Wow – Another Christmas Card?

I didn't realize I had made so many Christmas cards!  I think I'm almost finished – and everyone will get a "one-of-a-kind!"  Here's another "Christ Is Born" card –

Christ_is_born2 Just like the one a couple days ago, it uses chalk (Stampin' Pastels).   These are a great way to get all 48 colors at a reasonable price!  You can do so much with them.  E-mail me or leave a comment, and I'll send you a Stampin' Pastels tip sheet!

I stamped the image in VersaMark on Handsome Hunter card stock, then embossed with white embossing powder.  After I heated it, I used the pastels to color over the powder.  It's ok if you get "outside the lines," because when you're finished, you take the eraser that comes with the Stampin' Pastels and erase over the image (and around it, to clean up stray chalk).  It kind of "buffs up" the color.  I added another coat after I buffed it; I wanted it a little darker.  Just a quick FYI:  If you use a blender pen with the pastels, they don't erase!

The layers are Real Red, Handsome Hunter and More Mustard Patterns DSP.  The layer at the bottom of the card is Soft Holly wheeled in black ink.  The I added a little chalk to the leaves and berries.  I sealed this with a little aerosol hair spray so it wouldn't smear.

I used a Handsome Hunter marker to color the stamp for Ps. 96:11.  It's on long lines and wouldn't fit the layer, so I used a marker and split it up.  If you do this, remember….After you stamp the first part and clean your stamp, be sure the stamp is dry before you stamp the second section or you'll get "ghost shadows."  No, I'm not really good.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up. 

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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