Monday 3 November 2014

"Oh Holy Night"

As I write this blog the last thing on my mind is Christmas. We are presently on a holiday in Mesquite, Nevada. It is so wonderful to have such great friends that they invite you, with your dog, to spend 3 weeks. It is a very Canadian thing to have a home in the south to avoid as much winter weather as you can and Mesquite is our neighbour's winter home. I made November"s Linky Party project before I left and it always feels a bit Christmassy when you live in a place surrounded by fir trees.

I started this card with this gorgeous image from Crafty Secrets "Christmas Images and Journal Notes". After searching through all my papers and coming up empty for a good back ground paper match, I decided the richness of the image required fabric. This photo doesn't do the fabric justice, it is gold and cream silk and the gold is a perfect match for the soft gold in the image.

  I hope you can identify the white packing material you can see behind the fabric panel. I don't know if this stuff has a name but you get it as packing material in breakable items and I use it a lot for crafting. For this project I cut 2 pieces and with double sided tape attached them to the back of the card stock. I placed the tape around the outer edge of the cardstock square. The fabric was cut about 1/2" larger than the cardstock, the corners mitred, and then the fabric stretched over the card. The styrofoam gives the fabric wonderful depth.

The next step was the gold frame. I found the foil frame to look new and brassy, far too shiny and cheap looking for a baroque looking image so I took some Liquitex acrylic bronze paint and painted it on the frame, wiping off the excess to expose the brighter gold in a few spots. I cut the image to fit the inner oval frame and cut the angels wings for an "out of the frame" effect.

The angel image has some green in it, but none of my glitter papers matched very well. I used a piece of cardstock in the exact colour I wanted to use and placed a strip of 2 sided tape around the edge. The piece of cs missing from the middle was used for the background between the oblong and oval frames. that cut piece was also covered in 2 sided tape. All sookwang(2 sided tape) tape was covered with a spruce coloured glitter.

Final assembly, I mounted the angel behind the oval frame with her wings placed in front. Next I mounted the frame and angel on the green glitter oval which was in turn mounted behind the large gold frame. This was then mounted on the fabric panel which was then mounted on the green glitter edged cardstock. No, I do not own shares in the Sookwang tape company LOL. Final thing was to add a ready made muslin flower and 2 velvet leaves.

I hope you will use fabric on your cards, it adds such texture and richness.

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Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader

Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations

Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life

Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s

Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker

Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink

Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,
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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, Elizabeth! I love this elegant mix of rich textures and your beautifully framed angel! How truly divine!

  2. What an elegant card! Everything harmonizes beautifully with that sweet angelic image! Great tutorial, too, Liz!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous Elizabeth! I can tell that fabric is beautiful and what a great idea to use it with this regal image! Well done my friend and fabulous tutorial too! YOU GO GIRL!!

  4. This is truly stunning! It is very rich and regal looking and perfect with the fabric background. I love how her little angel wings pop right out of the frame. So darling! Blessings~ Birgit

  5. Your card is really pretty Elizabeth, especially I love how you cut the wings so they poke over the gold frame. Great tip about the foam sheets you use also.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip and the weather. It's been really dark and rainy here.

  6. Beautifully done..I too love how the wings seem to "float" out of the frame!!

  7. this is the kind of project I want to "touch"! that fabric looks gorgeous, and the addition of the glitter and painted gold frame was perfection!

  8. Gorgeous! I love the wings go over the frame. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  9. Lovely project, Elizabeth. The rich fabric and gold trim accent the beautiful image perfectly!

  10. So beautiful. I love the gold frame.