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Over the next two weeks, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be pairing up with Creative Imaginations and Xyron for a Christmas blog hop!  For the next 12 days, we'll post a Christmas craft on our blogs.  Today, we have Jill's fabulous christmas card and two other projects at Xyron and Creative Imaginations.     

Hop with us for some amazing prizes!  Today, we'll be giving away a pack of our NEW Paper Crafter Crayons.  To enter, follow us at @DesignMemCraft and tweet us what you liked about this craft.

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Hi, it’s Jill  here sharing a card created with Creative Imaginations and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products.  To create the ornament, I began by die cutting a piece of book text and covering the die cut image with gesso.  Next, I stamped the ornament with a Penny Black background stamp using VersaMark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder and applied heat to set. I painted onto the book paper with the gorgeous jewel tones of Twinkling H2O’s Holiday Sparkle set. Once dry, I removed some ink from the embossed image with a baby wipe.  I applied a layer of Coconut Gelato™ all over the ornament and blended with my finger.  I just love how the Gelato™ combined with the Twinkling H2O colors created such a creamy look with just a hint of book text showing through.


The die cut leaves and background papers are from the Creative Imaginations Rejoice collection.  I highlighted the texture of the pierced background paper by coloring onto a piece of scratch paper with a PITT® Pastel Pencil (#1122-176), rubbing my finger into colored area to pick up the color, and then rubbing my finger over the pierced holes.  I followed this same procedure to deepen the color of the card base as well.


    The beautiful purples, blues, and muted background papers inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and create a Christmas card in a soft, nontraditional color palette.  What are your favorite colors for handmade Christmas cards?

Stamper’s Big Brush Pens (Black 199,  Manganese Violet 160), Gelatos™ (Coconut), Gesso, PITT® Pastel Pencil (1122-176)

Creative Imagination:  Rejoice Paper Pad, Twinkling H2O’s Holiday Sparkle Collection,

Penny Black Stamps:  40-169 Diamond Pattern, 30-134 Winter Magic

Other: Twine, VersaMark Ink, White Embossing Powder, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Spellbinders Dies (2011 Heirloom Ornaments, Foliage), Gems


JillJill Foster Preschool teacher by day and stamper by night, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. She also designs and teaches classes for her local scrapbook store, Mementos. 


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katie smith

Beautiful card, Jill! I love the way you created the ornament, and I also love the rhinestone in the snowflakes!

Dee in NH

Gorgeous colors and love the added sparkle of the rhinestones!!

Sue McRae

Love all the layers and textures on this card and all the subtle depth achieved with the pens and markers.

Pat C

Stunning! Love the colors on this card and the texture on the card!

My fave colors for Christmas are still pretty traditional--red and silver... :)

Patti J.

What a fabulous teacher you must be! Your card is a work of art, Jill - thank you for sharing :)

Patti J.

I forgot! My favorite Christmas colors have become turquoise and pink, believe it or not!

Joyce Powel

Purple is my favorite color and I love seeing it on something for Christmas! There are so many great details on your card - great job!


Awesome as always Jill! You have such a talent for color and combining elements...

Jayne K

I truly love this color combination. Gorgeous!

Jeanne Kelly

Jill - I think your card is so beautiful that I have bookmarked it for future reference. BRAVO!


Beautiful project, Jill; I love the colors, textures and all the little details that make a big impact!

Sue D

Very pretty card--I like how you made and colored the ornament.


I love the colors you used but for me I'm traditional red and green. Although I might be changing that....Thanks for sharing the tutorial.


Love these colors and all the different mediums used!

Gloria Westerman

Oh I love all those colors...awesome job...I've got to try that....twinkling H2O and gelato...awesome it...thanks for sharing...

Dawn T

this is very pretty Jill. Love the colour and sparkle.

Katie B.

Beautiful card. I love how you painted the ornament, thanks for telling us the steps! And I love the purple snowflakes as well. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Susan Welsh

Beautiful, these are on my Christmas Wish List...

Maureen Chandler

Oh my, this card is just gorgeous! Wouldn't a video on how you made it be wonderful??? I absolutely love your work - thank you so much!!!


Jill...this ornament card is great. Thanks for the details; as usual they are easy to follow instructions. I'm going to try this!

Dana Hobbs

LOVE the purple incorporated into Christmas themed projects!


Fabulous card - the right mix of everything! I love those colors! I love using teal! thank you!

Heather Robertson

beautiful - thanks for haring your techniques on the ornament

Miriam Prantner

These colors are just beautiful! Love how they blend together and they look gorgeous against the gold!

Julie A. Shearer

The colors are just lovely . I like non traditional colors for Christmas cards . I love that you can see some of the text on the ornament . TFS .


Beautiful card. Love the idea of using other colors for Christmas. We seem to get stuck in the rut of red and green. I made some Christmas cards and used red polka dot paper and blue paper, adding touches of white. The embellishment was mittens so it had a winter theme. The front sentiment was "Warmest Wishes" and Merry Christmas inside the card. I thought it said Christmas very well.


Beautiful card !


Your detail is great! I'm glad the color are different for the season.

Kim Warne

So many layers, colors, textures and shapes...Makes for a very LOVELY card!

Dorina D

Gorgeous card and a great tutorial. Love how the ornament pops. My favorite colors turquoise blue and sage green -for this year.

sharon gullikson

I love not only the gorgeous colors that you blended so beautifully, but alllll of the details! I am a huge fan of Gelatos and the Big Brush Markers!

Robin Buchholz

Pretty card, I love the shades of purple.

Carol B

Beautiful details in this project!

Carol B

barbara lassiter

This is so gorgeous! I love all the layering and the details! The colors are perfect!

Larissa Heskett =)

WOW!! I LOVE the FUN card!! The colors along with all of the FUN techniques really makes this card come to life!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Judy Hawk Estrada

Love the colors & the ornament!

Pamela Jensen

I like the non-Traditional colors and textures. I like the depth created on the ornament, by the layering of Gesso over text; and stamping with VersaMark Ink, application of white embossing powder coloring with Twinkling H2O's Holiday Sparkle set, and Coconut Gelato,

Being a person that loves purple, it's a color that always finds it's way into my handmade cards in various shades and hues over the years.

Debi K

Jill, as always, your amazing! Love everything Faber-Castell!

Julie H

I love purple!!! This is SO PRETTY!!!

beatrice lawson

I just love the purple snowflake! Nt a traditional Christmas colour which makes it all the more stunning.

Peggy Hampton

I love this card. It's very creative, imaginative colors. Not traditional in the classic sense but so traditional in feel and execution. So many layers, it's simply beautiful.

Jean A Marmo

So pretty!! Thank you for the inspiration!


Lovely! What beautiful colors and textures. If I hadn't read the description I would have pegged this as a card, it works for that too!

Carla Hundley

Really pretty. Love the purple
colors in it.

Carla from Utah


This is gorgeous, the purple ornament is so striking against that background color. Love the texture and layering on this fabulous card!!!


Beautiful!!! Love the purple and the addition of the coconut gelatos is just the right touch!

Kim H

a beautiful card, love the colors they work really well for non-tradtional colors. the effect you got from the H2O and gelatos is wonderful, love how the text peaks through. great textures with the fibers and shapes of the snowflakes, love the bling. thank you for sharing.

Natasha Poteraj

The colors flow so beautifully! And they are so rich! I like how you used non-traditional colors for your ornament. The sparkly colors look just gorgeous, and the texture of the papers is just perfect with all of the other little details. You really know how to put a project together keeping everything in mind. Nice job!

Ann Jobes

I love the non-traditional colours and your techniques are lovely. Brilliant card.

Ann Jobes

This is gorgeous - love that you shared your how-to's.

Julie A. Shearer

Beautiful ornament .. Thank you for the videos . Very nicely done .

Lucy E.

This card is gorgeous! I love the colors and the way you colored over the text with the gelatos. Great job!

Yvonne Williams

I'm soo glad you stepped out of your comfort zone. This card is beautiful. I wouldn't have ever thought to use those colors even tho purple is my favorite. But is looks so gorgeous together!

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