Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Nativity Candle Holder

After doing the Halloween tea light luminarias, I thought about doing something for Christmas and had several ideas, but this is the first one to actually get finished.  There was some difficulty getting the vellum to stick, because it had curled a bit from being sprayed with shimmer spray*.  I found out, after I had assembled it with Sticky Strip on the seam, that Tombow Vellum adhesive is worthless for this application.  Within minutes the vellum had peeled off, so then I tried squeezing my hand in the assembled luminaria and adding Glue Dots.  That didn't work either, so I ended up disassembling the whole thing and starting over.  Sticky Strip to the rescue!  That sucker isn't going to fall apart now.

I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position the windows and images on the vellum.  After stamping them with StazOn, the back side of the image was colored with Stampin' Write Markers and then cut it out, leaving about 1/4" - 1/3" extra for adhering.  The windows were stamped on the Shimmery White cardstock with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold EP.

Although I carefully cut out the windows by hand, Jan Tink has a terrific video tutorial for using the Movers and Shapers dies to make windows in luminarias.  Check it out - she's so stinkin' clever!!!

Note: This luminaria uses one whole sheet of 8½ x 11 cardstock.  Place the long side of the paper against the fence of your scoring tool and score the short side at 2-5/8", 5-1/4", 7-7/8" and 10-1/2". Rotate the paper 90 degrees and place the short side against the fence, then score the entire 11" length at 2 5/8".

*Fill a small mist sprayer bottle with about 1/2 oz. rubbing alcohol and add 3 drops Champagne Shimmer Paint.  Shake well and use to add shimmer on cardstock, flowers, ribbon, etc.

Stamp: Holy Triptych (110370)
Cardstock: Shimmery White (101910), White Vellum cardstock (101856)
Inks: Jet Black StazOn (101406), VersaMark (102283) 
Various Stampin' Write Markers  
Accessories/Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Heat Tool (100005), Paper Cutter with scoring blade (104152), Eyelet Border Punch, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129), Sticky Strip (104294), Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (101049)


  1. Cindy, your coloring on this is drop-dead gorgeous--I can't imagine how stunning the luminaria must be with the lights on. . . .

  2. This is gorgeous! I'm sure it looks even more stunning IRL. Now it looks like I'm going to have to get Holy Triptych, so I can CASE you!

  3. Cindy,
    This is so stunning. I should be so talented. These would look so nice on the banquet tables at church for our Christmas Dinner.

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous. You did an awesome job on the coloring.
    Thanks so much for sharing your instructions :-)


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