I have a soft place in my heart for the images in Stampin’ Up!’s All Ye Faithful stamp set. To me, the sketched images appear to be wooden figurines. As such, I don’t add a lot of color to the figures – instead, I tend to lean toward the blacks and browns when designing a project with them. That’s exactly what I did when I made this card with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus for one of my local stamp clubs. Here’s my project:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Home for Christmas. While the Home for Christmas pack of Designer Series Paper contains some many fun pages (the Santas, the reindeer, the candy cane stripes), this page of sheet music for Silent Night stands out as purely beautiful. Basic Black on weathered Very Vanilla – so striking. It just felt right to pair this paper with this image of the Nativity. I’ve been using this paper since it first arrived on my doorstep, and I saved this piece for a sweet and simple project – and I’m glad I did.
- Light Blending. I stamped the image on the Crumb Cake panel with Archival Basic Black ink and again on a piece of Very Vanilla. I used a Blender Pen to paint Crumb Cake onto the Very Vanilla piece before snipping it out and gluing it down over the one on Crumb Cake. You really can’t color over the image too many times or you will start to tear into the paper. I used steady, broad strokes moving mostly from the tops of the images to the bottom. I added a little extra ink to some of the folds of the robes for added depth. I made this card with one of my local clubs. They really enjoyed creating the texture on the figures.
- A Touch of Shine. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to add color to the project – the Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake combination made me very happy. I did, though add a little shine to Baby Jesus’ halo – at Lydia’s suggestion. I squeezed a small amount of Gold Glitz Dazzling Details onto a clear block and used an old Blender Pen to pick some up and dab it onto the image. No swiping or smearing – just dabbing. It gave my project the right amount of added dazzle.
Stamp Sets: All Ye Faithful, Jingle All the Way Papers: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Inks: Archival Basic Black, Crumb Cake Accessories: Blender Pens, Gold Glitz Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals
The stamps and Designer Series Paper I used for this project will be retired at the end of this catalog season. They are currently available on a “while supplies last” basis, so please get them now if you want them. 🙂 To see a list of all the other items that are currently on the Retired List, click here.
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