Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monochrome Nativity

I set off to make this a monochromatic card, and then decided midstream to make it fit not only the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge (nativity card) (I know I'm late posting...sigh) but also the Peachy Keen Stamps challenge for this week (#14), which was a card recipe: use a stamped image, colors brown and pink, glitter, and a piece of ribbon.

I stamped the image (Nativity Scene from Heartfelt Creations) on kraft cardstock and used 2 Prismacolor pencils (Ivory and Dark Umber) to shade and highlight, blending occasionally with OMS. I added glitter highlights on the rays of the star, extending the downward ray down to the manger. To add some pink in, I found a bit of ribbon that was 2 colors of brown with a pink polka-dot, and sponged a little pink on my sentiment tag (Christmas Greeting). Just that little touch of pink softened the whole card without detracting from the image. Love it.

I can't seem to stop making Christmas cards - hopefully something I've made will inspire you in your Christmas card making this year while there's still time! I have a stamped gift in mind for our co-workers but I'm still thinking on a simple, mass-produceable card for Christmas.... Right now we are looking toward the end of our semester...planning a staff ladies' Christmas tea... brainstorming our Christmas/graduation celebration...and making plans to attend a wedding of 2 our students in a tribal location at the end of December. Exciting stuff!

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  1. The shading on the image is so excellent that for a moment I thought it was a 3D card..superb coloring Dina.

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I love the monochramatic shading of the image. Just stunning.


  3. I've rarely seen anything so beautiful!!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Peachy Keen.
    Viv xx

  4. This is such a sweet little scene. Love your coloring and layout..just so beautiful :)

  5. This is such a sweet little scene. Love your coloring and layout..just so beautiful :)

  6. Wow- this is gorgeous! I just love this!!! TFS

  7. What an awesome card Dini! It is beautiful beyond words. Thank you ever so much for playing along with us at Peachy Keen Stamps! Hugs to you, KathyJ