Stampin’ Up Night in Bethehem Diorama

Good Sunday to you all, and I hope your weekend is going well. Did you get that extra hour of sleep? I don’t think I did, though I am such a night owl it is hard to tell sometimes.

I had seen a diorama card on a You Tube video a while back and do not remember who did it. However, my first thought when I saw it was to use the Night in Bethlehem and try to make one.

You need 3 layers for this. I used Night of Navy and Shimmery White card stock. All of it is die cut. The only stamping is the sentiment.

I wanted this to be bold, so I decided to make it 5 x7. It does lay flat, so if you choose to mail it you can. I also made an envelope to fit it.


Here is what I did:

First off I cut the two pieces of Night of Navy and scored them. Then I cut the Shimmery White and scored it.

Across the top of one of the Night of Navy pieces, I cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This die is sized for the narrow side of an A2 card, so I had to move it over and very carefully line it up so I wouldn’t cut another moon, and only ran it partway through the big shot.  I have a 3-1/2″ circle die that I used for the opening in the Night of Navy, centering it side to side and up slightly from center top to bottom.

Then, matching up the score lines with those on the Shimmery White, I laid the Night of Navy over the Shimmery White and had the placement for the smaller circle. For this I used the largest of the Layering Circles dies, and simply put it inside the opening . I used the Magnetic Platform to aid in lining it up, then simply ran it through the Big Shot. Perfect.

You now have a whole Night of Navy panel (background), a Night of Navy panel with a moon and stars and a big circle cut out, and a Shimmery White panel with a smaller circle cut out.

Using the leftover pieces of the Shimmery White, I cut two of each of the Bethlehem Edgelits of the city and one large star.

Laying the Shimmery White piece with the circle cutout over the whole Night of Navy panel for placement, I liquid glued one of the die cut city pieces and the star to the Night of Navy panel. This is the background.


Then, again laying the Shimmery White with the hole over the background, I arranged the second (different) city die cut and glued it to the Shimmery White and partially over the hole to show different buildings in my cityscape.

The final piece is the front of the card which has the circle cutout and the moon and stars. Using the final two city die cuts, I arranged them so they were different views of the buildings and cut off the parts that I didn’t need. These were liquid glued to the Night of Navy with liquid glue, up about 1/4″ from the bottom and about the same in from the sides.

Joseph, Mary and the donkey, and the shepherd, were die cut from Night of Navy and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top of the buildings on the front of the card.


Since there is no inside for a sentiment, it has to go on the front. I used a 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy for this, stamping the sentiment from Joyful Nativity (retired) in Versamark, and heat embossing with White Embossing powder. Using my Paper Snips, I cut the flag ends. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front, just under the stars on the right side. The cityscape tells the story, but I did want a sentiment. I just didn’t want it to overwhelm the rest of the piece.

To finish, fold the ends of the background UP on the score lines. Fold the Shimmery White BACK on the score lines. (Let me say here that you can adhere your Edgelits diecut on either side of the Shimmer white. Mine is on the top, but it could just as easily go on the back. I didn’t want the circle to show, and the lower edge is hidden by the city cuts on the front.) Do what makes your heart happy. It is YOUR card. You get to decide.

top down

I used Liquid Glue to adhere these tabs together, putting the Shimmery White on the inside of the background tabs. Folding the front tabs BACK, liquid glue them to the outside of the folded up tabs of the background.

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope from a subtly striped sheet of paper from my stash.


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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: background and front 5″ x 11″ scored 2″ from each end, sentiment 1/2″ x 3-1/2″, figures 2″ x 3″; Shimmer White: center 5″ x 9″ scored 1″ from each end.

NON STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED: 3-1/2″ circle die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, paper for envelope is from my stash

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Stampin’ Up! Musical Season

Good Monday morning Everyone! Wow! Where does the time go? I am already frantic and it is still 8 weeks until Christmas. I will NEVER be ready! Perhaps someone is trying to tell me something? Like, I need to get out of some of my (self-imposed) responsibilities?

I have not blogged for almost two weeks. Between a couple of special events in which I was VERY involved that took 6 days out of my life, altering two bridesmaids dresses and making great-granddaughter’s mermaid costume for Halloween, I only made it to my craft room yesterday for the first time in 8 days. This is ridiculous! However, yesterday I resumed, not cardmaking, but reorganizing the area. I am not finished, but am making headway. The card for today was done in about 3 short sessions of stolen moments over a period of days.

That said, I am SO glad to be back to making cards. I decided that I would limit myself to one stamp bundle and chose the Musical Season set and the coordinating Musical Instruments dies. I also wanted to try the Eclipse method, of which I have seen a lot lately. Usually, if everyone else is doing it, I shy away from whatever it is. Call me a rebel! The eclipse method is intriguing, so try it I did. Here is my card for today.


After choosing to use Night of Navy for my card base, I picked one of the sheets of Merry Music Designer Series Paper for the background of my card. First, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it.

Next up I used the little drummer boy die from Musical Instruments to cut him out of the music. Then, I adhered the music to a sheet of the Champagne Foil Sheets (with the middle cut out, of course. For those of you new to following me, I normally cut the center out of a foil mat to conserve this more expensive paper. It is from this that I then cut smaller pieces and you would never know that there is not a whole sheet behind the art piece) with Snail. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

I also used the drummer boy die to cut three in Night of Navy. Liquid glue adhered all four pieces together, then back into the background. My eclipse part of this card is finished. Perhaps I will try it again using the Large Letters sometime, but this will do for now.

drummer detail

I really wanted to use the lyre in the set, but just couldn’t make it come out right, so those pieces are waiting to be used on another card sometime. The sentiment banner is cut from Night of Navy and heat embossed with white. I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the card stock to eliminate static, then used the sentiment stamp from Musical Season, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed. I cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch. On the back I added Stampin’ Dimensionals, then whacked off a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wound it around, sticking it to the Dimensionals. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

The dies in the Musical Instruments set are really nice and I would love to use all of them. However, I limited myself to the spray of leaves and berries and the treble clef for this card.

The leaf design was stamped in Old Olive, four times, on Whisper White. Using my Stampin’ Blends, (which you will be able to order tomorrow…..just click on the Order Online button at right) I added color to the leaves and berries. I used the lighter of both Old Olive and Night of Navy to fill in the design, then die cut them. These were arranged rather like a wreath around the sentiment and liquid glued in place.

The clef is cut from the Champagne Foil Sheets as well as Night of Navy, and glued together with liquid glue. I offset these a bit to make a shadow, added some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the front of the card. A bit of liquid glue adhered it to the sentiment label. The front is finished!


On to the inside. I repeated the Champagne Foil mat and Merry Music DSP, then cut two labels from Lots of Labels framelits for my sentiment. The larger one is in Night of Navy and the sentiment one is Whisper White, stamped with Night of Navy. The sentiment is also from the Musical Season set.


Just so we don’t have a naked envelope, I added some of the DSP to the flap and


stamped the drummer boy in Night of Navy on the front.

envelope front

I hope you like this card. If you haven’t tried the eclipse technique, try it. It is fun to do. However, my friend Mary did it using the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which has a gazillion pieces. I am not ready for that. She did a live video which you can see here.

There was a problem with the live feed, but the part with the eclipse technique is there.

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 7″ x10″ scored at 5″, sentiment banner 3/4″ x 5″, drummer boy and clef 3″ x 5″, large label 3″ x 4-1/2″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat and inside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, clef 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White: leaves 4″ x 6″; Merry Music DSP: front art and inside liner (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

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Snowy Christmas Card

Well, like it or not, ready or not, in about 9-1/2 weeks, Christmas will arrive. Yikes! You would think that one didn’t know it was coming with all the last minute activity going on. I have nearly stopped sending cards, but now that I am making them, I want to send LOTS! That means I have to MAKE LOTS! Today was a beginning. I may not get as many done as I would like, but there will be a fair number sent.

I was really just playing around with stamps and dies and a variety of paper today. I like rustic and have this old paper that I should clear out of my stash. It is sort of wood grained blue, sort of scruffy (like peeling paint scruffy) with snowflakes on it. That was my inspiration for this card. Well, really, two card fronts.

As I said, I was playing around and what I did on the inside I didn’t like for a card inside, so it became a card front for a second card. I am showing the fronts today, and at a future, yet-to-be-determined date, I will show you how I decided to finish them.

On the original front, I used a card base of Night of navy. The printed paper already has a wood grain look, but I ran it through the Big Shot with my Stampin’ Up! Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

card front

Using a die from Tonic Studios I cut a large snowflake in Very Vanilla and another in Sahara Sand. I thought the Very Vanilla was TOO bright and fresh for the aged looking paper. The Sahara Sand did a nice job of toning down the brightness. These were adhered together, offset a bit, with liquid glue.

From the Seasonal Layers dies I chose the two small snowflakes and cut them in Very Vanilla. I proceeded to lose one of them, and decided the card didn’t need it anyway, so didn’t cut another. This was liquid glued to the printed panel.

The 1″ strip cut off a full sheet of card stock when making a 5″ x 7″ card became my sentiment strip. The sentiment is from Merry Patterns. I love this font and it is the perfect size for this card. Using my Paper Snips, I cut a flag at one end and liquid glued it to the printed panel.


A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around 3 times and taped to the back. Over this, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the layered snowflake. The final touch was a Linen Thread bow made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 4 times and tying it with another length of thread that I wrapped around the bow 3 times. A Glue Dot holds it in place above the sentiment. Nice.

ON to the inside, er, uh, the second card front. When I decided I didn’t like this for an inside, I simply used my Stampin’ Trimmer and cut the card into two pieces. Easy Peasy!

Another piece of the snowflake, worn looking paper is the mat for the Very Vanilla die cut piece. I used the Swirly Snowflakes dies to cut the bottom half of the panel and liquid glued it to the printed mat. The sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments was stamped in Night of Navy off to the right, leaving room for a couple of Seasonal Layers snowflakes, also in Night of Navy.

inside or second front

I did not dry emboss this printed paper, but I think any future cards using this will be embossed. I think it gives a richer look to the finished piece.

This is a very nice front of the card, but not for the inside. I just think the whole look says, “I am the front of the card.”

The medium Very Vanilla Envelope was stamped on the front with the three small snowflakes stamp from Snowflake Sentiments in Night of Navy across the bottom of the front. This is a lovely little stamp with a lot of potential. The flap is dry embossed with a Darice embossing folder of swirling snowflakes. When I finish the two cards I will need to make a second envelope, but for now this is all there is.

envelope front


While this is not the type of card I will send at Christmas, it could be part of a set of cards as a gift for someone. And with a different sentiment, perhaps “Thank You?” it could be an any occasion type of card.

I hope you enjoyed my experimenting. What fun is it to have all these things to play with and not try anything new? Be brave, and do some experimenting on your own. It is only paper and ink!

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, 2 small snowflakes 2″ x 3″; Very Vanilla: large snowflake 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, sentiment panel 1″ x 5-1/4″, small snowflake 2″ x 2″, inside (or second card front) 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Printed paper: front mat 4″ z 5-1/4″, inside mat (or second card front) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Sahara Sand: snowflake 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

NON Stampin’ Up! products used: Tonic large snowflake die, printed paper, Darice swirling snowflakes embossing folder (envelope)


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