Christmas Joy Card with Crafty Secrets

Crafty Secrets Nov 25 2013 03  Christmas Joy with Crafty Secrets

Good Monday morning, my friends!  I hope you enjoyed a restful and restorative weekend.  The weather here in North Carolina suddenly turned very cold and windy, which put me in the mood to create this Christmas Joy card with Crafty Secrets.

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This 5″ x 7″ card was pure pleasure to make.  I pulled out my Christmas Joy clear acrylic stamp set from Crafty Secrets along with my Creating with Retro Christmas CD5 and began to play.

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The sweet little holly frame background is from the CD.  I just copied it, pasted into Word and then sized it to 4″ x 6″.  Once it was printed onto white cardstock, I stamped the background with the snowflake stamp using Versamark and heat embossing with glitter embossing powder.

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These fun retro ornaments were stamped in Vermillion and Library Green Archival ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The basic ornaments are “naked” and you get to choose from several different elements and sentiments to stamp into the center.  I stamped with Frost White pigment ink from Color Box, heat embossed to set the ink and then I tapped the whole ornament with Versamark and heat embossed again with UTEE.  This gave them a shiny, glassy look, just like real ornaments.  Fun, right?

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A festive red bow and some stick pins were added to the top left corner.  Just for fun… LOL  I also strung gold and white crochet thread through the ornament tops and twisted it as I added it to the card.  I was just playing…having fun and not stressing too much about making things perfect, but when all was said and done, I was really happy with the results.

Crafty Secrets Nov 25 2013 03  These precious little birds really made me smile.  I stamped them in black Archival ink, heat embossed and then colored in with Distress Markers and a detail waterbrush.  I coated them with Glossy Accents to give them some shine and dimension.  The sentiment is also stamped in black Archival ink, heat embossed and free hand cut into a shape I liked.  I backed it with a bit of glossy teal cardstock.  I mean, it’s Christmas, people…shine, glitter, bling…it’s open season!

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The interior is lined with some red and kraft striped paper I had in my stash.  I stamped another red ornament and cut out a bit of a journal tag from one of my Crafty Secrets Christmas booklets.  These are all on sale right now.  I need to stock up because I use them all the time!  The stamp set is also on sale, and if you want the Retro Christmas collection, it’s also available as a download.  There are so many darling templates, papers, 3-D art pieces and everything you need to make wonderful retro Christmas cards like this one.

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I was having so much fun, I even decorated the envelope.  The back flap is covered and the inside is lined with this same red/kraft striped paper.   So cute together!

So, I’m curious…have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Usually I’m all done by now, but Dale’s hospital stay earlier this month cut my Christmas card creating time waaaaay down and I have very  little made right now.  I hope to work on that over the next few days…and maybe I can actually get some cards out this year.  I really like sending cards through the mail.  It’s such a treat to get something in the mailbox that’s not junk or a bill! 

OK…that’s it for me today.  I’ll try to pop back in soon with another card.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for leaving your comments…I read each and every one of them because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



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6 thoughts on “Christmas Joy Card with Crafty Secrets

  1. Rozy Smith

    Kathy, those little birds are so cute! I love how you used Glossy Accents to had dimension and shine! Another awesome creation! It is cold here in Southern Oregon also, brrrrrrrr.. When I watch the birds at our bird feeder I’ll think of you and your awesome card!

  2. Glenda

    I’m a pushover for little birds! These are so sweet and I love the sentiment! We are 23 degrees this morning and waiting to see what else awaits us in the coming days! Could be a good few days to play!

  3. Missy Smith

    Beautiful card! My Dad loved birds! Unfortunately he is no longer here to watch them with me. We would sit outside & watch them all day long! He even had them in his flower arrangements at his funeral(Even though the lady who did his flowers had no idea he loved them!!)there were 4 of them in it! So all 4 of his grandkids put them in his coffin! On my birthday (Which is November 21st). Most birds are already gone for the winter! But I heard them just a chirping on my front porch! But it truly sounded like they were in my house! I think my Dad was saying I am still here! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! So, birds have a special meaning to me! Thank you for sharing this with us! For it has a special place in my heart for me! Merry Christmas Dad!

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