Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh Holy Night!

Hi Blog Friends!

It's finally time for Christmas Cards,
 &  have I been busy here making ours!

I will be entering this card in the
SSS Happy National Christmas Card Day Challenge here: 

I have a very technique laden card for you.
I SO ENJOYED making this card!
I bought the main images ages ago,
as I LOVE Christmas images & can't walk away from some.
I can always use them at some point, even if I don't use them that particular year.
It was time to pull this one out for me.
I used:
 PTI- Petite Places Nativity 

When I create Christmas Cards I usually go for Gold, 
but this year I went with silver! 
I LOVE all of the SPARKLE!
So fitting for a King's Birthday, don't you think?

So, here is my card,

 I wanted to go with blue this year,
but teal turned out to be THE color for me this year!
(Maybe, teal will be the new pink for Christmas cards?)

 I chose two cards in-particular to show you, even though they are all the same, somewhat. LOL
Using Alcohol Inks & Oxide Inks, you just let the inks do their thing,
 & you don't end up with perfectly duplicate cards. 
They're all "one of a kind!"
I like that myself.

(This one has a lighter tree top.)
I used Alcohol Inks on the Nativity Scene/layers of the Petite Scene Bethlehem Dies.
Greens on the forefront piece, browns on the buildings, & blues on the sky.

(This one has a darker tree top.)
Each layer for the Nativity Scene is done with a different Alcohol Ink technique;
from blowing with a straw, to dabbing the mat with ink & smooshing,
 to using the alcohol ink applicator.

I had so much fun playing with these inks.
AND I discovered Yuppo Paper too.
(I've only used photo paper before, & the results are stunning with the Yuppo Paper!
A must have when working with Alcohol Inks!) 

For the ombre background- I used Oxide Inks,
 & giving it a spritz with my Distress Sprayer.

Here are a few close-ups of the scene for you.

Everything is popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I also used Silver Gilding!
A lot of Versamark & Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, & heat embossing..... 
With Silver Gilding, it is difficult to keep it contained, try as you might!
You should have seen the silver floating through the air!
Landing on myself, everything around me, & our kitties!
 I put Silver on the layer behind the blue ombre panel,
the ombre panel-  is done with PTI- Cover-Up Diamonds.

And  lastly, silver on the PTI- Scene It Basic Backer, which shows through the
 PTI- Petite Places- Scene It Bethlehem Die for the stars. 
I added a small Rhinestone to the star for added sparkle & to the front sentiment piece for balance.

The inside.
Very simple.
I used SSS- Swell Christmas.
(I think this is an area I need to work on for next year! Sentiments or verses for the inside. LOL)

It took me about 4 days to complete my cards, but I think it was SO WORTH IT! 
I am pleased with how they came out!

What do you think?

As I made my cards, I listened to 
Casting Crowns newest Christmas CD  found here:
(An early gift from our son.) ;)

You can hear the title song on YouTube here:
Let me just say, this CD is WONDERFUL! ;)
You'll LOVE IT!
If you aren't in the Christmas mood yet, THIS WILL DO IT!!!

I'm still working away on another Christmas project here.
HOPE you like what I showed you today & leave me some Christmas love????

*****This card was chosen "Favorites for the week ending Dec. 16th, 2017" on SCS!*****

Do you have your Christmas Cards done yet?


  1. Beautiful and love the traditional stamp used for CHRISTmas, love the colours too. I discovered yupo ages ago and the results are always fabulous. I have not at this stage been able to stamp over yupo as it seems to 'wipe off' so use it as backgrounds or with my dies. Following your blog.xx[aNNie]🎄

  2. wowowow, this is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!! Love all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow! Beautiful Silver gilding! How stunning, the sparkle and those beautiful blues! Wonderful!


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