Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Two Birds and a Deer

Today I have a Christmas card to share - made using the non-traditional colors of brown and teal.
I used my brand new Prancing Deer and Holiday Word Block dies from Tim Holtz, a Stitched Mat Circle die from Lil Inker Designs -  and the tiny birds were cut using dies from the In The Meadow set from PTI.The wreath was cut with a Nestie Pinking Circle and then I punched a hole out of the middle of it.  I made a slit in the wreath and slipped it around the deers neck, taping it in the back.
I embossed the deer with the beautiful Shabby White Frontage Embossing Powder from Stampendous (it's really glittery and sparkly IRL!) and added two tiny little die cut birds to his antlers.  I made their  eyes with a Black Glaze Pen and added rhinestones to the wreath and as the deers' eye.

 And as art imitates life -  Kent and I saw 3 deer in our backyard Sunday night - I got a picture of one of them just prior to spooking them (I snuck up around the garage from the front of the house) - their movement had turned on our back yard floodlights - otherwise we probably wouldn't have even known they were there!  They were around the bird feeder.  Gosh - they were beautiful - this was the smallest one.  We live in a town of about 26,628, not out in the country, but there is a little woodsy hill behind our house and a small river not too far away that eventually leads to the Lynn Woods about 4 miles away - this is the first year we have ever seen deer in our yard.
 I'm linking my card to the following challenges:
The House of Cards Challenge - Inspiration Photo
Merry Monday - Use a Bird on your Christmas Card
Just Us Girls - Anything Goes
Curtain Call - Clearly Christmas
Inkspirational Challenge -  A Christmas card with a twist - no red or green

Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores - PTI,  Brown - Bazzill Basics
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Shabby White Frantage Embossing Powder - Stampendous, Dies - Prancing Deer and Holiday Word Blocks - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Pinking Circles - Nestabilities, Birds - In the Meadow Die Set - PTI, Stitched Mat Circles - Lil Inker Designs, 5/8" circle punch - EK Success, Rhinestones - Kaiser, foam dots,Glue N Seal.

25 comments:

Deepti said...

This is so pretty :) the blue behind the deer looks awesome and I love those sweet little birdies :)

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW! What a gorgeous card this is! I love those little birdies on the antlers! What a great take on the inspiration photo! Love it, love it, love it!!! Hugs :)

Kelly S. said...

This is a STUNNING card, Julia! I love that deer die! I have one from Basic Grey and have been thinking about dusting it off...I really want to now!

*Vicki* said...

Absolutely gorgeous Julia!! I do love the embossing done on your deer die cut!!

Charlene said...

Beautiful take on the challenge!!

Redanne said...

I wish now that I had chosen those colours for my cards this year, they are gorgeous together! Love the sweet deer in your garden - how fabulous... Hugs, Anne xx

Notes by Nina said...

Beautiful card Julia, I love the colours you used and this little birds are fantastic. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Nancy said...

I LOVE your card!!!! I feel like I should say it again! I LOVe your card! Love Turquoise and brown together Julia! Great job and thanks for sharing your talents with us at Just Us Girls!

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE this! Great color combo. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Judy V said...

Beautiful! Love all the dies you used! Those birds on the antlers are too cute! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards!

Tracey McNeely said...

Julia your dear is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call!

Anja Curvers said...

WoW great I was searching for the birds but found them. Love the colors too.

Mynn xx said...

This is totally GORGEOUS, Julia! LOVE the beautiful dies and the fabulous glittery goodness! Thanks for hopping with us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Just gorgeous Julia! Those colours are striking together, love your interpretation of the photo! The Frantage was a genius and beautiful to gussy up your reindeer! Fabulous! hugs :)

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Julia
Gorgeous card. Your deer (and the real one) is lovely.
Thanks for joining in at House of Cards.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous card Julia. LOVE the combination of bright blue and brown. Your prancing reindeer die is so beautiful and elegant and definitely look like the deer in your picture! Love the texture and pattern from the frantage ---- wow! ... can just imagine how beautiul and sparkly this is in real life. Great special touches with the two small birds and wreath adorning the reindeer. Loll xx

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Absolutely stunning! Love everything about this card.
So glad you are playing with us at INKspirational Challenges for our Christmas Card challenge. Hope you will join us again for our next challenge :)
Pia xx

Maria said...

Gorgeous card with deer and little birds! And, love the photo with the deer!

Angela said...

I saw your card at Merry Monday and just had to stop by to tell you how beautiful it is! You really know how to use those dies...amazing detail...love this!

Debbie Henderson said...

I just love how you interpreted our bird challenge this week. Your card is awesome! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Gorgeous!!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Gorgeous, Julia! The heat embossed deer is stunning! Thanks for linking up at the Curtain Call!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, how pretty Julia. Love the deer and the brown with turquoise.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations on the win at Inkspiration, Julia! I think this beauty will win in all the challenges you entered! Fabulous that you have deer in your back yard and that you got such a cool photo!! Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell

Merethe Arstein said...

Great Card for the Blog Hop at HOC.
Thank you for participating in our December Blog Hop challenge at House of Cards.

Ma :)
House of Cards DT