Good Tidings of Great Joy

The name of one of the stamp sets in Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalogue always bring to my mind the perennial favourite, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The stamp set is called Good Tidings, and contains the sentiment “Good Tidings of Great Joy”.  Do you remember that scene from the movie?

Charlie Brown, in exasperation, asks if anyone knows the true meaning of Christmas. Linus replies ‘Sure Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about.  Lights please”.

Want to watch the clip? 🙂

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Personally, I’m not really a religious person, but rather more ‘spiritual’. I believe in the greater good, karma, and Namaste. That everyone should be kind to one another, and all the creatures (even spiders, which I have a really hard time with!!).  Regardless of religion or spirituality, I think everyone can agree on wishing each other ‘Good Tidings of Great Joy’ at this time and always.


Hopefully my Christmas cards have made their way through our postal system to their destinations! If not – spoiler alert, friends! I make several different cards to send, because I get bored easily. This is one of the designs I made and sent. Thanks to inspiration from Kelly Acheson, who shared her version on Facebook.

Good Tidings of Great Joy

I kept the classic look of Christmas with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.


This fun fold is really easy to do! Start with a Cherry Cobbler cardstock base of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, and score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Fold & crease in half at the 4 1/4″ score line, then fold  backwards at the 1 1/4″ score line – that creates your front.

I used the beautiful Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, mixing the black and white backgrounds. Cut 2 pieces at 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ for the front and inside flaps, and 1″ x 5 1/4″ for the narrow front flap.  Inside, you’ll need a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″ for your sentiment.

After you attach the DSP with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, it’s time to stamp! Stamp the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Die cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Big Shot. Create a layer of Cherry Cobbler to go behind it, using the Layering Ovals Framelits.

When the sentiment is die cut, now you can stamp the holly leaves and berries above and below the words. Use Cherry Cobbler and Berry Burst ink for the 2-step berries, and Garden Green and Pear PIzzazz ink for the leaves. While you have those inked up, add them to the upper & lower right hand corners of your inside panel.

Now you can layer the sentiment ovals, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attach them to the middle of the small flap with liquid glue. Be sure to only apply glue to the back left side of the oval!


Good Tidings of Great Joy

Sorry the inside sentiment is a bit out of focus! You can still see that it’s stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink; it’s from the Good Tidings stamp set.

DEMO TIP: I have to admit that at first, I couldn’t for the life of me line up the 2 step images! Finally, what worked for me was to stamp the berries first, then I could line up where the leaves fit around the berries. Stamping first the larger, lighter leaf base in Pear Pizzazz ink then the darker leaf detail in Garden Green ink worked for me. (it also worked when I stamped the larger branch and berries images, on different cards). I hope that helps you!


The bad news is that the Good Tidings stamp set is retiring – it won’t be carried over to the next catalogue. The good news is that it’s on SALE for 20% OFF! You can get it now for only $20.80. The Merry Music Specialty DSP is also retiring, but not on sale. But for only $17, you get 24 sheets – 4 each of 6 double sided designs! That’s still a great deal, especially for paper that can be used year ’round.

Order the products I used to create this card either by clicking the product images below, or on my signature. My online store is open 24/7, so you can shop whenever you want. And don’t forget about all the other products on sale and/or retiring – check out that list while you’re in my store!


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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! :)

5 thoughts on “Good Tidings of Great Joy

    1. It’s a tradition to watch this, and many other Christmas shows (It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?!) every year, Susan! Glad you liked my card, too!

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