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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

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Stampin' Up! So Very Merry cardinal card by Angie McKenzie (1) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

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Hello and welcome to my blog!  Today I am hopping with the NEW AT SU! Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world who are full of creative paper crafting ideas to share with you and get you crafting!  Today we are showcasing products from the Online Exclusives .

Today's project is all about nature!  I love nature and am surrounded by it every day.  When I saw the So Very Merry Stamp Set I fell in love with the stained glass images.  The majority of this year's Christmas cards that I send will be featuring these beautiful images.  So I decided to play with the stamp set today as an every day theme!  **Please note that this stamp set has been so popular that it is currently unavailable, but more are expected the week of July 31st.

Stampin' Up! So Very Merry cardinal cards by Angie McKenzie (2) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Creating this stained glass background was fun!  So it will be fun to create similar backgrounds with the other images, too. 

Project Details... the 2-3/8" Circle Punch was used to start the process of creating the cardinal backgrounds.  Two circles from Stitched Shapes Dies were die-cut at the same time on a 4" square of Basic White Cardstock.  Placing the circles as close to the center prior to die-cutting created the frame for one card and the negative frame layer for the other.  

Stampin' Up! So Very Merry stained glass cardinal card by Angie McKenzie | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

A Copic Multiliner Water & Copic Proof Pigment Ink SP 0.1 Pen was used to add the random lines in the background.  Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the image and the die-cut circle.  The Basic Borders Dies were used to create the sentiment layer featuring the clear embossed Around the Bend sentiment.  The leaf branch from the Mini Pocket Envelope Dies (currently an Online Exclusive) were die-cut and colored with coordinating Stampin' Blends.  A Sweet Sorbet circle and some Linen Thread rounded up the arrangement on the Timeworn Type embossed Crumb Cake layer which was easily roughened for additional texture.  The Crumb Cake card base was randomly stamped with the So Very Merry leaves stamp.  A few Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots were the finishing touch to this special card. 

Inside look at the So Very Merry cardinal card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was stamped and layered to compliment the card front.  A sponge dauber came in handy to add a bit of aging to the Basic White Cardstock which allows plenty of room to correspond to the recipient.  The Basic White Medium Envelope front and flap were stamped to complete the card ensemble.

Stampin' Up! So Very Merry cardinal square card by Angie McKenzie | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The die-cut negative image from the previous card was trimmed down evenly around the circle.  The 2-3/8" Circle Punch created the cardinal background once again.  The negative layer was ink embossed with one of the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders from my stash of embossing folders which I thought were all current (oops!).  A layer of Vellum Cardstock softened the cardinal image colored with Stampin' Blends Markers.  The Charming Sentiments sentiment was white heat embossed and fussy cut - thankfully, there are coordinating dies should you not wish to fussy cut.  Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems added a finishing touch to the card front.

Inside peek of the So Very Merry cardinal square card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was layered and embossed to compliment the card front leaving plenty of room for a short note to the recipient.  The Basic White Medium Envelope flap was embossed to complete the card ensemble. 

Stampin' Up So Very Merry cardinal cards by Angie McKenzie | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More inspiration is just around the corner.  I hope you have been inspired to create some every day cards with this amazing new Online Exclusive So Very Merry Stamp Set to share with someone to make their day brighter.  Now it's time to continue along the blog hop - you're currently with me, Angie McKenzie, at #13 - to get more inspiration from the others... so look at the list below and continue along.  But before you do, please take a moment to leave a comment before you hop along to the next post.  We love reading your comments!

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Up close look at the stained glass cardinal card | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks Bundle; Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Heat Tool; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Stampin' Dimensionals; Bone Folder


  • So Very Merry Photopolymer Stamp Set  (Online Exclusive - Coordinates with the 2-3/8" Circle Punch); Around the Bend Photopolymer Stamp Set


  • Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad; Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad; VersaMark Pad; Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie and Bronze & Ivory Stampin' Blends Combo Packs


  • Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam, Sweet Sorbet, Vellum and Basic White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Basics Embossing Powders; Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, Wintry 3D Embossing Folders (retired); Mini Pocket Envelope Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, 2-3/8" Circle Punch; Linen Thread; Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots, Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems

tams# 82251 - Square
tams# 82254 - Stained Glass

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.



  1. Angie! I love your stain glass cardinal! It reminds me of my years in Ohio! Beautiful card!

    1. Thanks so much, Rachael! Yes, nothing like state bird... miss having you close! x

  2. Such pretty cards! I love the added lines and colourscheme of the first card, and the soft colours and clean look of the soft green card!

  3. Beautiful cards as always Angie. I like how you've created non-Christmasy cards. Like the border on the first card and the vellum on the second. xx

    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle! Thrilled that we both selected the same stamp set. xx

  4. Fabulous cards, Angie! Inside and outside. I think the aperture card is my fave. Thanks for sharing this!💕

  5. Thanks for showing us that this songbird isn't just for Christmas! Both cards are beautiful works of art.

  6. What a lovely, subtle colour palette, Angie! That image is good for so many things! But for colour texture and general sense of peace, this card won me over!

  7. Oh my! another reason to invest in this set. Beautiful thank you


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