Finding Joy

This week has been a rough week. I’ve had crap going on in both my personal and professional life. Today is my RDO (regular day off) that I get every other Friday and it couldn’t come at a better time! I have an appointment to get my hair done in the afternoon, and then I’m heading out to a card making class at my local stamp store (LSS) this evening. Between having a little pampering in the afternoon and then spending the evening being creative, it should be just the thing to perk up my mood.

I normally don’t have a lot of time for any type of crafting during the week because 1) I work long hours and have a long commute, and 2) I’m usually just too tired to focus enough to craft. However, all that took a back seat on Wednesday night because I desperately needed to take my mind off all the stresses of the week and I knew playing with my inks and paper would be just the ticket! The result of my efforts was this clean and simple card. I really love how it turned out, so I thought I would share it with all of you. As always, you can click to enlarge the photo.

Finding Joy | Mel's Card CornerThe stamp set I used for this card is called Woodland Wreaths from WPlus9 Design Studio. This particular set is a “building” stamp which allows for many different looks from the same stamp set depending upon how one layers them. I’ve always shied away from building sets because I struggle with getting everything lined up correctly. However, I recently purchased a MISTI stamping tool which makes lining things up an absolute breeze! Even though it was a bit spendy for a stamping gadget, I’m completely in love with it! I would try to explain to you how it works, but it’s probably just easier to show you. Here’s a great video from Jennifer McGuire demonstrating how to use the MISTI to create layered stamp images.

Ok, back to my card. For my card base, I used some Colonial White card stock from Close to My Heart (CTMH). I also used that same color for the panel on which I did the stamping. For the bottom (green) layer of the wreath, I used Pear CTMH ink. The next layer is the branches, so I used Chocolate CTMH ink for that as well as for the Joy sentiment in the center of the wreath. Finally, I used some Cranberry CTMH ink for the berries on the wreath and for the little bow which I stamped on a separate small piece of the Colonial White card stock.

Once I had everything stamped, I went over the berries very lightly with a red Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. I was careful to try and avoid getting any of the red link onto the rest of the wreath, but really wanted to add a little shimmer to the berries.

Finding Joy | Mel's Card CornerWhile the Wink of Stella was drying, I adhered a piece of Pear CTMH card stock to my card base using my Scotch ATG. I thought the little pop of Pear would help accentuate the matching Pear ink that I used for the wreath. I then adhered the wreath panel to the card base using some Scotch foam tape to pop it up a bit. I then used a couple of tiny pieces of the foam tape to add the bow to my wreath. Once adhered, I went over it with Glossy Accents to give it some glossiness and dimension. Here’s a close-up shot that shows off the glossy bow and the shimmer on the berries.

That’s it for my latest card making adventure. I’m sure I’ll post more in a few days from the class I’ll be taking tonight at my LSS. This class will be featuring stamping from Dare2B Artzy and lots of coloring with markers and/or colored pencils. I haven’t decided yet which I’ll be taking tonight. This will be my first time working with stamps from this particular company, so it should be a lot of fun.

Until next time …



  1. Dorothy Savinell says:

    I just ordered a misti stamping tool and the corner set and I can’t wait to try it out. Your card is beautiful! I’m wondering when you make cards like this do you stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card too? If so can it be done on the misti? I always see videos of all the beautiful cards but never anything on stamping the inside of the cards. I’ll be visiting again. I enjoy making cards. Thanks, Dorothy

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