Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nativity Ornament

Hello Blogger Friends! Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit with the Charmed Life Blog.
Well, it's the 1st Saturday in November and tonight we turn the clocks back an hour to end daylight savings time. Even though our weather has been so mild and it seems like summer wants to linger, the days are now officially getting shorter and winter is soon upon us. 
So tomorrow daylight will end around 5:30. But, I'm ok with it because that means my favorite time of year is just around the corner. Thanksgiving and then Christmas to follow will be coming sooner than we can blink an eye.
So if you haven't been thinking about your Christmas cards, I have one to show you today that would be easy to mass produce. You could use any stamped background or even leave the background plain for a more simpler card.

So let's get started with some details on how I created my card.
White Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Midnight Muse Image Layer: 3 1/2"" x 5 1/2"
Silver side layers: 3/4" x 5 1/2"

My card for today is using the Fancy Nativity Ornament and the Believe with Holly flourish dies. As soon as I saw both these dies I knew I had to have them. It demonstrates in such a beautiful way the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

I started by cutting the ornament and believe word in a silver glimmer paper. I used the Sizzix Precision Base plate to cut the ornament because my Big Shot is older and sometimes needs a little help. You could also use some freezer paper if your machine needs a little assistance.  Both these dies cut so nicely and release from the die easily.
Next, I stamped my starry background. I like this Star of Light stamp set from Stampin'-Up. It helped me to create the explosion of stars that surround the ornament. That's how I imagine the heavens reacted on the night Jesus was born. I stamped with Versamark ink and then used a white embossing powder.
Once the background was finished, I added my ornament and the believe word. I like the contrast with the dark blue background and the silver glimmer paper.
Here are some close up shots of the Nativity Ornament and the Believe word. I cut 2 silver pieces of cardstock 3/4" x 5 1/2" to add to each side of the image panel. I wanted some definition here and also added card interest. By cutting the strips the way I did, it saves on your cardstock.

My final step was to add this image panel to the white card base. I also used foam mounting tape to lift the image panel away from the card base. Just another way to add character to your creation.
Well, that's it for me for this post. So until next time.......God bless.

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