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More than Just Cards

Two of my favorite crafty things are stamps (of course)—and my Big Shot! And I love layers, so it'll come as no surprise that I'm in my happy stamping place when stamps have coordinating Framelits (US/CAN)! Since the Be Merry and Wonderful Blessing Single Stamps both have a matching Framelit, I was excited to create something to share with you using these two stamps!

The Be Merry stamp—featuring 'to/from' lines and the hot and trendy chalkboard look—makes a perfect gift tag. Cut it out with the matching Chalk Talk Framelit, and this ensemble becomes a cinch to use for creating all the tags you’ll need for Christmas gift-giving this year!

I like to create multiples of whatever I'm making so that I have at least one to keep as a sample and some to give away. This got me thinking that this tag would make a perfect gift for a teacher, neighbor, or hostess if bundled in a larger quantity and packaged up nicely! So I stamped a set of 10 tags and created this box using the Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack and a Window Sheet. I wrapped the Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon around the Window Sheet sleeve and tucked the bow through a fancied-up tag on the outside of the box. I kept the rest of the tags simple and will gift the set with a White Stampin' Chalk Marker so that the recipient is all set for gift-giving!

When I saw the Wonderful Blessing Single Stamp I thought it was the perfect image for a Christmas ornament—and then the thought of creating a dual-purpose card/ornament came to mind. (I do love when one creation can serve two purposes!) And when all you are giving someone is a card—sometimes you want to make it just a little bit more. This card can do that for you!

I stamped the World Map Background Stamp on the Naturals White Cardstock using Midnight Muse ink, stamping off three times. Then I layered the Naturals White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock onto the Midnight Muse card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I left the top mostly open so that the ornament could slide in and out. 

This ornament will look beautiful on a Christmas tree with twinkling lights shining through the White Vellum Cardstock. It would also work really nicely in a paper luminary. 

To achieve the colored/embossed image on the vellum layer, I first inked the Peace on Earth stamp using VersaMark, applied Midnight Muse ink right on top of that, then stamped it onto the Vellum. (I heat-set it using Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder to keep it from smudging . . . and to give it a nice shine!) I also used the Circle Framelits and Silver Glimmer Paper to frame the opening in the card as well as the ornament.  

I've already got at least a few special people on my list to receive this card!

Now, imagine switching the stamped image out for a photo of your family. That would make a great photo ornament/card! The possibilities for this stamp—and for the layout and style of this card—really are endless!

Alanna Wharf
Artisan Design Team 2013–2014


  • Leslie V

    May 07

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda Sharrittd

    May 07



    May 07

    I love this card. It is beautiful. I have many friends who would love it too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anne Rathbun

    May 07

    This is one of the loveliest cards I've seen. You make it sound so easy, but we all know the amount of work and love that goes into a card of this quality.

  • Julie Ellery

    May 07

    This is a beautiful card but I particularly like the idea of putting a family photo in there too. Thank you.

  • Sharon

    May 07



    May 07

    Where can I get this stamp (Peace on Earth)??

  • bettyannmanghi

    May 07

    WoW these are both beautiful! great ideas. keep up the good work Alanna!

  • Making some right now, wow card, thx.

    May 07


  • Patsy Ney

    May 07

    This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. & Merry Christmas!

  • Deborah B Johnson

    May 07


  • Linda

    May 07

    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy McKay

    May 07

    wow!! what a great idea. I will share with my quartile stamp class if that is alright.

  • Jen Timko

    May 07

    WOW!! These are extraordinary Alanna!!

  • Michele Zygmunt

    May 07

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • linda callahan

    May 07

    Beautiful samples!

  • Becky

    May 07

    Beautiful tags! I love them! The ornament/card idea is so clever!