Welcome to my Eight Nights of Lights - ATCs that are fun, creative, and maybe just a little something different!!! Now, you can make these any size you want! Go for a card, a tag, a page....but I like to do my samples on little ATC sized rectangles- just 2.5" x 3.5" - they don't take up much space and I think they are cute!
I'm still learning how to create videos, but the intent is that you can pause this whenever you need, back up, repeat...and just play along at your own pace! In the video, I created a card size sample - But my ATC is here. There are just so many fun things you can do with this technique!
Just click on the arrow to start the video tutorial. On the bottom right of the screen, click the second from the right button and the video will expand to full screen. You can also double click inside the video and that will take you right to youtube.com where the video is a little larger!
Opals come in lots of wonderful colors and are available at After Midnight Stamps. If you don't have Opals (trust me, you want them!) UTEE or any thick clear embossing powder will work. Diamond Glaze and Glossy Accents will give you a similar look. If you don't have a melting pot, try a double broiler (you know, a pan over a pan filled with water on the burner). Try parchment paper in lieu of a non-stick craft sheet. My snowflake stamp is from After Midnight as well. I use Amaco's lightweight Art Emboss Pewter. But glossy silver paper would give you a similar reflective background.
So why Hanukkah if I'm not Jewish? Well, the word Hanukkah is Hebrew for "dedication". The festival of lights is held to celebrate the miracle of the oil lamps ....but it is also a celebration of the determination of a people to defend their right to worship in their own way without interference.
Hanukkah is not in the Bible, but the Feast of Dedication is. Christmas is not in the Bible either. My belief is that Jesus was raised Jewish so He most likely would have celebrated the Feast of Dedication. We know He didn't celebrate Christmas. And we know he was not born on December 25, but most likely in late September or early October! So, if I'm to celebrate at this time of the year - let it be about dedication, about remembering a miracle of lights, about honoring the Jews who to this day strive to defend their right to worship in their own way.
Each night, for 8 nights, may you remember why the Messiah came....and why He is coming again.