Tuesday 14 September 2021

Pop Out Nativity Decoration


     This is not a card, it's a decoration made with card using a card die. I made two cards with this die set and when I picked them up to move them they fitted together rather well, so I played around and worked out it would make a nice circular decoration, this one has three sections but it would work just as well with four.
    As I wanted three different sections and it's for Christmas what could be better than the nativity as a theme. Raiding my die sets I found I was one short so I have to thank Rene for lending me hers.
    Armed with wise men, the stable and some shepherds I worked out who would go where by which way they were facing. I also got a little happy with the scissors and chopped off a few bits here and there so they suited my plan. 
     The front band on these cards doesn't have a fold line on it, it's what gives it the ability to stand well, this is also where I wanted to add the greetings. To get the right height I cut the scene part first and then cut the band, taking great care not to cut off the scene. This can be achieved by slipping the scene part over the top of the die to avoid the cutting edge, just making sure the 'sandwich' in the machine was not too strong as it may have creased the scene.
     For the folding tabs inside I followed the same procedure with the exception of the donkey and camel, these were on different dies so I had to get creative with my cutting plates. I cut the donkey first, putting the top plate over the donkey but short of the other end of the tab, then I cut the camel by putting the top plate over the camel but short of the donkey. It sounds complicated but it really isn't, a machine will only cut if the sandwich is thick enough so if there's a thick layer missing it won't be able to cut.
     Once all the bands were cut I used the stencil greetings to cut them and added silver glitter card on the inside to sparkle through the words.
     I cut three sets of silver mirri mats and three sets of white card for the backings. For the wise men and the shepherds I embossed with stars but for the stable I used a ray of light folder on the white layers.
     When I glued the mat layers I left the bottom corners free so I could tuck the band underneath them for a tidier finish.
     To make the stable scene special I cut the angel, a star and the family in silver holographic card, mounting the angel and star on an acetate tab instead of card.
     With all three sections complete I then glued them together to form a circle. In hindsight I should have made sure all the bands where matched in height where they meet, maybe next time. 
     This would be great displayed on a lazy susan so it could be turned around to view all sections.

Materials List
JND213 - Stepper Fold Card die set
JND130 - O Little Town die set
JND131 - Nativity Scenes die set
JND199 - Christmas Sentiments
CTGFP-1 - Craft Artist Silver Glitter Card
CAT041 - Craft Artist Silver Card Mirri/Satin mix
S57262 - 3D PVA Glue
S57085 - 6mm Redline Tape

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - TicTacToe = Bling/Die cut/Trees
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #559 Anything Christmas/option Patterned paper or card
Winter Wonderland - September Anything But A Card 
Merry Little Christmas - #38 Anything Christmas
Die Cut Divas - September Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers (Dies) - September Anything Goes
Let's Craft & Create - #175 Lots Of Layers
Gem Of A Challenge - #19 Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy - #101 Anything Christmas     Top 3


  1. Wow-such an awesome project! The attention to detail is fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  2. This is really fabulous Rocky! What an awesome idea!

  3. What an amazing project! So clever of you to figure out how to fit them all together. Thanks so much for joining in on our latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Cheryl W, DT

  4. How lovely - the embossing really adds wonderful depth to this decoration. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  5. Wow! This is just amazing!
    Liv (Swissie) xx

  6. what a cool design ... so very glad you joined us for a game of Tree Skirt Tic Tac Toe at Jingle Belles.

  7. Wow this is a stunning festive decoration and your pictures really show all the detail perfectly. I really like the embossed detail on your back panels too. Thanks for joining us at Let's Craft & Create, happy crafting, Michelle x

  8. Simply fabulous and so creative. Love the neutral colours. Thanks for sharing with us at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge.

  9. such a lovely card, the circular stand up design is incredible, WOW! thanks for joining our tic-tac-toe fun at JINGLE BELLES!

  10. Beautiful project Rocky. What a wonderful scene to have on display at Christmas. Thank you for entering the Use some patterned paper Challenge at CHNC.

  11. Such a lovely card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Let's Craft and Create Challenge Blog
    Hugs Ilonka DT


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