Stampin’ Up! Wise Men From Afar

Good Wednesday to you all. I hope you are all ready for Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. I am not, but I will be when I need to be. I have a plan and that is half the battle!

Today’s offering is probably my favorite of all the holiday cards I have done. This one is just what I wanted it to be. Not always do the ideas in my head turn into the card I thought I wanted. This one did. Take a look.

front

I began with a Sahara Sand card base. To this I Liquid Glued a panel of Gold Foil Sheets. The art piece is also Sahara Sand into which I die cut the star from Bethlehem Edgelits. Not wanting a black star, but a Gold one, I placed the Sahara Sand piece over the Basic Black mat and drew around the star onto the black. This was my guide. I did not cut the star, but a small circle using the Layering Circles Framelits. This was large enough to allow the gold panel to show through.

Next, I stamped the 3 Wise Men in Versamark, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the placement correct. These were heat embossed with Gold Emboss Powder AFTER I swiped the surface with my Embossing Buddy. This gave me the placement for the city of Bethlehem. I wanted it to be black, like a silhouette, so had to decide whether to stamp the skyline or die cut it.

I opted to die cut, and so glad I did. The Basic Black card stock shows through and is much more silhouette looking I think. To only get part of the die to cut, I offset the top cutting plate of my Big Shot to end just at the edge of the tall building. The big shot will not cut if both plates are not covering the die. It cut perfectly. I saved all the little window pieces.

The sentiment, from Wise Men From Afar, was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in gold. I then liquid glued the stamped, embossed and die cut panel to the Basic Black mat and onto the Gold Foil panel.

Placing the cut out piece of the city (I guess the positive), back into the space it left, I then knew where to glue the windows. Using my tweezers and liquid glue I adhered them and removed the positive city silhouette. This is so cool!

detail

For the inside I used the star from Night in Bethlehem and stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed it in Gold.  I used the other sentiment from Wise Men From Afar, again in Versamark and Gold Emboss Powder.  Below it I stamped the city from Night in Bethlehem in Basic Black. Wow! I do like this. inside

This panel was glued to a Basic Black mat and into the card base.

For the Medium Crumb Cake envelope I again stamped the city in Basic Black on the front and a heat embossed gold star on the flap.

I hope you like this card as much as I like it. This one will become multiples to send to friends. Who knows, I may even package up a few to sell at our bazaar next week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving whatever you do tomorrow.

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Card Cuts: Sahara Sand: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment panels (cut 2) 3-3/4″ x 5″; Basic Black: front and inside mats (cut 2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Gold Foil Sheets: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

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