Friday, 14 October 2011

Holly Angel Card - Stampin' Up! and LOC

Hi friends and fellow stampers,

I have some rather interesting craft for you today - A very good friend of mine introduced me to these stamps, and as I love Christmas everything, and I was attracted to this lovely angel image, I thought I'd have a go at something different. 

This is what I ended up with ....

I am rather pleased with the end result - it evolved due to a very strange happening. 

Would you believe that the only inks I used on this card were EARLY ESPRESSO  and SOFT SUEDE  classic ink from Stampin' Up! 

So where does the pink come from you ask. It comes from using an AQUA PAINTER  with water in it to pick up some ink from the top of the ink pad and lay it on the VANILLA CARD STOCK. I knew from my colour theory training that browns were made up of pink and green tones (yes Complimentaries  = neutrals when mixed together) but I was surprised to see such a delightful dusty pink emerge on the paper.

The same effect happened when I coloured the VANILLA SEAM BINDING used to create this flower. This time I simply added water to ink pressed onto the lid of the ink pad and slushed the seam binding in it. Love, love love the antique effects, and thrilled that similar colours emerged to those on paper. Can you see the green tinges too? I made the flower by winding the seam binding around the brad and attaching it to the back of the brad with MINI GLUE DOTS.

HINT:  Seam Binding looks perfect all crumpled up - to achieve this look you simply scrunch it up and allow it to dry after dying with your selected colour.

Going for an antique look means lots of texture too. I used my MUSIC NOTES  STAMPIN' AROUND WHEEL to freehand across a piece of Vanilla card then I stamped the Post Card image over the top before attacking it with the AQUA PAINTER. Just a little water along the edges of the Post Card image gives the illusion of depth. After this was dry, I dry embossed that section with  the FINIAL PRESS embossing folder from Stampin' Up!

The Post Card image in the middle ground is stamped using SOFT SUEDE ink on a separate piece of vanilla card, and the angel has been fussy cut and raised on dimensionals. She is stamped using EARLY ESPRESSO. Sponging, tearing  and distressing  the edges helped give me the effect I was after. 

The final touches were soft gold (CHAMPAGNE MIST) Shimmer Paint highlights added with a fine paintbrush to the wings, hair and holly. I also sprayed the top background area with Champagne Simmer Mist.

Hope you like the card and will experiment with some of those inks to see what effects you can come up with. 

I think this card fulfills the requirements for the following challenges

Crafty Cardmakers
- 2W, C15 - (2nd week) Anything
Goes (ends 16th Oct)

Make it Monday - always Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp and Show...
- Things with Wings

Midnight Madness - SKETCH*

Oldie But Goodie Challenge - 2W, must use stamp at least 6mts old -Wings
& GDT Call 2nd Week - Music Wheel and Snowflake Image

Paper Take Weekly - Get In
Shape (use three different shapes base card can be one)

·  Tuesday Throwdown -#70 Think Pink

Christmas Challenges 2W, 1E, must be Winter Holiday and stamped
 - Sketch*

Let`s Ink It Up - M, 5E,
Must use rubber stamp (NO digi) -
Think Pink (ends 30th Oct)

·  Pile It On - Do it for Fun

Flutterby Wednesdays - Use up scraps - mine are the different bits and colours of card for the various layers of the card.

So, Until Next Time,

Stay Crafty!


  1. WOW!! This is stunning! Your colouring is breathtakin! Thanks for linking up to the Make it Monday party!

    Mary J x

  2. Fabulous card, Ann! Love your tutorial on your coloring with inks. So well done! Thanks for playing along at Tuesday Throwdown this week. We love seeing your gorgeous work.
    NanaConnie TT DT

  3. This angel is a true beauty - all your details just add another layer of beauty to this wonderful card. Thanks for sharing your creativity at Pile it On this week.

  4. Stunning, I love it too. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, good luck and hope to see you again. Hugs Suzanne

  5. Stunning colors and design. Your coloring skille are so fantastic. Thanks for joiinging the MMSC.

  6. Gorgeous!!! Awesome turn-out and the vintage feel is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing at Let’s Ink It Up’s *Think Pink* challenge.


    If you haven’t seen it yet, I have some candy up for grabs at Creations LaDiva :)!

  7. This is totally breathtaking! I love your creativity and for sharing your technique! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Midnight Madness!

  8. This is so lovely, the colours are amazing and your information is so clear on how to create a brilliant vintage look. I love how you've created the flower too.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  9. Hi Ann, you have made a beautiful card. But we cannot include you in the prizedraw, because you didn't follow our sketch. Maybe you want to make a card with the sketch on our challengeblog? Thanks for showing us your beautiful card though.

    Nicole (DT CCWS)

  10. wow this is stunning love that image and your beautiful colouring thanks so much for joining us at oldie but a goodie this week
    hugs sara x

  11. Beautiful! I particularly love the ribbon flower you've created - must have a try at something similar:o) Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.
    Jenni x

  12. Thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous Wings project wow I just love the image you have uses, what a beautifull angel she is, fabulously colored and the colors you have used are really georgous. Hugs Terry xxx

  13. Beautiful!! That seam binding flower is so pretty! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  14. WOWZER!! Really stunning card!! I love all of the details and images!! Thanks so much for joining with us at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week!! Hope you will join us again! *Vicki* - Oct GDT

  15. This is beautiful! I love the ribbon flower. Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. I hope you will join us again as I can't wait to see your next creation.
    Valerie M
    Priscillastyles Design Team

  16. WOW Ann this is one gorgeous card!
    Thanks for joining us Oldie But a Goodie and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  17. Everything about this is great! Your distressing, embossing, and seam binding flower....Wonderfully done. Thanks for joining us for our THINK PINK challenge at LIIU this month.

  18. Wow This is simply stunning! Debi x


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