A Way With Words

Christmas Love

December 25, 2015


Hello and Merry Christmas!!!

It’s Wanda here and I hope you are having a wonderful day! Unexpectedly (and we are thrilled) our daughter has made it home for Christmas and our youngest son is here today.  We celebrated last night with our oldest son who got married this year.

It seems fitting to share a Christmas project on Christmas Day.  I’ve made a card but this design could easily translate to a small canvas or home décor project.  The card itself could even be framed.


How I created the card:

1) Cut 2 pieces of Soft Finish Cardstock – One 5 ½” x 8 ½” and fold it in half for the base card – One 4” x 5 ¼” to layer and ink this piece with both Distress Inks, focusing Cracked Pistachio in the upper left corner and Festive Berries around all the other edges.  Attach layer to card.

2) Tear music from an old (rescued, damaged) hymnal, paint with Picket Fence Distress Paint, dry; paint again and dry.  This mutes the writing and sends it to the background.

3) Emboss music paper, ink with Cracked Pistachio going darker in the upper left corner, flick with Festive Berries Ink in the lighter areas and blot off.  Attach music paper to card.

4) Die cut 3 sets of the poinsettia leaves (complete flowers and extra leaves) plus 3 more large extra leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock.  Ink edges of one complete flower and 3 large extra leaves with Cracked Pistachio.  Ink edges of two complete flowers and all other extra leaves with Festive Berries. Shape leaves from the back using shaping mat and tools. Attach three complete flowers together with small brad.  Spray assembled complete flowers and extra leaves with Perfect Pearls Mist; dry.


5) Attach flower to card and glue in extra leaves with gel medium.

6) Cut Love and Exclamation Point from Shimmer Sheetz backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive. Reminder: a Metal Adapter Plate must be used to cut Shimmer Sheetz.  Els has a video regarding this HERE.  Attach pieces to card as shown.


7) Color gumdrop with Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Ink. When dry glue to poinsettia with gel medium.



Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1165 A Way With Words, Love

1154 A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1

1090 Garden Notes – Poinsettia

KB104 Damask Embossing Folder

100lb Soft Finish Cardstock, White

Shimmer Sheetz, Red Metallic

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

803 Metal Adapter Plate

Large Molding Pad

Tool Set



Music Page from old Hymnal

Distress Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Festive Berries

Distress Paint – Picket Fence

Distress Spray Stain – Festive Berries

Idea-ology Gumdrops

Ranger Alcohol Ink – Sunshine Yellow

Perfect Pearls Mist – Perfect Pearl

Golden Heavy Gel Medium, matte

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  • Reply quietfire December 29, 2015 at 11:36 am

    So quiet and calming! Gorgeous subtle elements. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply wandahentges December 26, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Thanks so much, Elizabeth Craft Designs!!! I just love “Love” from the shimmer sheetz!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply wandahentges December 26, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Thank you, Pamela!!! Old music is wonderful to use in projects!!!

  • Reply Elizabeth Craft Designs December 25, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful card Wanda. So elegant!

  • Reply Pamela Shadwick December 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Love the use of old music sheets. I’ve always thought about Xeroxing a song and then using it.

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