****Notice: It was several weeks later that I noticed that I did not add the black band right above the cardinal's beak. Ooops! Oh, well! A boo-boo that slipped by me. LOL
I tried to create a similar design using the inspiration challenge photo below.
And this is the die I used called Winter Cardinal which was used for the focal image on my thinking of you card.
I used pattern papers from Gina K. Designs and the bluish circle was cut out with a Marvy circle punch and added to the striped pattern paper. Over the circle I glued the Winter Cardinal die cut which was colored in with Bic Mark-It alcohol ink pens.
The sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps and is on the 3 Step Hearts & Roses LRGC 006 set. I fussy cut the banner for the sentiment from ivory card stock.
I love the look of cardinals and realized that they don't have to be used just for Christmas cards as they are around much of the winter in their pretty red coats.
Thanks for stopping in and if I don't get back to blogging anymore this year I hope all of you will have a wonderful New Year.