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December 18, 2011

Angels Touch Their Harps

One of the loveliest Christmas carols is, "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear". This card depicts that scene, "from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold".

Angel and gold harp card front

The white card base is 5"x7". The musical excerpt is scanned from an old hymnal, then edited in PhotoShop to remove all the other verses. I needed to pair down the music to keep it neat. At this size, I was able to print 4 per page with room to spare.

The sky background is from a sheet I've had for awhile. Sadly, I can't find more of it anywhere. Other sky backgrounds just are not as realistic as this one. On with the card.

Angel and gold harp, front angled

As usual, we learn as we work through these things. For my first card, I placed the music over my gold "mat". Then I thought, in order to save expensive cardstock it would be smarter to cut a frame to place over the music, AND it would look more like a real frame. 

Here's what worked best: On the Gypsy, I designed a frame and placed the harp inside. Voila! Two images for the price of one, literally!

Angel closeup
Angel close-up

For the angel's wings and dress, I cut one on blackout for the backing. The lacy fronts, though pretty, needed something a little extra. Heavenly star glow! (In crafting terms that would be glitter.) Isn't she beautiful!

Angel card inside with poem by Grace Baxter
Copyright 2011 Grace Baxter
All of the card printing was done before assembling the rest. I prepared the card inside on my computer, printing all the words from "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear" on the left panel. The verse on the right side is a poem I composed especially for this card. I love it when God gives me wonderful poems that more fully express the story behind the cards.

I'm looking forward to a Christmas Eve service where, hopefully, we will all be singing some of those wonderful old Christmas carols.


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