Oct 15, 2019

Modern Graphic NOEL

Took me several tries to figure out what to do with these fun bright NOEL letters made with Altenew's Bold Alphabet Die. Since the "L" is out of proportion with the other letters, it made more sense to use them horizontally, but I wanted this layout.

First, I tried a plain white background. Snooze.
Then I tried pattern paper. Meh.
Finally, I bumbled across this cross stitch die from Paper Smooches. Provides just enough detail without being distracting.

Added a sentiment from Penny Black's Christmas sentiments and decided to stop.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Great! Recently "celebrated" the 2 year anniversary of heart surgery. Lots happened since then and it was a good time to look back. Then I decided looking back and pondering life was taking time away from crafting, so I put an end to that pretty quick!

Hope you are having a good week!


  1. wonderful color combo - very classy1

    thanks for the inspiration, Joan
    marty Ferraro

  3. This card is so so good! I'm going to case it if you don't mind. I have only made 3 Christmas cards so far and this one is a good one for mass production.

  4. I adore the graphic punch of this card. That cross-stitch/pegboard background is the perfect way to ground the letters while maintaining white space. Great choice!

    1. Thanks. It was trial and error and now I'm looking at some other die plates in a new light

  5. A perfect Christmas card. The use of the die as a background was inspirational!

  6. Another well done! I agree with the others your background was inspired.

  7. Joan, you know what they say about that third try? This is definitely a charmer!

  8. Oh! Love this soooooo much! The colors are like candy. Funny, I was looking at those cross stitch dies yesterday and never imagined how they could look this fantastic on a card. WOW!


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