Christmas Card-“The Gospel According to John”

This photo of my oldest and youngest child has a “Madonna and Child” look about it that I like.  The photo itself is grainy because of the high ISO setting in the dimly lit hospital room, so I decided to use it as a template for a Christmas card.

First I cut out the general shape in some decorative paper, and then I cut up the photo into sections to use as templates for the details of the picture.

And I had to take a break at this point to do bedtime routine with my dumplings, but I worked some more on it at night.  These next three  pictures aren’t great, but I’ll post them anyway just to show you how it came together.

At first I tried sheet music as the background but I decided on a dark brown circle card instead. Then I added a smaller circle of coordinating paper to frame Mary’s head.

I have a lot of bibles that have fallen into disrepair so I pulled one of my smaller texts out and found the title page for the book of John to paste on. I also cut out “swaddling clothes” from the first page of John: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)

I wound up using the sheet music to make a double-layer star topped with a gold sequin, all mounted on a 3D dot.

I put the finishing touches on it this morning–some prisma-glitter on Mary’s clothing and a bit of distressing ink here and there.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week full of Christmas cheer! We’re eating way too many sweets and watching too many movies over here!  haha! Oh well.  It’s only once a year.

God bless you and your family as we head into the final week before Christmas.  ♥



  1. Oh my goodness, this is SO beautiful!!! You have SUCH amazing talent and skills in creating beautiful things!!!

  2. Melissa Trantham

    I love this card…I think it would be pretty with your kids’ photo, too!

    • Thanks Missy, I thought of you when I was choosing the colors. You always have such pretty
      papers that you use in your cards 🙂

  3. Wow. That would go in a frame at my house — not in the mail!

  4. I love this! What a great idea and it turned out just beautiful!

  5. Melanie Keel

    All I can say Scarlett is WOW….you impress me more and more as time goes by. I love this card so special. I loved the picture of M. and K. but never imagined the beauty you could create from it. Your wonderful!!!! Love Aunt Mel.

  6. OK, how many of these did you make? you’re awesome. 😉

  7. jeana Boatright

    I still see Maddie’s sweet profile in the template. I am so glad you have this outlet for your creativity. I know it helps although things have been really
    difficult. I am very proud of you and in awe of your talent.

  8. Great Job!!! You inspire me. 🙂 I love to see how you went through your process and read what you were thinking as you created. 🙂

    • Hey Teri! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to comment on here and your words of encouragment mean a lot to me 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  9. This is so beautiful! I love how you did it~ So inspiring~

  10. This is beautiful!! I love it :))


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