Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (2)

Once again, a Christmas card is in order for this post. I am using the same beautiful text as my previous card, but with a different layout on the front from the last card. You may recognize the same description from the last post, but some may not have read it, so I am putting it in again:

Christmas music brings with it such hope and an overall admiration for our Savior. In thinking about the next card I wanted to make, I wanted to incorporate a rose; the wonderful 15th Century, "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" came to mind. The title of the text is taken from the eleventh chapter of the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 11:1-2
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 

The lyrics of the carol, so beautifully crafted, express the theme of the Christmas story in its grand story of God's Love come down to earth to save us.  Maybe you have heard the song at one time or another. You can check my previous post for the beautiful words to this ancient carol.

Now, on to the card.

Starting with white cardstock, I ran another piece through a Spellbinders Enchanted EF and attached a ribbon vertically to it. I got some pretty Christmas ribbons today at Joann's for 50% off; it was hard to pick, but I came away with two that I liked a lot. A Spellbinders Medallion One was die cut and spray painted gold. Laid on top of that is a rose (Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One) cut with three layers of red tissue paper, then rolled to form the flower. Gold rose leaves (Spellbinders Foliage) were tucked beneath the rose. Liquid pearls are dotted around the medallion. I had never used liquid pearls before because I thought they might be difficult to use; however, I ventured out and bought some yesterday and to my surprise, they are remarkably easy to use and look like real pearls. I love learning new things!

Finally, the sentiment is cut from an EK Success Real Estate Sign Punch and inked with red around the edges to make it stand out more against the white background. It is attached with dimensional stickies.

Here is the card:

 The medallion with liquid pearls:

The rose:

 The sentiment:

Like a few of my other Christmas cards, I used MS Publisher to create the inside and back of the card. The inside left has the entire lyrics for the carol and on the other side on the right is another sentiment: "May God's highest and best blessings be yours as you celebrate the birth of His holy Son, Jesus Christ." You can check "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" post to see pictures of the inside and back of the card. I really like using MS Publisher for a lot of my cards; it is quite helpful in cutting down on some of the routine steps, like making sure the card back says the card is handmade especially for you by me.  :o)  There have been times when I have forgotten this step! If you use 8.5" by 11" cardstock, you can print off two A2 cards on one piece of paper. Works for me.

I am entering this card in the following challenges, ending:

Nov 12 Word Art Wednesday - ATG 5E #4
Nov 12 Reasonable Ribbon Challenge - Christmas with a Ribbon UE
Nov 14 Sister Act Card Challenges - ATG UE
Nov 16 613 Avenue Create - ATG UE
Nov 17 Artistic Inspirations - ATG 3E #1
Nov 18 Ribbon Carousel - Holidays UE
Nov 18 Twist of Faith Card Challenge - 3E #1
Nov 18 Through the Craft Room Door - ATG 2E #1
Nov 23 Challenges 4 Everybody - ATG UE
Nov 30 Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - ATG as Long as It's Christmas UE

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate your visits, and your encouraging comments mean more to me than you know. As always, God's highest and best to you today and every day.

Many rich blessings,

Ginny B.

Romans 10:9-11
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. NLT


  1. Absolutely beautiful composition! Love the gold accent behind the rose! Beautifully conceived and executed! So delightful to find this propped against our front door here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  2. Hi Ginny,
    This is simply elegant and so gorgeous!. The rose is perfect! and the gold background adds to its beauty. Have a beautiful day :)

  3. Beautiful card!! Love the flower! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #83!

  4. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  5. Such a pretty card! Thanks for sharing your project at Sister Act this week!

  6. Beautiful card! Love that gold die cut and the red. Thank you for joining the TTCRD challenge and good luck to you.

  7. Thanks for entering this lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for November - hope to see you again soon. x

  8. I just love the striking red rose against the gold medallion. Very beautiful story to go along with a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Create. Amy A, Dt

  9. Pretty card. SOmeone will be lucky to receive this at Christmas this year. Thanks for entering Artistic Inspirations use a sentiment

  10. Nice layering the pretty bold red and gold! We hope you share again. Thank you for joining us at Twist of Faith card challenges. Princess DT member

  11. Beautiful Ginny!! That flower is so pretty and the gold....absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at Twist of Faith this week. We hope to see you week after week!
    Twist of Faith DT member

  12. This is a stunning card--I love the flourish!

    Thanks for joining us at the Twist of Faith Challenge--good luck this week. We hope to see you join us in future challenges too.

  13. Wow. You have created a stunningly beautiful card. Thank you for joining in at Crafty Hazelnuts Extra this month. Hugs Mrs A. (GDT).


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