Saturday, December 12, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Winter Release Cards

Happy Holidays everyone! I've been busy working with the latest Hello Bluebird release and wanted to share a few cards I've finished.  This release is packed with super adorable stamp sets and dies for creating winter themed projects, however I did manage to use one of the sets for a Christmas card.  

First up is a winter themed slimline card featuring Snow Day and the Winter Walk Scene die.  I decided to use soft pinks and greens for this scene.  This card could easily be used as Christmas card simply by adding a holiday greeting.  

I started by die cutting the Winter Walk Scene out of white card stock.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to add color and shading to the pieces.  I used a combination of Bundled Sage and Cracked Pistachio for the sky.  The mountains are 3 layers of ink.  First a light coat of Worn Lipstick.  Then I applied a light layer of Walnut Stain.  Lastly I blended on a heavy coat of Pumice Stone. This triple layer of Oxide inks give the mountains a lovely soft brown tint.  The snow drifts and mountain tops are shaded with a dusting of Speckled Egg.  
Copics used to color the stamped images are listed below.
  • bear - E40, E41, E42, R00, R20, R21, G43, G46
  • hedgehog - E70, E71, E74, E77, E41, E42, R00, R20, G40, G43, G46
  • squirrel - E30, E31, E35, E40, R00, R20, R22
  • owl - E70, E71, E74, E40, YR20, YR21, R00, G40, G46
  • bunny - W0, W1, W4, R00, R20, R21, G43
  • fox -  E11, E13, E15, E40, R00, G40, G43

For this next card, I have used Feed the Birds to create a thank you card.  Again, by changing the greeting, I think this card could be used for holiday or other occasions.  I also tried out a new to me color combo with lavender and navy.  

I didn't want to detract from the colors on the images so I chose to use a neutral kraft background.  I frosted the outer edges of the kraft panel with white pigment ink and then gave it a generous splatting of white paint.  I die cut the trees and snow drifts with Winter Woods Overlay die.  

Copics used to color the images are listed below.

  • squirrel - W0, W1, E40, E41, R00, R20
  • birds - E40, E41, E43, E44, R00, R20
  • seeds and bag - E40, E43, W0, W1
  • lavender color on birdhouse & clothes - V91, V93, V95
  • navy on clothes, scarf, & hat - BV23, BV25, BV17
  • white area shading - C0, C1, C3
  • snow on birdhouse - B0000, B000
  • girl's skin tones - E000, E00, E02, 
  • girl's hair - E30, E31, E34

For this last card, I used the Long Distance stamp set to create Christmas card.  I really struggle with making masculine cards especially for Christmas.  My goal with this card design was keeping it very classic so I could use to give to my Dad or brother.  

I started with a simple red and black check background.  I stamped the gingham with black ink onto red card stock.  I used the Country Gingham stamp for this. It's my all time favorite background stamp.  It's out of stock at Hello Bluebird right now, but I'm hoping they will bring it back for 2021.   

I then colored a die cut oval with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and splattered with white paint.  I added little clusters of die cut Pine Boughs. Next I added the squirrels and tree branches from Long Distance.  I stamped the sentiment also from Long Distance.  To customize this card for the holidays, I added the Merry Christmas.  This stamp is from Merry Pigs.  To complete this design, I added some twine to connect the cans. 

Copics used to color the images are listed below.
  • squirrels - E30, E31, E35, W1, YR30, R00, R20
  • cans - C1, C3
  • branches - E41, E43


  1. These are just beyond adorable!! You do such beautiful work Leanne! ~Julie


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