Sunday, July 21, 2013

Art Philosophy - Cardinal Card

Well, hello! This post has been a long time in the making. Mostly because it took me a long time... to make it. :D  I'd like to thank so many people for the huge success that my little spring chickadee card became! It kind of went from a blog hop, to Pinterest, to some forums, back around again... and I've had loads of requests for "how-to's" and tutorials!

The original chickadee card can be seen here.. and I will be adding a quick link to my side bar as well. I thought that this time around, it might be fun to do a different kind of bird, and make the card for another season. Thus, the cardinal card has been created... and here are all the details.

Both of these cards have been made with parts and pieces from the Close To My Heart - Art Philosophy cartridge. Yes, this is my new favorite, and most used cartridge. More so than "George" even, because it has all and more of the same basic shapes.. plus so many other great things.

Here is my tutorial video, which explains how to put the card together, and also how you can create a system for building your own cards from this great cartridge.

Here is the "recipe" for making the card exactly as it is shown. I'll separate by color, so that you can cut your pieces more easily. One 12x12 sheet of each color is plenty to cut all of the pieces that you need to make this card.

Red Cardstock:
The base is "Square 5" on page 63. Cut two of these at 5"
Also, cut the Square 5 "Layer" for the frame, also at 5"
Cut one bird, pg. 51. Cut the bird at 2", cut two "wings" at 2 1/4 inches and one "wing" at 2"
The 2" wing is the piece that makes his little crest.
(please note, if you have the 6" Cricut machine, you can still make this card. Just cut the wings at 2 1/2" instead.)
Cut one decorative Layer from "Oval 4" on page 52. This makes the frame for your large oval. 2 1/2"
(Or if you prefer, you can cut this one from green. 2 1/2")
Cut some holly berries from page 46, at 1"
Cut one "Deco Layer" from page 56 for the sentiment frame. 1"

White Cardstock:
Cut the "Shape 5" using shift and "Font Layer" from page 64 at 5" - this should be the snow mat. When assembling the card, you'll need to trim the corner bits off of this, so that they don't hang over the edge.
Cut two of the "Square 5" on page 63 to use to line the inside of your card.. 4 3/4" (or 4 1/2"  for the smaller machine.)
Cut one "Oval 4" from pg. 52 - this is the background oval, behind the bird - 2 1/2"
Cut one "Shape 4" from pg.56, this is for your sentiment. 1"

Green Cardstock:
Cut one branch from pg. 43 - cut the "layer" one, it is the one without leaves. 1"
Cut holly leaves from pg. 46 - cut about 5 leaves at 1" and 5 leaves at 3/4"
If you decided you like the green frame better than the red, this is where you should cut one more decorative Layer from "Oval 4" on page 52.

Other CTMH products that I used in the making of this video include:
The sentiment stamp - the set I used is retired :(
Stardust Glitz - The CTMH version of "Stickles" - they are wonderful.
The Rub & Remove Eraser - this is a must-have for getting those gluebers. :)
"Bitty Sparkles" which are the self-adhesive gems. I used a black one and several plain ones.
The little red square pigment pad is a wonderful new product, they distress things so nicely and can also be used for stamping. They are sold in sets of 10, so that you would get one of each of the color families. Look up the "Exclusive Inks" mini pigment pad sets. The one I used is called "Ruby."
The CTMH Bonding Memories glue pen would be a wonderful kind to use for this project. It is very similar to the "Zig" glue that I used in my demonstration.
I'm sure that there are more, I think that you can see my small blue scissors that I use for fussy cutting and a bit of our baker's twine.

I do love all of the CTMH papers that are available, especially because it takes the guess-work out of matching your colors. However, when I am making this kind of intricate, Cricut pieced card, I prefer to use thicker, solid core cardstock with a little bit of texture. CTMH cardstock is currently white core, and it leaves so many white "unfinished" edges that it would be impossible to fix all of the tiny edges in a project of this size. I miss my CTMH solid core cardstock a lot. Just sayin'. :)

If you're interested in learning more about Close To My Heart and this really great cartridge, the best way to go about that is to go to the Close To My Heart website and do a simple little search to find a consultant in your area who can help you find the best way for you to get your hands on one! Many consultants have a website like mine, but they may also be able to help you get your cartridge for 50% off. Well worth it.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my video and instructions. Please subscribe, share, comment or do a little dance if you liked this tutorial today. Leave me some love, or request anything else you would like to know more about, I'll be happy to try to oblige. Hugs!
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Kay Jantz said...

Hi Nancy, stopped in here to your blog via OWH. I like your minions. I have not seen the Despicable Me movies, but I have heard really good things about the most recent. I especially like your birds though. They are beautiful especially the cardinal.
I am a SU demonstrator, but I just might take a peak at your online catalog. I had heard there were changes afoot with CTMH. Anyway I am follow so perhaps you might come check out my blog. I am not so much in to tutorials/videos, but admire those who are. Like you I do like making new friends and that is what I love the most about stamping. I used to scrapbook, but kind of got behind the 8 ball on that so hopefully I will get back to it one of these days! Anyway cute stuff!

Charlene Thompson said...

Nancy, thanks so much for posting videos on how you actually sketch out your card ideas. This helps me tremendously as I have the Art Philosophy and Artfully Sent cartridges and often wonder how to put them to the best use. I will definitely be using your process and I thank you SO much for sharing and making it all seem easy - which is the entire point! I love your cards - especially the bird ones and would love to see you do a bluejay next if you could.