Continuing with the watercoloring on stamps I went back to the image of the two birds in the pines. I have colored these up as bluejays before since that is what we have locally, but for Christmas I decided to go with the cardinals as the stamp is designed for.
I used the ink from Distress markers again, three reds and two greens. I used a dark yellow directly from the marker for the beaks.
The first one got sage bordering and a strip of glittered stripe as an accent. I used aplastic sticker for the sentiment.
The second one uses the same background paper and strip but I bordered with dark green and added a gold peel-off sentiment.
These birds are very time consuming to paint but the result is very regal.