Monday, December 16, 2013

Joy to the World

Hi! This week we are all about stamping at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, in our Stamp Out 2013 challenge, the last challenge of the year. It is simple, just use a stamp, or many stamps.

I made a Christmas card with some new Hero Arts stamps. I really like this World Ornament stamp and it worked perfectly together with one of my favourite sentiments. Stars were repeated four times on the card, stamped on the background, embossed on the white cardstock, two star embellishments, and die cut from a mirror sheet.

The globe was stamped on Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art Modeling Film and coloured at the back with alcohol inks and a alcohol fillable pen marker. I cut the globe out, heated it with my heat gun and shaped it around a ball. Be careful not to burn yourself. The Modeling Film keeps its shape perfectly. It is a favourite product of mine, for example, I used it the other day for a totally different looks on Tim Holtz pre-released Jumbo Tattered Florals die. I punched a hole at the top of the globe and tied with tinsel.

For the background, I used a folded piece of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper and inked it softly with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean. This tiny star background stamp is a new favourite of mine, I love the mix of tiny and small stars and even the tiniest of the stars stamp with perfect detail. It was stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink. The white cardstock is also Specialty Stamping paper and was embossed in the Starry Night folder.

The star border was die cut from a mirror sheet, which looks like a real mirror. The sentiment was stamped with Cornflower Blue ink and cut into a banner. I also added a tinsel border for an even more festive feel. The tree is die cut with the great Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Mod Tree die.

I hope you will join us in our stamping challenge. As always, one participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for looking!

Happy crafting!


Dies: Sizzix: Star Cluster On the Edge; Simon Says Stamp: Mod Tree
Embossing folder: Sizzix: Iron Gate & Starry Night
Ink: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean; Ranger Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack: Lettuce, Meadow, Latte, Stonewashed, Sail Boat Blue
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mirrored Sheets, Mirrored Stars, Silver Tinsel Twine


  1. Fabulous card Anna-Karin! Love all the texture and metallic trim! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!

  2. super card - fab stamping and love the diecuts xx

  3. Anna-Karin...I love your Christmas card. So pretty and so YOU. The starry background paper inked in blue is so pretty and really does create such a lovely background for your world ornament. The little embossed and mirrored stars continue the starry sky theme so well and tie everything together. And speaking of "tying things together", I love your addition of the silver tinsel twine! That is the perfect amount of glitz needed for this little beauty! <3 Candy

  4. Such a wonderful card, Anna-Karin. I love the how you applied different layers of materials. The stamping and embossing are gorgeous!! :)

  5. I love this project! I've been dying to see what you made those stars out of. The suspense was killing me! :) And it was a mirror sheet! Brilliant! This is a beautiful project!

  6. Ohh Anna-Karin, what a wonderful Christmas card! Love all the stars in it. So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  7. I adore how this card turned out! And holy cow- I'd never even HEARD of Modeling Film, so thanks again for inspiring me to get out of my little box and try something new! I love the way the globe turned out and all the elements work beautifully together. That cheesecloth or gauze in the background gives the perfect ethereal effect. Wonderful piece!

  8. That background is a stunning inspiration!!! Looks beautiful.

  9. A lovely card, a lovely sentiment. Joy to you this Christmas.

  10. Super sweet card, Anna-Karin! I love everything about it!! The mixture of textures, design, EVERYTHING :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. What a lovely starry finish to the year - you can't go wrong with turquoise in my book - gorgeous, Anna-Karin - thank you for all the amazing inspiration this year.
    Alison x

  12. Love this card! The color is just beautiful, the globe is fantastic, the stars repeating just makes it perfect. Who wouldn't love to receive this?

  13. Stunning background! I love the stars on the edge! I wish you a Merry Christmas! BArbarayaya

  14. This is just gorgeous! That tone on tone white with the pop of blue? Perfection.

  15. Gorgeous card. Love the blue and whites and the stars flowing across the bottom! Sweet globe too!


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