what I used:
LC Designs Dinkies Nativity Stamp - £2 or £6 for 4 on offer
NitWit Frosty Christmas paper pad
Creative Expressions Sue Wilsosn Festive Collection Poinsettia Additions dies
Tim Holts Walnut Stain distress ink
hessian and embellishments from my stash
I stamped the nativity image with Tim Holts Walnut Stain distress ink and then used a water brush to drag the ink onto the image to help shade it. I used various other shades of brown distress inks to add further detail and finally I used scattered straw distress ink to shade the floor. I coloured Marys head dress blue to match the NitWit paper but also I think that blue is used in classical paintings to symbolise purity and so is associated with Mary.
I love the Poinsettia dies and this is the first time I have used them but I think you will be seeing a lot more of them on my Christmas cards, a definite must have buy.