A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Chickadees and Cardinals

I live in Vancouver, Canada, and we get tons of chickadees here, but sadly no cardinals.  Cardinals are the ultimate bird for Christmas cards so I always do some cards with them, but in honour of my local birds, I also do some with chickadees on them.  Today I've got both to show you.

First up, cardinals:

I love this old Northwoods stamp and it works perfectly for some blank gold cardbases I have. It's very basic card - stamped, coloured, and sponged around the edges of the image. Then bordered with some red. And a bit of glitter added to the snowy parts of the branches.

Then two versions of the same chickadee, using one of my favourite Christmas stamps:

Both are stamped on watercolour paper and coloured using Inktense pencils.

The first one I die cut and kept in the die so that I could sponge around it.  The dp I used adds a sentiment to the card.  I kept the second version more muted to go with the dp I chose to use for it.  I die cut a circle frame and layered it all together and added a sentiment attached with twine.

All three are for the October theme of birds over at the SCS Christmas Card Challenge.


Northwoods stamp, blank long gold cardbase (8.25"x4"), white and red cs, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Distress Antique Linen ink, markers, glitter

Chickadee Version One:
SU Beautiful Season, PTI Vintage Cream, watercolour paper, Hot off the Press dp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Distress Antique Linen and Scattered Straw inks, watercolour paints, Spellbinders label

Chickadee Version Two:
SU Beautiful Season, PTI Vintage Cream, watercolour paper, Echo Park dp, circle dies, label die, red twine


  1. Beautiful "bird" Christmas cards Susan. Especially love the colourful cardinals paired with the gold card base. xx

  2. A beautiful pair of cardinals! They are so elegant with the gold card! And the chickadees are delightful! I love chickadees as much as cardinals! And good for you using some of that DP!


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