Stampin’ Up Happy Birthday with a Cardinal

One of my birding friends had a birthday a couple days ago, and this is the card I made for her. This is not her favorite bird, but it is the only one that looks like a specific bird for which I had a stamp. Anyway, who doesn’t like such a pretty, or handsome, Cardinal?

I am playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #386 today. Here is the sketch challenge:freshly made sketches 386And Here is my card.


I struggled a bit with the shape for the angled piece, but after several tries I finally had one that satisfied me. I cut one of this shape in Real Red and another, slightly smaller one in Soft Sea Foam. This one I ran through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. Liquid Glue adhered these together.

Using Thick Whisper White Card Stock as my card base, I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet in Memento Tuxedo Black in the lower right corner. This is a top fold card. The Matted embossed leaves panel was adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

Also using the Memento Ink I stamped the cardinal image (from Divinity Designs, formerly Our Daily Bread Designs) on Whisper White, and used Dark and Light Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends to color it. For the bill and legs I used the Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out.


This was Liquid Glued to a Whisper White circle that I embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder and cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits circle. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the front of the card.

On the inside, a Memento Tuxedo Black sentiment was stamped on the Soft Sea Foam panel, as well as a little butterfly. Both sentiment and butterfly are Divinity Designs. My friend participates in a butterfly monitoring program, so I thought it appropriate.  This panel was adhered to a Real Red mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.


On the opposite side of the fold, I stamped a sentiment from Artistically Asian in Tuxedo Black.

For the envelope, I used a bit of retired Designer Series Paper in a red and white pattern for the flap and stamped another cardinal on the front, coloring it the same as the card.

I hope you enjoy my pretty bird. I am sure my friend will. Thank you for stopping by. Please leave comments below.

If you wish to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up products used for this card, just click on the ‘Shop online button’ at right. It is the one with the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

CARD CUTS: Thick Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Soft Sea Foam: angled panel 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ then cut angles, inside liner 3-3/4″ x 5″; Real Red: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″ then cut angles, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: cardinal 4″ x 4″, circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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4 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up Happy Birthday with a Cardinal”

  1. Julie, this is just lovely. It is so strange in this community…there are no cardinals up front where we live, just woodpeckers, blue jays, osprey, herons, mockingbirds, sand hill cranes, mourning doves, ibis, egrets, ducks, cormorants, wood storks, owls and eagles. BUT in the back where we used to keep our RV and go out there for a glass of wine and to play Yahtzee, we had cardinals and none of the other birds! Eagles, owls, cardinals and hummingbirds are my favorites. When we traveled, cardinals would come to the RV mirrors and make a mess but we didn’t care. Mirrors can be cleaned…beauty is more important. Our friends up north had hummingbird feeders and we would love it when they would hum by our heads! They are such interesting critters. Our other friends lived on a lake and we would listen to the loons and have so much fun watching them in the water. I miss those times although I might go north next year. I think we need to go to the Sandbox and ask SU to do more life-like bird stamps! Your friend will love her card., it’s beautifully designed and stamped.


    1. Wow, Karen! Sounds like you live in a lovely place. I counted 21 species of birds in my yard this morning. Some of them are resident, both year round and summer, (cardinal, blue jay, mourning dove, robin, chipping sparrow, house finch, goldfinch, common grackle, red-winged blackbird, house wren, White-breasted nuthatch, 4 kinds of woodpeckers,rose-breasted grosbeak,meadowlark, ruby-throated hummingbird,black-capped chickadee, eurasian collared dove, house sparrow, european starling, eurasian tree sparrow) and others are just passing through. They may stay a week or 2 before moving on (white-throated sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, yellow-rumped warbler, pine-warbler, etc.) Today was the first day back for the wren and grosbeak. Haven’t seen the orioles yet. As you can tell, I have more grassland and woodland birds. No water of any consequence nearby. Owls nest about a mile away. Also have a couple kinds of hawks in the neigborhood, but I really don’t want them in my yard! Cardinals were my grandma’s favorite. Those listed are not all of what we have here, but it is most of the resident ones. We do have maybe a half dozen more that nest here, and go south for the winter, as do some of those listed above. Going birding tomorrow, hoping to see some migrating warblers that I don’t get in my yard. Thanks for your comments on my card.


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