A Light Shone from the Heavens

onto a lowly stable


12/1/20232 min read

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Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

A small scrap of silver foil for star

Card Face:

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and stamped the Holy Family repeatedly with black pigment ink, building up intensity until I was satisfied.

  • The outline of the stable was a separate stamp, so I put that in place and repeated the process.

  • I removed the card face from the Stamp positioner and attached the stencil with Mint Tape.

  • I applied metallic gold pigment ink from the top left, fading as I went down the cardstock. (You will note that I did not apply the gold all the way to the right-hand side).

  • I removed the stencil and applied black pigment ink on the sides and bottom as shown in the image. I left the area around the stamped images stark white to indicate the blinding light enveloping the stable.

  • I overlapped the gold and black slightly, as I wanted to create a dark, dark night broken by the light from the heavens. (I didn’t want to fade between the two colours, but rather create an unmistakable contrast.)

  • I used a lot of the pigment ink- both gold and black - so I put the card face aside to dry for a couple of hours.


I used a die to create the star with silver foil.


  • Once the card face was dry I glued it on the card base, centering on all four sides.

  • I glued the star in place as shown.

  • I added a clear bead in the center of the star.

  • I added small rhinestones into the pattern created by the stencil to add a bit more sparkle to the sky.

Final thoughts:

I really like the drama of this card. If I were making it again I would find a way to make the star more visible: even though it is metallic card stock it doesn’t stand out as much as I’d like from the rest of the sky.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Connect the Dots, A Colorful Life Designs


Black Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Metallic Gold Ink: Delicata, Scrapbook.com

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Silver Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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