Friday 13 November 2020

Joy To The World


For Day 11 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter J 
I have chosen J for Joy.

The centrepiece of this card is the embossing folder Joy To The World which I got in a random goodie bag earlier in the year from Crafter's Companion. (Every time I say 'Joy To The World' in my head I am singing the hymn. I haven't heard it it sung it since I was in the school choir)

I embossed it onto some green Core'dinations cardstock and sanded it back to reveal the white core.

Using Promarkers I coloured the embossed areas to bring out against the background. I used a gold gilding wax to go round the shapes. The shine is shimmer looks a bit more subtle than in this photograph (so hard to get the lighting right at this time of year 😞)

I distressed the edges with a black ink pad and matted onto gold and red card.

The base is a sheet of A4 cream card and I used a damask patterned paper for the background. The card felt like it was going down a vintage style look and I tried lots of different paper combinations until I opted for this. I selected some nice ribbons that had a delicate shimmer and were not a solid block of colour. The bow arrangement started off with a solid gold lame bow that was recycled. I fed in strips of  very pale green ribbon and added a poinsettia underneath to create a contrast as it got lost otherwise.

The main poinsettia is many layers of flower forming foam that have been cut with some dies from Crafter's Companion. The gold berries have been recycled from posh Christmas Crackers and I added some of the red ones I bought from The Range.

I went food shopping with my Mother in Law yesterday and surprised the hell out of her because I bought myself a poinsettia plant. I used to absolutely hate them so she really could not get over me buying one. I think as I am getting more into gardening I recognise they add such vibrant colour in the dull winter months. Having read the care instructions it is likely I will probably kill it so here is a picture of it looking healthy LOL

Card Details -

Size – A5
Embossing FolderJoy To the World (Crafter’s Companion)
Paper - At Christmas Time (Papermania)
Colouring Medium – Promarkers, Gold gilding Wax (Pebeo)
EmbellishmentsHoliday Hues Flower forming foam & Stamens (Crafter's Companion), ribbon, beaded berries, ribbon, bow

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Thanks Mandy for entering at Allsorts with this lovely Christmas Card.
    Lynn x

  2. I love the idea of colouring the embossed image Mandy, I've never thought to do that before. Yours is actually the second card I've seen today that features coloured embossing... I feel like I've been missing something! Great idea to sand back the card stock, it has given your project a lovely vintage look that works beautifully with the holly image. I love the addition of the poinsettia and berries too.

  3. Hi Mandy,
    that is a very wonderful card and your design is so lovely.
    Love the vintage look to this with all the colours and work.
    Such a pretty poinsettia and your other corner element is very pretty also.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  4. Beautiful Christmas card! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Try it on Tuesday with this lovely creation. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Designer for Try it on Tuesday {My Blog}

  5. Absolutely beautiful card Mandy love the embossing and great Vintage result.Thank you for joining us at Unicorn
    Carol DT x
    Yes I sang it too lol
    carol x

  6. Gorgeous card Mandy the embossing is lovely thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  7. Lovely card Mandy. It has a real vintage feel to it. I like that you made the sentiment the focus of the card.

    1. I'm finally back with my DT hat on! Thank you for entering the Gratitude Challenge at Path of Positivity.

  8. This is just gorgeous Mandy! I love the 'Old World' feeling it gives! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  9. What a great elegant and sophisticated card - it's awesome! Thanks for entering our ATG challenge at the Catch the Bug blog - good luck in the draw!
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  10. A lovely Christmas card, it's a fabulous embossing folder.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday.
    Avril xx

  11. Lovely card.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts.
    Welcome again;-))m

  12. Mandy, this is a lovely traditional card. So beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x

  13. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "Anything Goes" challenge.

  14. Very pretty card. Great traditional colors and so glad you shared over at Crafty Sentiments (and Cardz 4 galz, Catch the bug)

  15. Mandy, your cards are always so beautifully crafted and such an inspiration.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Jan’s Digital Stamp Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx
    Jan’s Digital DT
    Cat Crazy Craft Corner – My Blog

  16. Oh this is so beautiful Mandy! Yes, it has a warm vintage feel to it. Wonderful embossed message and your colour choices are beautiful. I love what you've done with your little bow and your recycled berries. Your new poinsettia is gorgeous! I had a good giggle at the fact that it had to be photographed now, just in case it dies. It's almost a guaranteed fact that plants will die in my house. I am utterly useless at keeping them alive. Thanks for sharing this with us at Morgan's Artworld

  17. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  18. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn. Have a nice day,.. Succes!!
    DT Anneke

  19. Very pretty card! Sanding back the embossing makes it look vintage. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge.

  20. Fabulous creation

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Cardz 4 Galz' this fortnight
    Stay safe
    Hugs Shell xx

  21. Super card!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  22. Wow!! Absolutely stunning!!!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  23. Love this! Great embossing folder and those poinsettias are beautiful. Thanks for joining the challenge at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTSCB

  24. Wonderful card! I love the vintage feel to it! Thank you for joining us at Penny's - Good Luck x

  25. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry CT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  26. That is absolutely gorgeous. I love it. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  27. Lovely work!
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene CT

  28. Love this! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge.

  29. Beautiful - a lovely vintage feel.

    Thanks for joining us at the Arty Divas Challenge.

    Helen x

  30. Mandy, What a magnificent vintage feel with the embossed sentiment distressed with the gold raised impressions. The floral embellishments pop! Thank you for sharing your classic creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Have a safe and healthy Holiday Season.
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  31. Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog.

    Helen x


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