? We had PLENTY early on, and we've been cold but dry every since. I too love snow but having to go to the shop multiple times a day became very tiring in the deep snow - glad all those issues are gone!

Vicky Hayes said...

Such a beautiful card Bonnie! The leaves and berries and frantage show the cardinal off wonderfully! Vicky x

Brenda said...

This card is gorgeous Bonnie! I love watching cardinals in the winter too, you can really see them. But enjoy them in the summer months as well. They are just beautiful birds. Your cardinal is gorgeous with the way you colored him, so life like! Love the "snow". No snow here yet this winter either. Hugs, Brenda

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My Paper Epiphany said...

Such a beautiful card! You are lucky to have these gorgeous birds in your garden!

Lorraine said...

A stunning card Bonnie - love it.
Thanks for joining this months PBSC
Lorraine x

BożenA said...

Your coloring looks like the bird is just cleaning its feathers and is a bit ruffled. The feeling is really amazing! Lovely card, Bonnie