Anyway, I must confess how I struggle often in creating Christmas cards because I don't want to create something solely based on people's traditions. More than anything, I like to highlight the true essence of the Christmas season---that is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Throughout the years, commercialization is trying to systematically take Jesus out of what is supposed to be a celebration of His birth, replacing Him with anything and everything money can buy. Political correctness have tried to silence people from even greeting each other "Merry Christmas." I don't know about you but I still feel weird when someone greets me, "Happy Holidays" or Season's Greetings" among others as they really makes no sense. Honestly, if I'm not familiar with Christmas holiday, it would make me wonder, "What season, what holiday are you talking about?" Many of our celebrated holidays in this country (if not all), mentions the holiday being celebrated. Common examples are Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year's Day among others. But why is it different when it comes to the birth of Jesus Christ? What in the word "Christmas" is so offensive to the political radicals in our time? Well, obviously it's CHRIST! There's something about Jesus and the hope His birth brought to this world that threatens this rebellious generation. Curiously, they don't react the same way to every celebrations that promotes gods of other religions. In fact, they don't really care if you make the sun, the moon and the stars, a tree your god as long as it's not Jesus Christ. What's behind all these hostility against Jesus? Here is Truth...The Scripture tells us in Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Jesus took the sins of all mankind when He wrapped Himself in flesh (Incarnation) and nailed it all down at the Cross so that everyone who believed in Him is set free from the curse of sin and have eternal life. Philippians 2:9-11 tells us, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." My friends, there is Power in the name of Jesus! This is the kind of Truth Satan and his minions would not want you to ever discover. The power of God that lives inside every believer, the Holy Spirit, gives us everything we need to overcome this world in Christ Jesus and guarantees us of our eternal life with our Savior. So, next time we think about Christmas, think about what the birth of Jesus Christ means to mankind and to you as a person. Everyone that takes Christ out of Christmas has one goal---to rob you of the Truth on what Jesus did for you. Christmas decorations, family gatherings and gift giving along with other traditions maybe nice and heartfelt, but none of them compare to the eternal gift the birth of Christ brings. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Tell your children, and your children's children about this Truth as you gather together this blessed season.
For this Card, I used a clear stamp image from Art Impressions. It's a set (no name given) that I bought at Michael's recently and could be exclusive there as I didn't see it in the AI website yet. I did some watercoloring and tried to keep it simple in order to give emphasis on the sentiment that I composed/created to go with this image. I wanted to emphasize the true meaning of this season more than what commercialization made them to be. I also used an A7 Kraft card for the base, added some Stickles (Crystal) glitters and went crazy adding some Liquid Pearls (White Opal). Finally, I incorporated some fancy stitching that completed this simple design.
ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD
ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD LAYERS
ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD INSIDE
ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking---Make It Pop
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Christmas Cards All Year Round---Christmas
Connie Can Crop---I'm so Fancy
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
CCC---Spots and/or Stripes
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG Winter/Christmas
Paper Creator---Christmas/New Year
Pearly Sparkles---Merry Christmas
There you have it, folks! Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist (Christmas or Winter) at 613 Avenue Create. Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight. I hope you have a wonderful week filled with the divine inspiration of God's Word and be able to share the Hope you have in you to bring light to the dark places in your sphere of influence. Would love to hear your comments too. Hugs, always!