Christmas Can Be Tough Sometimes…

Good Evening, thanks for visiting our blog today.

When we lose a loved one, Christmas can be a very difficult time and it can be hard to know whether to send a traditional Christmas card, and ‘Merry Christmas’ just isn’t really appropriate. So Helen wrote a special sentiment for those ‘hard to write’ Christmas cards.

We have some beautiful inspiration for you from Jane Tyrrell today featuring this Christmas sentiment stamp…

Monday has spun round again and it’s time for my Visible Image DT inspiration.
Today I am focusing on the gorgeous new Christmas stamp release and designing with 2 sets;

The very poignant Christmas Memories stamp…

which I thought went perfectly with the silhouette angel image from the Angels set

As you may know, I am Mrs Christmas and adore everything about it. However I do understand that for some people this can be a very difficult time of the year. Particularly when they have recently lost someone they love. That first Christmas afterwards, I know from my own experience, is very tough. I sell my cards at Dotty’s Tearooms in our local high street and I thought this card would be a helpful extra to sell there this year.

My design also uses the Strobes stencil (these are all back in stock in the shop). I think it makes a great sun/star burst and used it in the background of my card…

So this is what I made…

I kept my colour very upbeat and simple.

I gold embossed the angel word and added some gold to the border.

I blended distress inks through the stencil. I wanted the angel to be more of a shadow and I achieved this by using a gold metallic ink. The sentiment is stamped and embossed.

Here she is in close up, in real life she has a shimmery gold effect…

Thanks so much for visiting today. It is only 84 days until the big day and I am getting myself into Christmas card making mode now that the evenings are getting darker.

Time to light those candles…

Back soon.

Bye for now,
 Jane x

This is such a stunning card, thank you Jane ♡
The sentiment, Angel and strobes all work so beautifully together.

You will find more of Jane’s inspiring cards and projects, and some really beautiful photos over on her blog.

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We will be back tomorrow with some awesome inspiration from Eileen Godwin!

Have a great evening.

Mark & Helen xx

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