Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Cardinal's had a hair cut?

Well it's been a busy weekend not that I'm complaining. We popped back to Ashbourne to see family and friends. We soon run out of time with so many things to do with Christmas and Birthdays coming up.

When we got to the bed and breakfast on Saturday night, we were welcomed with a big roaring fire in the bedroom, I should have packed the Bailey's it would have been the perfect setting for sitting and sipping.

So with Christmas in mind I have made a card and tag using the Sizzix Bigz Die Christmas Cardinal. (You could use the Mini Cardinal as well)

But I thought he needed a new hair-do (and a beak trim)

This is how he started out

So in great british tradition the Robin is born....

The background is Sizzix texture fades from the Christmas border and background set, painted with diluted Ranger Gold Dabber as is the Crunchy Wax Kraft Paper which is underneath.

Merry Christmas is stamped onto a Tattered Banner and distressed with Walnut stain.

I have also added ribbon cut from manilla cardstock with the Vintage Lace strip die.

The silver tinsel twine I have tinted with Cranberry and Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink.

The tag below was coloured with Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain, embossed and the raised areas highlighted then covered with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and edged with Walnut Distress ink which soaks into the cracks.

To finish it off top and bottom again I have used Vintage Lace from the Sizzix Strip Die, coloured with gold dabber and distressed with walnut stain.

I painted the robins red breast using barn door reinker (which is like distress stain on steroids) and the rest is a combination of inks and markers and picket fence distress stain.

Oh and I also cut out another Cardinal sorry robin in Indigo Blu's Black cardstock and offset it slightly just to make it pop out more.

Hope you like my little altered bird, thanks for looking in 

Bye for now



  1. Fabulous tags! Love the 'robin' make-over! He looks great!
    Lovely to see you both at the weekend.x

  2. I love how you used a strip of vintage lace die cut paper as ribbon. I just got that die and love it and now I have some new inspiration thanks to you.

  3. Hi Sharon How clever. I love how you made the cardinal into a robin. Fab painting too. Beautiful work. You may just have made a sale for Tim!!!

  4. Beautiful! i love all the colors. this looks fantastic! very nicely done!

  5. Love the card you made with the robin. I like it on teh creamy embossed background and I love how you used the die cut lace as tails on your ribbon trim.

  6. Great tags! Love how you made the robins from the cardinal! Great colors and trims.