Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Nativity Triptych

Welcome!  Today I’m playing with another one of my found images.  These are stamped items I had coloured up, and was intending to make into cards long ago, but completely forgot about them!  They’re like little treasures everytime I discover one!  Today’s is a lovely one.  This is with Stampin’ Up’s set Holy Triptych.  I still think it is one of their most elegant sets to date.  I had embossed the design onto watercolour paper and watercoloured the images in rich but almost neutral tones, using my SU markers and a waterbrush.   I thought it would be a great trio of images to make into a triptych design to decorate with this Christmas.  Triptych literally means three-fold.  Its traditionally a piece of art that is divided into three sections and held together by hinges in between the panels, and it can be folded shut or displayed open...there’s your little bit of Wikipedia knowledge for today!

I think what also makes this design classy is the use of these Spellbinders dies.  These dies are called Radiant Rectangles.  The layering of the cut pieces really showcases the scenes like little mini portraits.

Here are the Magi.  As you can see I edged the ovals in a shimmery gold metallic ink and I also sponged it onto the first burgundy layer as well.  That metallic shimmer is really pretty.  

I doubled up each large burgundy die cut piece to give the whole thing more stability, so the back is finished as well.  Between the triptych pieces I added a piece of scored cardstock so the panels fold in and then added a gold metallic brad to also hold it firmly together.  

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus are also watercoloured and I’ve added some shimmery pen to the star and halo around Jesus.  

And finally the lovely angel.  I think it’s a beautiful piece and it will find a home on our mantle with some of our other decorations.  I do love nativity scenes and we have a number of them!  

We haven’t even put up our tree yet.  Hopefully this weekend, so this piece is my first decoration!  

See you tomorrow friends!


Colleen Dietrich said...

Just splendid, Christine!

KarinsArtScrap said...

omg this is stunning Christine, love the design and your images, fab colours too.
Gr Karin

BJ Searcy said...

Fantabulously Gorgeous. Love the (?)Rich Razzleberry(?)
card stock and your coloring is marvelous!

Unknown said...

This is so lovely. Thank you so much for continuing to share your talents and gifts with us.

Sue Lutz said...

Absolutely gorgeous Christine! So meaningful for Christmas.

Karen W said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful way to start out your decorating, such wonderfully colored and those dies do a wonderful job of framing them!! Have a great weekend!

Leslie Miller said...

This is simply gorgeous, Christine! Love the burgundy and gold and the beautiful die cuts. A few years ago my friend made one of these for me with the same set. Sent it to me as a Christmas card, but I bring it out every year as a decoration.

Stacy Morgan said...

THUD!!! Christine this is gorgeous. The embossing is so rich and beautiful. Love the fold and design. Gorgeous!