Adding Custom Color to Looking Glass Dies
Looking Glass die sets are invaluable tools for creating intricate, layered scenes easily. The new Looking Glass Nativity set is perfect for creating the classic Christmas nativity on your holiday cards. Although the dies can be used most simply with plain cardstock colors to create beautiful scenes, enhancing several of the die-cut layers with ink will create unique and custom designs.
To make today’s card, I started by die-cutting each of the three layers of the Looking Glass Nativity set from square pieces of cardstock. For the stable layer, I die cut pieces from Dove White, Woodland, and Lapis cardstock so that I could inlay the background pieces. I used my favorite blending brushes to ink the Lapis sky piece with Blue Hawaii and Purple Galaxy inks and to ink the Dove White stable interior piece with Lemon Drop ink. After placing these inked pieces around the Woodland stable, I secured them in position with tape on the back. Then, I added some small, white stars with acrylic paint using the tip of my tweezers. I also added an inked yellow halo with Precision Glue.
Next, I die cut the star layer from white cardstock. Again, using blending brushes, I colored the star with Lemon Drop ink and the palm trees with Green Apple and Root Beer inks, masking the sections of the trees for each color. I cut the final layer, the Magi and camel, from Sand cardstock. I aligned the three layers on top of each other and secured them with glue at the edges.
To create the cover panel, I die cut a square window, slightly larger than the nativity scene, into a trimmed panel of Lapis cardstock with a Square Infinity Die. After applying a hint of Blue Hawaii and Purple Galaxy ink to the top of the panel, I stamped several stars from the Holiday Sparkles set with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink across the panel to create a subtle background. I secured the nativity scene behind the window and then added the completed panel, with foam tape, to a white card base that I had layered with a panel of Canary cardstock.
For the card’s sentiment, I used the Christmas Words Fancy Die set to cut the word “Noel” three times from white cardstock. I inked one of the die cut words with Lemon Drop ink and then glued the three pieces on top of each other to create a dimensional sentiment. I also added a small sentiment banner that I stamped and white embossed from the Holiday Peg Dolls set on Woodland cardstock. To finish the card, I added a pair of Sunset Enamel Dots for some shine.
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