Joy To All

Joy To All

Hi Creative Friends,

Papertrey Ink has a brand new holiday release out (yay!) and I grabbed a few stamps and dies to create this card design. I used the charming Festive Birds and Very Merry Mistletoe. Learn all the ins and outs below.


I started by creating the basics. First, I made a 5 1/2″ square (when folded) white cardstock card base, 1 – 5″ square white card stock panel, and another white cardstock panel measuring 5 1/4″ square.

To make the background, I lightly blended Antique Linen onto the 5″ square panel and splattered Wild Honey distress ink droplets onto the panel. I added a 2″ green and white plaid strip to the bottom. Since I didn’t have any patterned paper, I made my own by stamping a 2″ x 5″ piece of cardstock using Pine Needles distress ink and a plaid stamp. Once done, I mounted it to the bottom of the 5″ panel and added a narrow 1/4″ strip of gold glitter paper along the top.

I cut out all the Very Merry Mistletoe pieces from watercolor paper using the coordinating die, then mounted all the stamps in my stamp positioner. I used a few inks to color them. I have listed the colors below and you can find them all in the supply list too. by the way, whenever I use a few colors together, I use watercolor paper, then once the stamps are inked, I spritz them with water before stamping. This ensures even blending.

  • Mistletoe leaves: Ocean Tides and a little Pinefeather
  • Berries and stems: Cocoa Bean for the branch and Dried Marigold and Candied Apple distress ink for the berries, with a dash of Autumn Rose for the shading
  • Little foliage pieces: Evergreen Bough distress ink

Next, using a very dark forest green cardstock (Noble Fir), I cut out the pine branches from the Penny Black Pine Branch die set then added a little Glitz Gel to the ends, and sprinkled a little Chunky Glitter for a more frosted look.

I can’t forget the star of the show, the adorable bird. I cut the pieces out from white cardstock then blended on Saltwater Taffy (love this color!) and a little Festive Berries for the body and Wild Honey for the beak and a tiny bit of accent on the body.

Before I put everything together, I cut out a few snowflakes. Papertrey Ink just released a trio of fabulous snowflake dies. I used Layered Snowflakes: Drift and Layered Snowflakes: Crystal.

With all the pieces ready to assemble, I arranged the mistletoe, pine branches, snowflakes, and berries and glued them in place. The bird was added next with a little foam tape. The sentiment (from the Very Berry Mistletoe stamp set) was stamped with Candied Apple distress ink.

Now that the panel was done, I mounted it onto the 5 1/4″ white square panel cut earlier. The red cardstock panel was placed on top the card base, then the top bird and mistletoe panel was added. To complete the card, I added a few tiny droplets of Stickles for an extra festive look.

My holiday card is done, and I think the bird looks very festive indeed! I hope you did too! 


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2 thoughts on “Joy To All

  1. Love your card, Shana! Festive Birds are scheduled to arrive in my mailbox Friday and seeing your card makes me wish the mail carrier would drive a little faster. Thanks for the inspiration, and have a beautiful day!

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