Each year I'm flattered because I'm asked to post cards early for inspiration and as examples. Making cards is second nature to me and I'm only to happy to share my ideas. For each Holiday I try to pick several theme images and do several different cards using these images. For Christmas this year I wanted to use a lot of red: so I picked cardinals.
The first card uses an old green rhinestone 3D frame and a very intricate 3D cardinal sticker with flowers and text. Just two stickers simply layered can look very beautiful.
The second card has several stickers and a simple strip of red paper layered together to create the final image. I started with the epoxy Christmas ornament sticker to which I added a second sprig of ivy at the top. I connected the ornament to the top of the card using a strip of red paper. Then I added a cardinal sticker over the top of all of them. The text is a gold sticker that I colored with a red marker.
The third card, like the second one, has several stickers and a simple strip of red paper layered together to create the final image and the basic design is the same as before as well. Start with a wreath and then use a strip of red paper to connect it to the top of the card. To add to the 3D effect I added several small epoxy flower stickers to the wreath. I finished the design with another cardinal sticker and red colored text.
Simple is sometimes better and a bright splash of contrast can work wonder to draw the eye to the image ... which nature always provides perfect examples of, in this case: the cardinal!