Friday, December 16, 2016

Noel Angel: A Study in Silver and Gold

Seasons' Greetings, Lost Coasters! Today I have a Christmassy piece of wall or table art for you featuring some of Lost Coast Designs' very coolest (IMO) stamps! (Oh, who am I kidding...I love almost all LCD images so much, it's like trying to choose a favorite kid.) Anyway, I dig the medieval/Victorian Gothic vibe of these stamps so much that I had to combine them, with metallics, for some holiday glitz and festiveness! Here's the piece:

But this "official" scan doesn't capture the depth and sheen of all the metallics very well, so here's a photo of the piece in different light too, so you can see what we're really dealing with here!

Here's how I made it.

First I took some acid-free scrapbook paper that was printed with a sort of linen fabric-looking pattern, then brayered on some thin layers of silver and gold acrylic paint diluted with iridescent medium. This gave a rich-looking shimmer to the background.

Next, I got out this awesome angel from the Fortune Women set, inked it up with black permanent ink, stamped it...

...and then cut out a mask of the figure. I placed the mask over the stamped image using repositionable glue, and got out this fab arch from the ATC Misc. Set 6...and stamped right over the masked image.

Next, I got out some (slightly used) washi tape and masked off the area below the gothic arch where I wanted to stamp this Clover Scroll border, which I love SO BAD:

Here's what those impromptu masks looked like before stamping. 

After adding the scroll border, I pulled out my trusty Rustic Alphabet Set with its strong period feel, composed the word NOEL, and stamped that once in my permanent black ink. Then I overstamped it with embossing ink, offsetting the word just a TEENY bit to provide a hint of shadow, and embossed the word in gold powder.

Now it was time to add silver and gold gel-pen accents to the angel, border, and arch. And the piece was finished...

...Except for putting it in a frame, like so.  😊  Et voila!--a shimmery angel in gold and silver.

Happy holidays to you and your family!


  1. All I can say is "WOW!!!" This piece is so beautiful. Wish I'd seen it before I made my Christmas cards. Really stunning. Thanks for the great design idea and techniques.

  2. Hey, Susan, you're right--this design WOULD make a great Christmas card! And I haven't made mine yet! Hmm...thanks for the idea! And the support. :) I'm sure the cards you DID make came out lovely. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  3. This is so gorgeous!I love how it looks in that frame. It's perfect.

  4. How kind of you, Viki! Thanks so much for the nice comments and for letting us know you stopped by. <3


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