Eclipse technique with Joy

I created this card and sent one to each of my team members this year! (it’s okay – I’ve heard from some of them that they’ve received it, so no spoilers!). I brought together the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Good Tidings stamp set again; it’s such a good combination! You can see the other card I made in THIS POST.

This time, I decided to use the Eclipse technique with the Large Letter Framelits, for the word ‘Joy’.


Eclipse Technique with Joy

The ‘joy’ in this case has a few meanings for me; the joy of the season of course, but also the joy of having such wonderful members of my team! My team members have been with me between 1 1/2 to almost 3 years, and I feel very fortunate. They are a very talented, fun loving and kind group of ladies!


First, start with stamping the holly leaves and berries directly onto the Merry Music Specialty DSP. Stamp once from the bottom left corner towards the middle, and again from the top right corner, towards the middle. I used Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green for the leaves, and Cherry Cobbler ink for the berries.

The Eclipse technique is quite easy; place your Large Letter Framelits on top of the  DSP. Use a bit of washi tape to hold them in place, spaced appropriately, if you need. To create extra height, I also die cut a set of the letters from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. After die cutting, glue the cardstock letters to the back of each of the DSP letters. Next, apply Foam Adhesives Strips to the back of the letters, cutting to fit. The Foam Strips are a bit  higher than Stampin’ Dimensionals; they also give a firm, continuous lift to each letter.

Attach the die cut DSP directly to the Cherry Cobbler card base, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Don’t use Dimensionals, as you don’t want to add any more height. Remove the backing from the Foam Adhesive Strips, and attach each letter back into the die cut area. When attaching the ‘O’, simply glue the die cut middle of the ‘O’ directly to the cardstock; you don’t want to add any height to the middle.


Eclipse technique with Joy

Looking from the side, you can see the letters ‘popping’ off the front.

To finish off the card, I wrapped a length of retired Silver Cording across the top, tied off with a bow. Before tying the bow, I added a snowflake embellishment that was in a previous Holiday catalogue.

I didn’t take a picture of it, but of course I added a sentiment and stamp to the inside!


The good news is that the Good Tidings stamp set is currently on sale! But quantities are limited, and will be ‘while supplies last’ after Dec. 21st. The Large Letter Framelits are a bit of an investment, but they can be used for endless occasions and projects, so i think they’re well worth it!

Click on the product images below, or my signature, to shop at my online store. And I hope that you too, have a reason for JOY in your life this holiday season!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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