A wonderful woman from church that I greatly admire asked me to design a card with her new The Sounding Joy stamp set.  She also requested  I use green, burgundy and cream.  In Stampin' Up! language, that meant to me Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy and Very Vanilla.  Intense pressure, but I was sure I could handle it. 🙂


My goal for this wonderful lady was to design a Christmas card that was simple to stamp but look elegant.   Take a look at the card I will be showing her this evening.



On my first attempt I stamped the star with Always Artichoke Classic Ink with the "Let the Earth Receive Her King" over top with Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink.  The Bravo Burgundy did not stand nearly as well as I desired.  So, back to the drawing board.  Well, it wasn't that dramatic.  I simply did what I almost did to start:  I inked the star stamp in Always Artichoke Classic Ink, stamped it lightly onto my Grid Paper (keeps my stamping table clean) and then stamped it in the center of the 3" x 3" Very Vanilla card stock.



The verses to Joy to the World are still readable with the greeting standing out well against it.  So pretty. 


So, now I have a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" focal point for my card.  I needed balance.  With the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card opening from the side, it left plenty of room for a greeting at the bottom.  But, I didn't need a greeting.  My next instinct was to use my Big Shot to emboss it.  Quick, easy and elegant.  But, she doesn't have a Big Shot.  What to do, what to do?  Back to the drawing board with a dramatic sigh.


With a turn of the card so it opens at the bottom, I still needed some balance.  Thought of ribbon but dismissed the idea for a couple of reasons.  Then I decided to try stamping the Joy stamp in repetition, as shown.  It was obvious the entire stamp would not be visible, but as long as I could get the Joy to show I would be happy.  As you can see, little happy dance.



Stamps, ink, paper can make for a fast, easy and elegant handmade Christmas card.  Can't wait to see if she likes it.  If it weren't going to be her Christmas cards for this year, I sure would be tempted to use it as mine. 


Naturally I would love to take full credit for the elegance of this handmade card, but most of the credit has to go to the artist who designed it.  Don't you think it would almost be impossible to make and ugly card with The Sounding Joy stamp set?


The Sounding Joy is a limited-edition stamp set from the 2011 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog and available for a limited time.  If you would like to purchase The Sounding Joy while it is still available, order it in my online store now!


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