November 25, 2013


While making Thanksgiving cards, thoughts about the upcoming holidays kept popping up. One thing led to another and an idea for an Advent card came to mind beginning from a glassine bag by Melissa Phillips that had stayed with me.

The card is going to my two young great-nieces who love the colors purple and pink, which works out perfectly for an Advent card. I planned on sending it to them the third week of Advent so that I could use the word “joy” on it. The die cut is glittered using Heather’s MIM#141, applying glitter via heat embossing. After several attempts at different variations, I ended up mixing fine glitter into clear embossing powder and heating that. It required extra heat to melt, so the paper did get scorched. I’m sure that Ayla and Zoe won’t notice.

I don’t like to push my beliefs on others, but, since this is an Advent card, it really needed a verse or prayer that had something to do with Advent. (My niece and her family are the same religion as I, so I wasn’t concerned with insulting them in any way.) The prayer that I had on hand was too advanced for my great-nieces, so the Internet came to the rescue. I found a song, sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, that hit just the note I wanted.

So often cards do not turn out the way I imagine, but this surpassed my imagination. It shares a message of faith while being fun and girly. Even better, when I showed the card to my daughter, she started crying. No, I am not a horrible mother. It was the reason for her tears that touched me. Brianna immediately thought of my mom when looking at the card and shared, “Grandmรจre would have loved this card. It would have brought a smile to her face.” And that is one of the reasons why I make cards.



Steph Hilt said...

Oh my goodness Nancy, what a beautiful card for your great-nieces. Such attention to detail in your design. Your commentary about your design Your daughter's response to the card brought a tear to my eyes. Thank you for sharing the card and your story!

Amy Papale said...

Beautiful card! Love the layers & dimension!!

Marybeth said...

I love it too! This is a gorgeous stamped on vellum card! Your Advent prayer is beautiful. Looks like this card touched a lot of special memories. I love how God works. TFS