Monday, July 23, 2018

Non-Traditional Colors Manger Scene

The challenge at International Art and Soul got me thinking about my favorite Christmas tradition. I try to  to remind my grandchildren of the true meaning of Christmas, that God sent His promised Son, born of a virgin, to live among men and to die for their sins. The story is both humble and holy. I always set out a manger scene when my kids were little and now they do the same for their kids.

 I had seen the challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown to make a non-traditional card. I don't usually think of cocoa, purple, orange, pink, and gold to represent the night Christ was born, but scraps I had out on my table seemed to work well together with a Cottage Cutz manger scene die. The purple Pansy paper from Make Waves with white dots reminded me of a starry sky. I thought the Tangerine and Blossom dots could be a stream of light from the star that shone so brightly that night.

The die actually had the star attached to the manger, but I trimmed off the Cocoa star and cut just that edge of the die with Gold glitter paper and placed it high in the sky.  I used scrap paper to try different patterns of light until I found one I liked and traced it onto the Tangerine and Blossom dotted paper. I started to make it big enough to hold the sentiment, but in the end decided the sentiment looked better outside the spotlight. The gold edges are made from Gold Shimmer Trim.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will also make cards that spread the joyful message of the true meaning of Christmas!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges;

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Non-traditional Christmas Card
Aud Sentiments Challenge #208 - Christmas in July + a sentiment
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' July Challenge - anything goes Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #477 - Christmas
Crafter's Castle Challenge #7 - anything goes  option/Christmas in July
Crafty Catz Challenge #426 - anything goes with Dies and Punches
Crafty Galz Corner #170 - Christmas in July
Dragonfly Journeys Challenge #123 - Christmas in July
International Art and Soul Challenge #38 - Christmas Traditions
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a die or punch


Chris said...

Beautiful design, love the way you've 'spotlighted' the Nativity scene, the non -traditional colours are gorgeous. thank you for entering our July Challenge at CaSS

AlisonC said...

Unusual colours as you say, but they work beautifully. I love the burst of light coming down, it really makes it. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

Sheryl said...

Love the silhouette die cut against that beautiful background.
Thanks for joining us at CRAFT this week.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Janette said...

Thankyou for sharing your beautiful card with us at CraftyCatz this week..x

Lucinda said...

This is a great composition, and I agree that this very unusual colour scheme actually works fantastically. Thanks for joining in with the 52CCT.

Kim Hamilton said...

Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

sweet art designs said...

Very pretty. The purple works! Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

Jeanie Ellis said...

I love your non-traditional Christmas colors! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges this week. Be sure to join us next time too!
Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
Crafty Gals Corner Challenges

Jeannie said...

Hi Vickie! This is just beautiful and I love the colors and the layout. Great die cut too. Thanks so much for joining my Christmas in July blog challenge and good luck :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Furrbster said...

This is really lovely - your patterned paper works really well for the scene!

Thanks for joining us over at Aud Sentiments,

Hugz Tinz

Kleri F said...

Great use of the dies!Very pretty card!Thank you for sharing with us at the Crafty Gals Corner!Hope you join us again soon!
Kleri DT (My blog)

Deborah Adams said...

Very pretty. I love how you added the silver lining and stars. That die is lovely.Thanks for joining us at International Art & Soul.
Debbie DT