Bah! Humbug! Christmas Card

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Bah! Humbug! Christmas Card by Joe Morgan

Bah! Humbug! Christmas Card by Joe Morgan

While browsing though the Viva Las Vegastamps! store, I found this beautiful Angel stamp that I had to have. The card you see here isn’t what I had originally planned to do with this stamp, but once I found the “Grumpy Nightcap Man” stamp that makes me think of Scrooge, I decided to make the angel into a ghost and put them together for my project. As you can see in the picture, I have also added a small burning candle to light up Scrooge’s face and I have given my ghost a couple of real chains to rattle so that she can be sure Scrooge knows she means business!

To make this card, I stamped all three stamps on white cardstock with black Memento ink. Then I stamped the angel twice and the old man and the candle once. I colored them all with Copic markers, and then I used a Versamark pen to apply Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder to the old man’s glasses and to the flame on the candle to make it stronger.

For my background I colored a piece of white cardstock with Pumice Stone and Milled Lavender Distress ink and then mounted that on a red A2 card. Then, I cut out the old man, the candle and one angel. On the second angel, I only cut out the head, arms, torso and the front flowing piece of her robe. First, I glued the full sized angel onto the card. I attached the smaller angel cutout on top of the full angel with pop-dots to add dimension. Then I took an old silver chain I picked up at a yard sale and cut two pieces about nine inches long. I arranged the chains so that they draped between the layers of paper so that they would look like she was really holding them. I wanted them to look like they were being shaken, rather than just hanging straight down, so I adjusted them to my liking and used Sakura Crystal Lacquer to glue them down. I used the fine needle like tip that comes with the bottle and just put a tiny dot of glue on the chain at about half inch intervals. I wiggled the chain just enough to be sure the Crystal Lacquer touch the paper. I knew this would work perfectly because the chain is shiny and it would camouflage the Crystal Lacquer. I let it dry for about 10 minutes. I used large pop dots to attach the old man in front of the ghost, and then I cut a strip from the pop dot package and used it to pop out the candle. I wanted the card to look like Scrooge was sitting there behind the candle, and the Ghost is in the background about to make her presence known.

All of the stamps worked great together to create my little scene from A Christmas Carol. You could use this same layering technique to create a small diorama in a small wooden box or picture frame! Be sure to check out the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog to see how the design team has used some of the other great stamps and sayings that are available and to find cool techniques and ideas.

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  1. Jamie C August 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Great card Joe! I love the chain as it adds that extra special something. You continue to crank out some super cool cards!

  2. David H August 31, 2011 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Very creative! I could so see sending this card to a "bah! humbug!" of a friend of mine!

  3. kristi August 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    WONDERFUL! Great job Joe. Very cool story being told…love it

  4. Joe Rotella September 1, 2011 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Love how you layered the two stamps and literally "tied" them together with the chain!

  5. Carole Lassak September 1, 2011 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Another outstanding design!! Love the addition of the chain and how you layered it between the two angel images to look so real. Also like the way you've positioned and colored Scrooge and the candle. It looks like the candle is illuminating his face.

  6. Terri Sproul September 1, 2011 at 6:26 am - Reply

    love it. thanks for your submission to be a part of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design team..

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