Hello there Joy Clair friends! It's Kerry here and I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest religious holiday sets debuting in the Joy Clair collection this month! I just love this nativity set in Christmas Nativity and the scripty sentiments in Born is the King and know they will be some of my favorite sets to make Christmas gifts with this year! Just take a look at the design of these "block-carved" nativity designs! Aren't they whimsical, playful and cute? I LOVE them!!!
To create my nativity card, I selected just a few focal images (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the sheep and the cow) as well as the build-a-manger logs to create my scene. I started out by applying some gold Pan Pastel to the background of a piece of white cardstock to mimic His golden light. After that, I built the manger to invite them in, colored Mary, Joseph and the animals on a separate piece of cardstock with colored pencils, cut them out, and then stamped baby Jesus in the central position of the manger.
After that, I arranged the characters around the stable and included some straw for warmth.
I chose colored pencils because I love the softness I can create using them. I also love the natural colors that are brought out that accentuate the natural straw element.
This card is very special and I can't wait to send it out as my very first Christmas Card of the season. No sentiment is necessary...
My next card features the Born is the King set. I love this set simply because of the scripty nature, the theme and the versatility of the sentiments. I love that they can add "fancy" to a plain card or can really make a background POP! As I love to create striking backgrounds, I decided to do just that with my first play date with this set.
Let's take a peek at my process:
First I cut a sheet of canvas into a convenient A2 card size. After that, I used my Tombow markers (colors pictured below) to mark up the canvas.
After that, I dried the marker color using my heat gun and then flicked a few splatters of water here and there to make some water droplet impressions. I let that dry and applied some sparkle liquid. Then it was on to stitching the background...
I decided to make a snowflake-like stitching pattern with the background. I think it works well with the Christmas theme and also works well with the cool colors in the background. I used gold thread for this design and added little golden pearls to the center of each golden snowflake.
After the stitching was done, I applied the sentiment using my Misti and some black ink and attached some pretty coordinating ribbon and an organza bow to finish it off. You can see how the pearly shimmer and shine shows up on the card in the the photo below.
Once done and adhered to the card, I inserted the decorated panel into a picture frame so that I could display it during the holidays or give it as a festive gift.