Handmade Christmas Cardinals Greeting Cards with MFT Stamps - Video Tutorial by Yana Smakula #mftstamps #cardmaking #christmascard

MFT Stamps | Christmas Cardinals Cards! Video

Hello, friends. How is this already the end of September? I refuse to believe it is already Fall (although, how funny is that because I am already making Christmas cards. Oh well). Welcome back for another My Favorite Things tutorial. Have you seen the Christmas Cardinals stamp set from MFT yet? If not, you have to check it out. Possibly the funniest Christmas stamp set ever. I know I’ll be using this one for years and years to come.

Handmade Christmas Cardinals Greeting Cards with MFT Stamps - Video Tutorial by Yana Smakula #mftstamps #cardmaking #christmascard

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

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I actually have 2 cards to share today, both using the same stamp set. I love to make as many cards as I can using just one set. Not only does that allow me to challenge my mojo, but it also often shows the creative value of the set. And for this stamp set, that value is off the charts!

CARD DETAILS – BRIGHTER HOLIDAYS

Handmade Christmas Cardinals Greeting Cards with MFT Stamps - Video Tutorial by Yana Smakula #mftstamps #cardmaking #christmascard

Follow these steps to re-create this card:

  • Stamp both Christmas Tree images several times onto Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock using Memento Tudexo Black ink. Use MISTI to make your stamping easier.
  • Stamp Cardinal and branch using the same supplies.
  • Color trees with Copic markers. I used the following:
    • Starting with the darkest color, G99, flick the color from the middle of the tree onto the branches. Use a light hand and a flicking motion.
    • Next, use medium color, G94, flicking more color extending it further into the branches, but not to the end.
    • Finally, used the lightest green, YG03, and extend the flicks to the end of the branches.
    • Used E37 and E33 to color the trunk of the tree brown.
  • Use a white Sakura pen to add snow to the trees.
  • Color the branch and cardinal. I used the following:
    • R22, R24, and R39 to color the Cardinal’s hat red.
    • R24 and R39 to color the berries on the branch red.
    • B000 and B00 to color the body of the bird.
    • R20 to color the belly and cheeks. Use a colorless blender marker to soften the colors.
    • YR15 and YR18 markers to color the beak.
  • Cut these images out using coordinating dies.
  • Arrange tree die cuts to create a forest background on light blue cardstock. Adhere some trees using glue, other with foam squares. Shape the trees a bit with fingers before gluing them down.
  • Adhere background to A2 white card base.
  • White heat emboss the sentiment on the red cardstock panel. Trim to a banner shape and foam mount onto the card.
  • Foam mount branch and cardinal.
  • Add falling snow to the background using a Jane Davenport Story Time Paint Pen.
  • Embellish the card with small clear droplets.

CARD DETAILS – LOTS OF HAPPY WISHES CARD

I have one more card idea to share with you. For this card, I wanted to make a Christmas wreath and place the cardinal in the center.

Handmade Christmas Cardinals Greeting Cards with MFT Stamps - Video Tutorial by Yana Smakula #mftstamps #cardmaking #christmascard

Follow these steps to re-create this card:

  • Stamp 8 holly branches onto Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock using Memento Tudexo Black ink. Use MISTI to make your stamping easier.
  • Color images using 2 sets of green markers.
  • Add highlights using a white Sakura pen.
  • Cut the images out using the coordinating die.
  • Build a wreath using the die cuts. It is helpful to draw a circle shape with a pencil and follow that shape when building the wreath.
  • Stap 8 fern-like leaves in the same black ink and color it using the same Copic markers. Cut out using a coordinating die. Add branches to the wreath.
  • Stamp and color another bird (use the same colors as for the card above), cut out with coordinating die.
  • White heat embossed the sentiment on the red cardstock panel. Trim to a banner shape and foam mount onto the card.
  • Foam mount the bird.
  • Add falling snow to the background using a Jane Davenport Story Time Paint Pen.
  • Embellish the card with small clear droplets.

Handmade Christmas Cardinals Greeting Cards with MFT Stamps - Video Tutorial by Yana Smakula #mftstamps #cardmaking #christmascard

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

My Favorite Things Christmas Cardinals Clear Stamps
My Favorite Things Christmas Cardinals Clear Stamps
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SSS | MFT
My Favorite Things Christmas Cardinals Die Die-namics
My Favorite Things Christmas Cardinals Die Die-namics
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SSS | MFT
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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SSS | AZ
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 80LB Solar White Cardstock
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SSS | AZ
Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock Arctic
Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock Arctic
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red Cardstock
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SSS
Hero Arts Misti Regular Black
Hero Arts Misti Regular Black
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SSS | SC | HA
Misti Stamping Tool
Misti Stamping Tool
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
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SSS
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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SSS | SC | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad
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SSS
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Copic Colorless Blender Marker
Copic Colorless Blender Marker
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker YR15 Pumpkin Yellow
Copic Sketch Marker YR15 Pumpkin Yellow
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SSS | BL
Copic Sketch Marker YR18 Sanguine
Copic Sketch Marker YR18 Sanguine
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SSS | BL
Copic Sketch Marker R20 Blush Pink
Copic Sketch Marker R20 Blush Pink
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker B000 Pale Porcelain
Copic Sketch Marker B000 Pale Porcelain
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker B00 Frost Blue
Copic Sketch Marker B00 Frost Blue
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker YG93 Grayish Yellow
Copic Sketch Marker YG93 Grayish Yellow
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker YG95 Pale Olive
Copic Sketch Marker YG95 Pale Olive
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker YG99 Marine Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG99 Marine Green
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker G99 Olive Green
Copic Sketch Marker G99 Olive Green
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SSS | BL
Copic Sketch Marker E33 Sand
Copic Sketch Marker E33 Sand
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SSS | BL | AZ
Copic Sketch Marker E37 Sepia
Copic Sketch Marker E37 Sepia
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SSS | BL | AZ
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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SSS | SC | AZ | TS
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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SSS | BL | AZ
Sakura Classic White Gelly Roll Pens Set of 3
Sakura Classic White Gelly Roll Pens Set of 3
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SSS | SC | BL
Spellbinders Jane Davenport Snow Queen Story Time Paint Pen
Spellbinders Jane Davenport Snow Queen Story Time Paint Pen
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SSS | SB | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
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SSS
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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SSS | BL
White Foam Squares
White Foam Squares
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ

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5 Comments

    1. What fun cards, Yana! The little bird is so adorable and I love the way you colored it. The pop of red for the sentiment was a great idea and really adds a lot to the card, including an additional cheery feel. Such fun. I’m in the process of trying to buy my first home so I’m on restriction from buying craft supplies until I get to the other side of this process. BUT(!), I am watching what’s coming out this year (using great restraint!) so when I get to the other side of this purchase I have an idea of what I’d like to get for next year’s Christmas cards. Thank you, Yana

    1. Cute cards, loved the blue background. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

    1. Hi Yana 🙂 Your two cards are adorable!!! It’s so easy to follow along with you! You’re a terrific teacher! Thanks for helping us stretch our craft supplies too….especially since I’m not getting out during this time.

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