Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Very Merry Holly Berries

I really like challenges because they give me ideas to focus on when there are so many choices in my stamp arsenal. I made another Christmas card inspired by two previous challenges I saw, one to include holly and another to include candy canes. I knew holly was symbolic at Christmas. Here's what it means:  Legend states that holly berries were originally white, but that the blood Christ shed for the sins of humankind stained the berries forever red. A holly's pointed leaves symbolize the crown of thorns placed on Jesus' head before he died on the cross. Candy canes are symbolic, too. The 'J' can mean Jesus. The white of the cane stands for the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross.

I selected a digital stamp I've had from Power Poppy that had both holly and a candy cane. I colored the image with Copics. The sentiment is from a retired CTMH stamp set, Joy to You and Me. The Ruby colored paper from long-retired Sparkle and Shine had a pattern resembling the pattern on the embossing folder I used. I chose to  use this sketch from The Paper Players Challenge

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
The Merry Christmas Challenge #22 - anything Christmas goes

Thank you for visiting!  May you be blessed as you create cards to bless others!

Philippians 1:6 (WEB)
being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.


Chris said...

Beautiful design, lovely image and fabulous texture from the embossing, thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

JoAnn said...

Beautiful Christmas card. Love the colors and the design. TFS

MagsB said...

A beautiful classic Christmas card, Vickie! Thanks for joining in at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.

love Mags B x