Paper Nativity Scene – Christmas Village

I thought I would share this lovely Nativity scene with you. I cut the figures using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. Each figure comes with stands so that you can display them standing up.

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Note: The figures cut out dis-proportionally to each other, so if you cut all the images at 5 inches for example, some figures may be too small or too large compared to the other pieces in the scene. Luckily, I was able to use Design Studio to gauge my sizes before cutting, saving me time and paper. Here are the sizes I used in cutting each figure in case you have this cartridge and would like to cut your own Nativity.

Mary ~ 4 inches
Baby Jesus ~ 3 inches
Joseph ~ 6 inches
Shepherd Boy ~ 4 1/2 inches
Wiseman with gift ~ 6 inches
Wiseman Kneeling ~ 5 inches
Wiseman with Camel ~ 7 1/2 inches
Cow ~ 3 1/2 inches
Sheep ~ 3 inches
Donkey ~ 4 1/2 inches

Happy Holidays!
Vanessa

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Candy Canes and a Wreath Card

Hi all! This is an A2 sized Christmas card using Sizzix’s Wreath embossing folder (from the Birds of a Feather & Wreath set). I colored in the embossed image with Bic’s red and green fine tip permanent markers (don’t have any Copics yet :)). Then I applied Glossy Accents to the colored image and waited for it to dry. I added adhesive pearls in two sizes to the leaves. The candy canes were cut using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. I flipped one of the candy canes and cut them in alternating colors. Since the Christmas Village cartridge doesn’t have any layering options, I used Design Studio to hide the contour lines of two canes to get a solid color (one white, one red). I then cut two unaltered canes so that the “holes” would cut out (one red, one white). After I adhered the layers together, I ran them through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. I crisscrossed the canes with some adhesive and then added a double loop bow in green Christmas ribbon. I made the bow using my homemade version of a “Bow Easy”. I adhered the candy canes to the card using dimensional foam tape. The cream cardstock was also trimmed on the corners using a corner rounder punch before being adhered to the red card base.

Nativity Card – Joy to the World

When we think of Christmas, it’s usually filled with images of red and green whether it’s ornaments, holly, presents, wreaths, or candy. For this Nativity card, these colors just didn’t seem to fit because if we reflect on the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, we see a different scene in our minds filled with a stable and a baby in swaddling clothes. So I chose more natural colors to depict the wondrous birth of Jesus those many years ago.

I used Cricut’s Christmas Village to cut out Mary (2 3/4 inches), Baby Jesus (2 inches), and Joseph (4 inches). These images are actually intended to be set up 3-dimensionally (it has a cut in the base of each image to insert a stand). I hid these cut lines using Design Studio because I wanted the images to be used on a card. The light blue and tan cardstocks mimicking the sky and sand are from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack. The sand layer is a sheet of music (it reminds me of Christmas songs dedicated to Jesus’ birth such as “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger”). The star image is cut from Accent Essentials in blackout at 1 inch. I used Star Dust Stickles on the star for shimmer and added ribbon to two corners of the card. The inside stamped images are from Stampabilities (bought at Hobby Lobby).

Merry Christmas!

Vanessa

Elegant Burgundy Ornament Card

I am really pleased how a simple image from Cricut’s Christmas Village can look so elegant just by the paper and embellishments you use. I cut the ornament image at 5 inches using My Mind’s Eye’s O Christmas Tree Paper Stack and then I cut it again (hiding the contour lines so a solid shape would cut) in goldish-brown cardstock from the Paper Studio. The glittered background mat is also from the O Christmas Tree Paper Stack. I used burgundy ribbon form the Paper Studio for embellishment prior to pop-dotting the ornament on top. I then finished the ornament using burgundy adhesive gems. The inside of the card is matted using the same paper as the ornament to coordinate with the front of the card. The “Merry Christmas” and manger stamps are from Stampabilities (bought at Hobby Lobby).

Thanks for checking out the card!

Vanessa

Wreath Christmas Card

Hi all – here is another card I made using Cricut’s Christmas Village. I cut the wreath image in green and red cardstock at 5 inches to fit a 5×7 card base. The only issue I have with the Christmas Village cartridge is that it doesn’t have a layer feature which would easily allow you to add different colors to your image. So I found a work around using Design Studio software. I cut a wreath out in red cardstock but prior to cutting, I hid the contour lines so the berries would not cut out. I then cut an unedited wreath in green cardstock which allowed the circles for the berries to cut. I paper pieced the green wreath portion to fit on top of the red wreath using scissors. This allowed the red bow and red berries to show through. I ran the wreath layers through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for texture and then used glossy accents on top of the “berries” to add shine and dimension. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wreath is popped up with foam dimensionals. The green music sheet is from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa

Candy Cane Card

I have been on a cardmaking roll trying to get all of my Christmas cards finished in time for mailing. I made 6 cards today but it seemed to take the entire day to complete them. A lot of the time was designing them using Design Studio to cut shapes appropriate for a 5×7 card, my preferred mailing size. I have already posted the other two cards I made this morning (the ornament card from Wild Card and the Christmas mouse card from Four Legged Friends). If you would like to see these, just click on “Home” and scroll down or you can click “Christmas” under the Cards folder found in Categories (right hand menu).

This candy cane card was cut using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. I cut this at 5 inches in white and then cut it again in red. I used Design Studio to hide the contour lines for the red layer so that a solid cane would cut and peek through the top white layer. I embossed the white layer with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and then tied a small red ribbon around the cane. The green patterned paper is from the Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack by the Paper Studio.

“Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse”

I love this card! I made this for my husband’s daughter who is an adult but loves the excitement of Christmas as much as I do. I thought she would get a kick out of this fun Christmas card. The mouse is cut at 3 inches from Four Legged Friends. I used the Christmas Village to cut the presents at 2 inches and the tree at 4 1/2 inches. The piece of candy is from Designer’s Calendar cut at 1 inch. The light green cardstock mat is from Michael’s Recollections Sugar Plums stack and it repeats part of the “The Night Before Christmas” story: “The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads”. I used various glitter glues, Glossy Accents, and Stickles to highlight the presents and tree ornaments. The ribbon and the 5×7 card base are from Hobby Lobby’s The Paper Studio line.

Thanks for looking!

Vanessa