Today friends we are making a Dutch Village Christmas scene at night. I started by stamping the pieces I wanted to include in the scene. The stamp set is the Maker Forte ‘Dutch Village Silhouette’. This step was somewhat difficult because all the stamps are so great that I wanted to include them all. I realized quickly that they just would not fit into the A-2 card I intended to make. Here I limited my inks to shades of gray for the buildings and scenery and yellow to create the lights. Next I cut all the pieces out in preparation of assembly.

Step two was to create the layers of my card. I die cut an oval into a white layer one piece of card stock. I then cut a second layer one in white to color blend the night sky for my village back drop. The final step in creating the background was to make the base upon which the town would sit. Again I used shades of gray to simulate cobblestones by ink dying paste to put through a cobblestone stencil.

The final step was to assemble all the pieces. This was a bit tricky because I wanted the scene to be whole yet fit within the oval cut out. Next I placed the buildings flat to the background. Next I attached the white layer to the background covering only a small part of the buildings. Because all of this was flat I decided to use foam tape to attach the rest of the pieces so the card had depth and dimension. I even chose to extend the scene out side of the oval cut by spilling out some of 5he pieces.

I chose a simple sentiment to balance the card by placing it outside the oval also. This sentiment is from the ‘Oh Holy Night’ Stamp Set. Finally I added a few enamel dots in blue to finish the card.

I believe this same card done as a day time scene with many colors would create a bright fun/merry card. I was shooting for tranquility with my evening scene. Enjoy your card making and I hope this gave you some inspiration for these great Maker Forte Stamps!