In Honor of the Great Backyard Bird Count

In honor of this weekend’s 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count, I wanted to highlight my greeting card of the week here at Smoky Mountain Leaf Works.

I have been an amateur birder for about 10 years now and my interest grows each year. I enjoy birdwatching virtually everywhere, whether it’s in the passenger seat of our truck going down the road or sitting on the front porch sipping some tea. My love of birds has appeared in my leaf art designs as I create birds from the beautiful Smoky Mountain area autumn leaves.

I have always liked cardinals, or redbirds, as some call these brilliant red creatures. They somehow manage to look regal and eye you with disdain when disturbed. One thing that really intrigues me about these lovely birds is “mate-feeding.” The male will feed the female, as I have often observed at my birdfeeders. It seems like such a tender and loving gesture. I wanted to capture that in my leaf art so here is the result:


The Smoky Mountain area autumn leaves have been pressed and then preserved to retain their colors for a long time. The bodies of the cardinals are brilliant maples and the masks are from Sweet Gum leaves. This sweet pair is mounted on cream and then bright green scrapbook stock and placed on a recycled cream greeting card. The inside is blank for a personal message to commemorate any special occasion. A matching envelope is included and both card and envelope come in a clear plastic sleeve to protect the delicate leaves.  After use as a greeting card, this lovely piece of artwork may be framed for lasting beauty. Retail price is $6.00 plus shipping.

See more bird designs and other creative works of art at


About Cindy A. Johnson

I live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I love to read, work in my flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping. I also like to watch wildlife, including my cats and dog (ha!). I write online articles on a variety of subjects. Check out my book reviews at:, wonderful nature stuff at and assorted articles on interesting stuff at My first ebook was published in January 2012: "Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents." Check out the blog at
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