November 23, 2013


As you already know, I am in love with one of Stampin' Up!'s new Christmas stamp sets, Joyful Christmas. You've seen it on my blog a few times already. This is probably not the last time you will see it on Paper Seedlings.

Joyful Christmas is an exquisite set, begging to be used with a wide variety of techniques. This card happens to feature paper piecing once again.

This was one of the projects at my November Stamp-In workshop:

They had a choice of several red/pink-toned Designer Series Papers in a small print, as well as several greens. It seemed that, no matter which print in any color they chose, it was always a gorgeous-looking flower when they were finished.

Since the center of a poinsettia flower is those weird yellowish things, I thought yellow beads would work great on the card.

Even though the center of the flower was going to be covered by beads, I did paper piece in yellow the stamped center of the flower. As you can see in this closeup, the one bead -- upper right -- that didn't land on top of some of the yellow paper doesn't look quite as nice. So, if you do one of these cards on your own, be sure there is yellow paper underneath all the beads, especially if the beads are somewhat transparent as these are. Opaque beads would work just fine, even without the yellow paper under them.

If you'd like to give my card a try, here you go:

Apothecary Art stamp set
Curly Cute stamp set (retired, so so sad)
Joyful Christmas stamp set

Small-print red/pink and green Designer Series Paper
Naturals White cardstock
Basic Black cardstock

VersaMark Ink
Black StazOn Ink

Big Shot
Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder
Yellow beads
Paper Snips
Heat Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive
Embossing Buddy

PLEASE NOTE: This is another project where your Embossing Buddy is your BEST FRIEND!

Emboss a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Naturals White cardstock in the Big Shot inside the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder. Adhere a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock to a card front created from an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Naturals White cardstock. Adhere the embossed piece over the black.

After first rubbing the paper well with your Embossing Buddy, in VersaMark, stamp the poinsettia twice on red/pink Designer Series Paper (DSP). Cover the images with Black Embossing Powder. Heat to emboss. Repeat this same process with your choice of green DSP and the leaf image, except stamp the leaf three times. Also stamp the center berries once on a yellowish DSP.

Carefully cut out the full poinsettia, then the smaller center part of the flower. Adhere together with a Stampin' Dimensional. Cut out the three leaves, and glue them to the back of the flower petals. Cut out the center berries and glue them in place. Use Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (green glue) to attach the poinsettia to the embossed surface.

Dot green glue onto the stamped berries, and place yellow beads over each of the stamped ones. Set this aside. The beads stay wobbly for some time.

Ink up the banner portion of the Apothecary Art stamp with VersaMark and stamp it onto a scrap of Naturals White cardstock AFTER RUBBING IT WELL WITH YOUR EMBOSSING BUDDY. Cover with Black Embossing Powder, and heat to emboss. Stamp the sentiment in the center of the banner and heat emboss in the same manner.

Cut out the banner. Adhere it to the embossed background with pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.



  1. I loved this card and watching everyone make one.

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you, for the inspiration!

  3. Hi Linda: I'm Connie a new GFC friend. My Mother and Sister are huge fans of Stamping UP. This card is lovely, love the embossing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very lovely!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday - hope to see you this week!!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  5. This is beautiful! Great job. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

  6. Beautiful card! I think the beads are a nice accent :) Pinned - Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays :)