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6/29/2014

Christmas Club Angels

Happy Sunday Afternoon and welcome to my entry for our bi-monthly Christmas Club Challenge, where our wonderful Scrappymoi (aka Maureen) selected Angels as our theme for this week's cards. I started out with one stamp, doing some backgrounds with pan pastels (inspired by this lovely card). This first stamp was a large one, very detailed, and when I did the heat embossing with my favorite Ranger Queen's gold, it just did not turn out well at all. Back to the drawing board (er...to the stamp drawer ...) to hunt for another angelic image. Found a Stampendous stamp that had 'looser lines' and it turned out quite nicely.



- Background was created with pan pastels in blues and magentas (pinks) using Jean's inspiration technique. Then covered this background with MB Ornate stencil and sponged pan pastel Rich Gold - which created the subtle design that is visible. Next lightly sprayed with some Tattered Angels Irridescent Gold - let that dry, then sprayed again with another shade of gold. (the next picture shows the effect better..but was not great photography).

- Stamped image with versamark on this background, embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold. Colored with Koh-I-nor and Derwent Colorsoft pencils.

- Created another background using Dylusions Crushed Grape & Funky Fushcia - some sprays were full strength, some diluted either with water or White Linen. Sprayed with various shades of Gold sprays and finished off with a very rich copper. Let it dry & marble for a while, then finished drying with a heat gun. The marbling effect always looks better if the piece dries naturally. All the paper pieces were GP or Neenah, not water color. Flattened with the large angel stamp that wouldn't cooperate, but I can see where there is still some warping that will need more 'weight pressed' time.

- Die cut the frame piece using S/B Matting Basic (not sure if I used A or B). Embossed the inner edge and outlined lightly with a Krylon gold pen.

- Sentiment is Elizabeth Craft die. Cut 3 pieces from white snippets, glued together for extra dimension. Colored the top piece with Purple Wink of Luna, several coats. Covered that with WoS in gold. Adhered to card front. Thought the piece was dry, but evidently not as dry as should have been, and there is a little blob by the 'x' which I need to think of a way to cover up!  Other than my blob boo-boo, I enjoyed making this card. Angels are another favorite of mine (betcha didn't know that, did you?).

Please check out the other wonderful entries made by the members listed on the side bar, and thanks for joining me this afternoon.

Psst...here's a better look at the background effects, but the lights used for photographing cast too much of a shine for this to be a good photo. Hugs!


41 comments:

coldwaters2 said...

What a beautiful image Mary, love the wonderful colours and design it looks quite magical.
hugs
lorraine x

JD/ Jill said...

Very pretty! Very nicely done!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Mary,

What a beautiful card! I like the selection of colors that you've used.

I just noticed on your sidebar that you call yourself an amateur cardmaker -- I think you're quite accomplished and should drop the amateur status!

Hugs,
Kay

Kathleen said...

Fabulous angel, gorgeous background and gold embossing. Brilliant card.

Kath x

Carol said...

Wonderful stamping Mary, love your background too...such pretty colours. Carol x

Hazel said...

Mary this is a very pretty card with wonderful colours. Hazel xx

Sue said...

Oh Mary this is a really pretty card love that background! hope you are having a wonderful birthday!!! lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxx

rachel said...

this is awesome Mary - I love this to bits - great image and fab stamping xx

jimlynn said...

Beautifully done! Love that wonderful background on here too. Lovely, lovely card!
Lynn

Pat said...

This is a lovely angel stamp Mary, and you have done some wonderful colouring, and there is lots of pretty shine and sparkle and the beautiful stencilling in the background too. x

scrappymo! said...

whay an inky delicious card. How about a teensy snowflake or two randomly placed with the edge of one hovering above the x...

The gold looks so glimmery and pretty...an excellent job!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Mary, I like the beautiful angel image, have a great week
Kevin xx

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! What a beautiful image!! The colors are fabulous!! I love this!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Irish Cherokee said...

I'm a sucker for angels and this one is special. Beautiful. Nice job coloring her and like all of the colors you used.

Nikki C said...

Hi Mary your card it so pretty and it's always so tough to take a picture of a card when it's shiny. You did so many different things to this card reading through it all WOW :)
AND of course HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Too !!!! May you had a wonderful day filled with lots of fun and happiness
Glad to see your around again
hugs Nikki

Maxine D said...

What a lovely card - all the techniques and the final result is stunning. The angel stamp is gorgeous!
Blessings
Maxine

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely image of the angel...so beautiful is this card..xx ♥aNNie
The Journey is the Start

Sarah said...

What a beautiful stamp Mary and your backing papers are lovely (I am far too lazy to have a go at anything inky!!). I always think that if glitter and shine don't mess up the picture there wasn't enough in the first place!! Have a great week xx

Christine Harrop said...

Such a beautiful image Mary, and I am in awe of your background. I have never attempted anything like this but it really is fabulous! Sorry I missed your birthday. Hope you were thoroughly spoiled!! Love and hugs Christine xx

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card Mary. I love the image and the background

dutchess said...

oh yes Mary thats a really great image....and I know what you mean about getting the photo right! a perfect choice of colours! xxxxx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous card... Love all the inking....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Planetsusie said...

This really is lovely Mary - great image and I think that background is totally amazing. Happy belated birthday by the way, I hope you had a lovely time and loads of crafty bits.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Benzi said...

Mary, your angel is gorgeous and I love the background. Glad you showed the 2nd photo...it really did show things nicely. I really like angels, too, but I rarely stamp them. I wonder why this is.....

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful card and I just love the misting too really makes it sparkle :)

Kellie 0:) said...

So beautiful Mary. I so love angels. A great Christmas card. TFS

Pippa said...

A beautiful stamp on a beautiful background with a beautiful mount makes a beautiful card. Guess all I am trying to say is 'beautiful'!

Redanne said...

I love the beautiful angel and the purple gives the card such an opulent feel - love it! Anne xx

Asha said...

Oh my!!! The background is simply stunning, Mary. The gold embossing truly is majestic. Fabulous job, my friend. Have a lovely week!
hugs, Asha

Marilyn said...

Beautiful!!

Jean Straw said...

Mary this card is beautiful. I love the angel stamp you used and the colours. Your background is so pretty with all the sparkle and shine.
I am thrilled that you were inspired by my card and thank you for mentioning it.
Jean x

Clevercrafter said...

There have been lots of beautiful angels used in the challenge this time and this one is gorgeous. I have never used Pan pastels but they give a beautiful effect.
Lorraine

Hettie said...

Gosh Mary. This is gorgeous. Love the image and you have coloured it beautifully.
Hugs
xx

Kim Heggins said...

Wow...gorgeous angel, simply stunning. and your coloring just perfect too. You are amazing my friend. Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog too and for following me too. Enjoy your week.

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, this card is stunning! I love that background and the way you did that. Your angel is gorgeous and I love how you have "framed" her out with the beautiful marble looking blue paper. Love how you placed the sentiment too. Hugs, Brenda

Faith A said...

Sooooo very pretty, beautiful colouring and the sparkle is gorgeous.

Karen Petitt said...

Absolutely stunning Mary! Love the BGs and will check out the link, thank you for sharing it with us. Apologies for my lateness Karen xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I'm glad you shared that second photo so we could see the wonderful shimmery effect this card has. It is a very peaceful image!

Loll Thompson said...

Really beautiful background ... the embossed angel is gorgeous. Loll xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous ! I've missed a lot here ! xx

Lizzie said...

Lovely card ! Sorry I'm late in commenting. hugs xx