Tidings of Joy with Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  It’s December and that means Whimsy Stamps has fun things coming out!

I have this really sweet card just perfect for this time of the year….


Today I’m sharing this really sweet image called “Christmas Manger” by Crissy Armstrong.  Isn’t this just as precious as can be!  You may remember a card I did last year IN THIS POST with a penguin style manger.  Really love Crissy’s sweet images and I’m thinking I may have to start collecting her mangers she comes out with each year now! LOL!

After coloring up this image, I’ve fussy cut it out while I worked on the background design.  I started by ripping a piece of masking paper and covered the bottom portion of a square 4″ piece of cardstock.  I took a “Light Ray” stencil and ink blended some Chipped Sapphire distress ink over it.  While the stencil was still on it, I took some white watered down paint and splattered over the background.  After removing the stencil, I let that dry while cleaning up my stencil and work area.  After it was dry, I took some Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed distress inks and blended over top.  I then took a glitter brush pen and went over each of the yellow strips in the background.  (I also covered the tops portions of the images too.  You can see this all better in the photos below.)  Lastly, I’ve used the other side of the masking paper that I ripped to cover up the sponged rays and ink blended with Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso.  I used a marker to add some shading around the image and glued it down.

For the card, I’ve used a navy 5.25″ square card base and I’ve also used it as part of a layer behind the image panel along with a piece of gold mirror cardstock.  It’s hard to completely see this, but I’ve printed out some digital papers from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Red, Gold and Green collection as well as the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Collection.  The background was sponged with the same colors that I’ve used for the bottom of the image panel.  I’ve used some twine for the center strip area and tied a bow along the side with it.  The image panel layered with the Gold Mirror cardstock was popped up with some craft foam over that.

I’ve used a wooden star that I’ve heat embossed several times with some Gold Sparkle EP which is what I’ve used to heat emboss the sentiment at the bottom of the image panel from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments.  To finish it off I’ve decided to add some Studio Katia Sparkling Crystals.


Here you can better see the sparkle and shimmer on the yellow “light rays” as well as the tops of the images where the light might be shining on them.  I’ve got the image colored up with my go-to Copic markers.

You can also see the sparkle and shine on the wooden star and sentiment from the gold sparkle embossing powder.  Plus of course the shine from the gold mirror cardstock.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  I sure had fun putting it together and I know someone special that this needs to get sent to as soon as I can!  Time is running out for it to make it on time!  Oh yes…that dreaded time running out is near isn’t it?! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate you being here!  I will be seeing you again soon my friends!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Knockouts – Winter/Holidays
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Anything Crafty with theme Shining Lights
  3. Crafty Friends– Anything Goes
  4. Merry Little Christmas – December Anything Christmas Goes
  5. Country Views– Stars
  6. Crafty Animals – #33 Anything Goes

22 thoughts on “Tidings of Joy with Whimsy Stamps

  1. Stunning card, Vicki. Great coloring of the lovely scene. That background is fab too.
    xxx Margreet


  2. Simply in love with your design. The image is adorable. You did a good job of coloring. Like that you did a ray of light and added other papers for background. Such a wonderful card full of love and peace.


  3. Chrissy’s images are always the cutest and sweetest aren’t they? This is adorable Vicki, and I love the little gold star accent at the top. Wonderful coloring as always and a great little design too! Sweet 🙂


  4. Beautiful creation! I can see all the sparkle and shine and what a lovely image – beautifully colored of course. It’s so funny how I adore these little creatures, but I’m allergic to just about anything with fur.


  5. Oh what a precious image and brings out the true reason for Christmas. I read all the steps you did to create this beautiful card and wow what a work of art. Love the rays and explanation of how you did them. I did go back and look at last years card and penguins are my weakness. Great job on this beautiful card.


  6. Absolutely beautiful Vicki! Such a lovely Nativity scene, I love the smiling and happy faces on the Baby Jesus and the critters too! They look like they are rejoicing! Really a special card!


  7. What a fabulous card! Love your stenciling and ink blending! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas challenges


  8. Lovely card ! Thank you so much for playing along with our ‘Stars’ challenge over at Country View Challenges ! Corrie x


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