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Season of Joy

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” rings the familiar holiday song.  I have to agree. From the illuminated storefronts to the candles in the churches to strings of lights on the 17 Christmas trees in my house, the Spirit of the season is bright.  The days of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all sparkle with the lights of hope and peace and redemption.

Of course, it can be easy to be sidetracked by the perceived demands of the holidays. The season is filled with events and expectations that cloud our vision in spite of the lights all around.  For those of us who create, we put extra pressure on ourselves to make the perfect gift or the perfect card. We vow to make 100 original holiday cards, send out the perfect family picture, and make more gifts than we buy. While these are noble goals, by the time December rolls around, it is time to focus not on what we do, but on how we choose to live and to celebrate.

The people who know and love us best don’t care whether we perfect complicated designs or fanciful decorations. They don’t see the imperfections in our cards or our gifts. We shouldn’t either. We should instead focus on the relationships that we hold dear. The lights of the season reveal the priceless worth of the people in our lives. Family and friendship are the most precious gifts we ever receive.

This holiday season, let’s let the lights remind us to cherish the people around us. When we eschew the expectations we put on ourselves and live by illumination, we enter in to the season of Joy.


Joy Card

Finished card size 5” x 7”

“Joy” (The Angel Company)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
5” x 7” note card
Black cardstock cut to about 3.5” x 5” (unknown)
Gold crinkled paper cut to 5” x 7” (Leaving Prints)
Other supplies:
Corner flourish punch with removable guard (EK Success)
Pearl Ex Interference Gold mica powder (Jacquard)
Kiwi Perfect Pearl mica powder (LuminArte)
Glue brush
Adhesive of choice (I use the Scotch ATG gun and love it)


  1. Stamp “Joy” onto black cardstock with VersaMark ink.
  2. Use glue brush to swirl mica powders over stamped image.
  3. Remove guard from punch and punch edges of “Joy” image cardstock as shown.
  4. Attach “Joy” piece to crinkled gold paper.
  5. Attach assemblage to note card.
  6. Sign your art!

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2 Responses »

  1. Beautiful card Stephanie!!! I love playing with those corner punches in new ways!!! I may have to try this card...Thanks!!! Hugs, Willow

  2. I just love what you did with the punch. Very good idea.