Nativity Play with Kay

Hi there! I have a sweet Christmas card to share with you today featuring the adorable new Nativity Play stamp set along with the Radiating Star Stencil and Joyful Sentiments from last year, that I just love!

I started by stenciling the background with the Radiating Star Stencil. I used yellow dye ink with a little bit of red in the center, on Bristol Board Card stock. I then stamped the sentiment from the Joyful Sentiments a little to the right of the star.

The adorable little images were colored with Copic markers, cut out with the coordinating dies, and adhered with foam tape. 

Supplies used on this card:

I hope you have enjoyed my card today! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)

Nativity Diorama Shadow Box Cards with Bibi | Video Post

Hello from Scotland,  it's Bibi Cameron and today I have loads of pictures and ideas to create extra cute diorama/shadow box cards using beautiful Neat and Tangled supplies from the latest releases.

 I  used  "Nativity Play", "Angel Wings" and "Oh dear" stamp and die sets by Neat and Tangled.I also used Seeing Starts dies and  Card Front Designs die set.

All the cards in this post are 1"depth.

In the video below I'm sharing the card making process, some tips and a formula to create this kind of cards in any size. 

As I mentioned in the video. I  used  300 grams and 240 grams paper to make these cards. 

I thought that 300 grams paper could be to thick for this projects but you can make your own mind about what kind of paper you would prefer to use after watching my video. I'm still not sure what it is the best.  I'm Ok with 300grams but I  found easier to work with 240 grams or 270 grams paper for this kind of project. Just because the thick cardstock is very stubborn!

For the card above I used 240 grams paper. 

The front of this car measures 6"x6" inches and the card folded measures 7" width so that the envelope was customized to fit a 6"x7" inches card.  I used an envelope punch board to make the envelope. it only takes 30 secs. 

This is my fav card size to create a nativity scene with images from Nativity Play and Angel Wings. I just feel I  have more room to lay out elements.

I added colours to all the images in this post using Ciao Copic Markers ( Set B) and I added shimmer with a Nuvo Shimmer Pen.

You won't have any trouble to fit the cards inside the envelopes. They will be just a bit bulky I think that using 300 grams paper for cards that will be mailed could be a better option.

Here you can see how the card lay flat on the envelope and yes! This card is big. I love it!

Here is a card that will fit a C6 American standard envelope. Folded it measures 5-1/2 " x 4-1/4" inches. However, to fit the angels and Balthazar the card might need a larger envelope so I used a UK British standard C6 envelope but this was only because some of the die cuts are out of the frame.

I used 300 grams cardstock to make this card. The 3rd layer of cardstock is made out of 240 grams cardstock.

Below another card idea, the layout is not vertical but horizontal also using 300 grams.

 You don't need to do anything different to put this card together, just turn around the paper and stick your images as they fit better or in any orientation.

I also used Cubic Simply  Stencil  and Distress Oxide Inks to add interest to front  panels of the cards.

The front if this card measures 5-1/2 " x 4-1/4" inches and folded it measures 5-1/2 " x  5-1/4" inches. 

It will fit in a 6"x6"  envelope or you can customize envelope to perfect size using an envelope punch board.

So here is the formula for a 4 layers Shadow Box  Card - Diorama Card

  • WIDTH: 
To calculate the width of the paper you need to add the envelope / or card front width + desired box depth.

If you want your shadowbox to be  1"  deep you need to score the paper 1" from both ends. If you want a slim shadow box card e/g.  1/2"inch you should apply formula above and score the paper 1/2" from both sides.

  • LENGHT:  
For a square or rectangular card, you can choose your desired length...  any length is ok but keeping proportions.

When you add layers of paper into your shadowbox,  the walls of your box became thicker and thicker so that the inserts should be slightly narrower and when you adhere them into your card they will keep straight and they won't bend inside so that the card will fold flat.

Off course,  this is not something  I read in a book.  It is just my own personal formula to make the job easy. Although I have to accept that I can easily skip any of the steps and my cards will be wonky..  it is fine tho.. perfection and handmade sometimes are not a good match :) lol.

 The inside panels or inserts pieces do not need to have the same width and depth than the exterior box but they can have the same length as the box if you want to. I like it that way but depending on what you are planning to do you can do different staff with shorter inserts... e.g. add stripes of grass, clouds etc into your cards.

1. To calculate the size of  the insert that goes behind the front panel  you need the next formula:

 Envelope /card front width  - minus  1/8" inches
To calculate where to score folding lines at both ends of your panels, you need to divide the depth of your box by two  (2). 

2. To calculate the size of a second panel behind the front panel of the box you need the next formula:

Envelope / or card front width -   minus 1/2 of the box depth  measurement  -  minus 1/8" inches
To calculate where to score the folding lines at the end of your panels you need to divide the depth of your box by four 4.

I explain all this a bit better in the video . Soundss a bit confusing but that's the math to create a perfectly shaped shadowbox or diorama card.

Make sure to watch my video.. available here!

happy crafting!

Neat and Tangled Throwdown Winner!

Hello friends!

Dropping in to announce the winner of our most recent Throwdown Challenge: Tutorials!

There were so many great entries - you all made it very difficult to choose!  But the winner for this challenge was Mindy Eggen! Congratulations, Mindy!

She had great photos, and her video tutorial was amazing! She did a great job of walking us through the creation of her card, giving lots of detail and tips along the way! Be sure to check it out HERE :)

Thank you so much to everyone that entered! Look for our next challenge in December!


Monochromatic Trees with Miriam

I am in the thick of Christmas card making.  The big event is just over two months away and my pile needs to grow substantially before then.  

I thought I would pull out an old favorite, my Scandinavian Prints Christmas set.  

There are so many possibilities with this set, and I've found for cards like this, one of the easiest and quickest ways to work is to settle on an ink family and just mix and match the tones.  

For this card, I'm using Altenew's Sea Shore inks.  

I penciled in a ground line, and then stamped the trees varying the shades and combinations.  I did mock this up on some scrap paper to find the combination I liked best.

I usually stamp my sentiments in black, but decided to stay with the color scheme and stamp with the darkest shade of ink in the set.

To add a little bit of sparkle and texture, I added a thin line of liquid adhesive and then dropped glitter over top.

Once you figure out the combination of trees you want to use, this is really a quick and easy card, perfect for mass producing and nice and flat for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Nativity scene with Elena

Hi there!

Elena here, with a card combining 2 of the sets from our latest release: Nativity Play and Angel Wings.

Nativity scene (Neat and Tangled)

I am so happy to have a nativity set for my Christmas cards this year! I stamped out Mary and Joseph and colored them with copic markers. I created stripes in Mary's tunic with a darker red marker, and gave Joseph a darker skin color. I just love the way Mary is looking down at baby Jesus!

Nativity scene (Neat and Tangled)

The angel has come to give them good news! I know the angels come to tell the shepherds, but still. Maybe I'll create another card with a few shepherds and sheep! Joseph could definitely stand in for a shepherd and the sheep in Nativity Play kills me, he's so cute.

Nativity scene (Neat and Tangled)

I set the images against a patterned paper of night sky, and the sentiment was heat-embossed onto a kraft-colored hill. With a W1 copic marker, I added some shading below the images. I love how this adds dimension and grounds Mary and Joseph.

I hope you like it! If you create anything with any of these new sets, we'd love to see! Be sure to tag us #neatandtangled on instagram!


October 2018 Release Week Wrap Up!

Hello friends! I can't believe release week is over already - they always go too fast!

Thank you all so much for the excitement and positivity over our new release! Our designers shared some truly amazing projects with you, and I hope you are feeling inspired. All new items are now available in the shop!

We are so happy to offer a October 2018 release bundle this month - were you can purchase all new October items with one click at a discounted rate - 15% off!

Natalie is also sharing a great video walking you through each of the new products included in this release - be sure to check it out, and subscribe to our YouTube channel if you don't already!

Here is one more look at all the amazing new products:

Angel Wings Stamps + Dies

Nativity Play Stamps + Dies

Darling Dreidels Stamps + Dies

Lovely Lotus Stamps + Dies

Card Front Designs Dies

Cubic Cover Plate Die

Cubic Stencil

Can't wait to see what you all make with these new products! Be sure to share your creations on Instagram using #neatandtangled and on our Facebook page!

Thank you for spending time with us this week!

October 2018 Release Week Winners!

Hi friends!

Dropping by to announce the giveaway winners!

If you were a winner please send me an email at  to claim your goodies! Please include your mailing address and which day you won!

And be sure to stop back again at 8am EST to see our release week wrap up! And all items will be available in the  shop then as well!

Day 1: Nativity Play + Angel Wings

Day 2: Lovely Lotus

Day 3: Cubic Cover Plate Die + Stencil

Day 4: Darling Dreidels

$25 Gift Certificate from Day 2 Miriam's Blog

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