Friday, January 06, 2017

Mom's Card-2016 (Kathy Berger)

Mom's Card 2016

The time has come for me to share my mom's 2016 Christmas card. As you may or may not know, my card for mom is the first card I tackle when I start to make my Christmas cards. It is always the most challenging one to make, and the most unique.

This year I decided to jump on the chibi light band wagon and make a card with lights. I wanted to make the card a pop up, with back lighting for each of the main elements on the inside of the cards. And, of course, I wanted to use only Frantic Stamper Precision Dies!

I decided I wanted to make a village for my card, so I started off by die cutting several of the buildings and multiple trees from the FranticStamper "village" dies, using 110lb white cardstock.

I also die cut a few tree and hill edgers for the background.

Next I die cut Santa's Sleigh and his reindeer out of black cardstock, and punched a 1.25" circle out of pale yellow card stock.

It is far too complicated to fill in all of the tiny details of how I made the pop ups, and how I wired the chibi lights but I will give you a brief of a description of the steps I took.

Since the card is 5 1/2" x 7" I knew I could easily get away with about 2.5" of pop up elements without having to worry about anything extending too far. So, the four pop-up bases are each 1/2"x7" box mechanisms. I started with a 7"x2" strip of cardstock and scored it lengthwise at every .5". I used strong tape on the first and last of the four areas of the mechanism created by the scores. I aligned the two edges of the box piece with the fold of the card and closed the card to affix them in place. When the card was reopened, there was a 1/2" tall and 1/2" deep box across the base of the inside of the card. I glued the very bottom of the church to the center of the front of the box, very close to the top of the box. I then repeated the process with more 7"x 2" panels, creating boxes that become attached to the base of the card and to the box behind it, and adding buildings and evergreen trees to the boxes. I used a total of four box mechanisms. On the last box I attached a few trees and a hill cut with the stitched hill Edgers.

The wiring followed the Chibi directions for multiple lights on a circuit, with the positive and negative copper tape winding in parallel lines from the top right of the card inside down the inside of the card front, then meandering through the village. I covered the wiring with strips of 1/2" 80lb card stock with 1/8" holes punched at each light.

I created the snowy base with texture paste smeared onto the scene with a finger, and then sprinkled liberally with diamond dust.

The battery is housed in a pocket made from a rectangle of card stock folded over the battery. The copper tape connects to both inside sides of the folded rectangle. The battery itself sits on the negative lead but is surrounded by 3 layers of foam tape, ensuring that the connection to the positive side of the battery can only be made by pushing the top of the folded rectangle.

The blue layer was made by sponging blue inks onto white cardstock. It is attached with 3 layers of foam tape at the top, to align the top with the level of the tape around the battery housing. The panel was attached with glue tape at the bottom. The tree lines and snowy hills were attached with foam tape, building up to 3 layers of foam tape thickness, making the top and bottom of the card flush with each other. The moon was place over the battery to mark its position as well as to add another feature to the image. The stars were cut from white cardstock (covered with Tulip glow-in-the-dark paint) using the starfall  and the Northern Star dies and then were affixed randomly.

The last element I added to the inside of the box was the Script Merry Christmas, die cut from deep red cardstock.

The front of the card was made by layering a piece of glow-in-the-dark painted cardstock onto a dark blue piece of cardstock, and then layering on top of that a piece of cardstock that I sponged dark blue and die cut with the same star dies as used inside of the card. Finally, the Peace on Earth was diecut from white cardstock and added to the card front.

I hope you enjoyed the card. I know Mom did!
*** Materials for this project available at

Village Church


Village School House


Village Candy Shoppe


Village Grocery Shoppe

Village Book Shoppe


Village Victorian


Village Cottage


Village Shrubs and Trees

Hill With Pine Trees Edger

Evergreen Forest Edger

Stitched Scene Builder Edgers


Santa's Sleigh


Northern Star


Starfall Background


Script Merry Christmas


Large Peace on Earth



  1. Wow Kathy, this is absolutely stunning! I have yet to try the chibi lights but they certainly bring card making to a whole new level. Your sweet little town all lit up like that is beautiful!

  2. Unbelievable! I've been stamping a very long time and there's not much I see anymore that really stops me in my tracks. This card did!! Stunningly beautiful Kathy! The time it took to create this was so worth the outcome. Am sure your mother felt your ❤️