Thursday, October 13, 2016

Joy to the World

I recently received Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal and wanted to make a card to enter into their Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  I have always loved clear cards, so that is where I started.

HA Holiday Card challenge

supplies: white, blue-green, and watercolor cardstock, acetate, Hero Arts Color Layering Cardinal, Joy Stamp & Cut die and stamps, Stunning Snowflakes woodblock background,  distress inks, Stazon Cotton White ink, Wplus9 Holiday Boughs, mini Misti

I started by stamping some pine sprigs in various green and broken china distress inks onto watercolor paper, then spritzed them with water slightly to blend the colors and let them run into the white spaces.  When dry, that panel was trimmed and affixed to a white card base.

watercolor panel

I then stamped the snowflakes onto an acetate card using Stazon white ink and inserted the watercolor card underneath, using double-stick tape on the back to hold them together.  To finish I stamped and fussy-cut my cardinal, and added him along with my die-cut and stamped sentiment.  It's really easy, especially with my Mini Misti, to line up the various layers for this gorgeous stamp!

Hero Arts Holiday card challenge

This challenge runs from now until November 15, and there are FIVE $50.00 shopping sprees with free shipping up for grabs!! 


  1. Stunning card Lin ! I love your design and what a great idea the acetate panel above the gorgeous background you've made ! This robin stamp is really beautiful ! Love everything. Thanks for sharing.
    Izzy Scrap

  2. Simply stunning! What beautiful work, Jo x

  3. Gorgeous cardinal, Lin, and I love the pine background and snowflake overlay!!

  4. What a pretty background!! This is marvelous Lin!

  5. Oh Lin I must be late here as two of the photos are no longer available :-(. The background one I can see looks intriguing and beautifully coloured.

  6. Oh, Lin, I absolutely love this clear front card! Wow! I've seen many, but this is one of the most beautiful! I love the gorgeous background and how you've stamped the snowflakes on the acetate. And then adding the cardinal on top with the sentiment and "joy" die...gorgeous! This may make me try to make one of these. And I totally agree about our MISTI tools. Aren't they the best? It's one of those tools that we can't imagine living without now, right? Hugs!

  7. Fabulous, that red cardinal is wonderful on that backdrop.

  8. Lin, this is beautiful! Love the pop from the Cardinal! Thanks for joining the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge❄️

  9. The background is really amazing! And combining with snowflakes on acetate is a genius idea.


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