Gothic Iron Work

Good afternoon & welcome on a gloomy overcast day. Looking like it could rain, our barometer shows rain, but nothing yet. I finished a card last night, and have a picture of some of the dies I purchased on my Saturday spree.

Some new die stash
Now for a card created with one of the new dies:

- Memory Box Gothic Ironworks window, die cut with plain black paper. (I'm trying to decide if I want to add a few jewels at some of the intersecting lines).

- background created by inking Hero Arts S5634 with Champagne Versamark. (not seeing a name on it, but it's a lovely leaf type of flourish). Stamped on Strathmore 140# watercolor paper as I planned to use sprays on the background.

Blended some pan pastels over the versamark, using deep blues, yellow, red & green shades. I wanted to give the illusion of stained glass. Rubbed over this with a paper towel, then sprayed with some Dylusions in Cut Grass, London Blue, Bubblegum Pink that had been diluted & mixed with White Linen. Blotted slightly with a paper towel and let it dry. Then I sprayed some gold Tattered Angels with a real good coating and let dry. After a bit of drying, I used a heat tool to be certain it really was dry. The tracery of the leaf flourish shows quite well IRL, but not sure how much will be visible in the photo.

Used a tan color of kraft - sort of had a gold tone rather than the usual kraft coloration - with a Darice brick EF to create the wall. Sponged DI worn liptick and vintage photo over the embossing - trying for the look of an old church wall.

- Metal leaf Memory box die made with the salvaged metal from a Dr. Pepper can, inked with alcohol inks.

- Card base is just black card stock. I wanted this window to take center stage. I was inspired by something I had seen on a Pinterest board, but I'll happily add the credit if somebody can tell me it's their idea.

I don't think I shall put a sentiment on the front of the card, but I'll use for either a Sympathy Card or a Get well card by putting something appropriate on the inside.

Hope you like this one. I do. Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I'm off to finish up another card made using this leaf flourish and a new Memory Box die. Hugs


  1. Wow...that is one great die shopping haul! I love that iron work window. It is an eyecatcher on a card.
    All your hard work with the inks aid off here as this is a gorgeous card.

  2. Wow, that's what I call a great shopping spree Mary! The window is just beautiful and I love the gorgeous tones you have used behind it - just wonderful. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Looks like you had a great shopping experience Mary. Fantastic selection of dies. Love the card you are sharing today x Susan x

  4. What a fabulous spree you had, the card is brilliant, love the colours.
    Look forward to seeing more cards made with the other dies.

    Kath x

  5. Gorgeous card Mary, looks like lots of fun trying your new toys :) Cathy x

  6. I'm swooning over those lovely new dies too. Such temptation to pop up in my blogger reader! I love black silhouette images over inky backgrounds. They are always so striking, aren't they?
    Have lots of fun playing with your new dies - look forward to seeing what you make!

  7. Wonderful. I love that arch and of course the brick. Hugs Rita xxx

  8. Oh, you really did do some serious shopping. I love your beautiful window. The colors are magnificient. Pretty leaf die you used, too. Looking forward to your next card.

  9. What a wonderful stash of new dies! You'll have plenty to play with for a long time, and just look at the gorgeous card you've created! I love the colors your sponged on and especially the steam off to the side. I wouldn't add the bling - it looks so pretty just the way it is!

  10. I've just been reading about pan pastels and now get to see them in action!!! WOW! Guess I see something else now to go on my wish list. SO LOVELY! It really does look like stained glass. Gorgeous card!
    You made out like a bandit with all those dies!!!! So much fun!

  11. Holy smokes! You could soon start up your own store! What a haul!!, can't wait to see what you create with these beauties!

  12. Blimey!-do you know how to shop Mary LOL! What a Fabulous haul :)
    Love that church window die and it looks great against your brick effect embossing :)
    Have a lovely day,Nessa xx

  13. Oh lucky you lots of new goodies ! The stain glass die from MB is gorgeous, like the brick behind it :) Have a great day, Shirleyx

  14. yay for new goodies!!! this is a stunning card girl :)

  15. I love this, Mary! The brick is perfect, so the color of old brick and I love that beautiful window die! What a haul! I'm envious!

  16. Holy Shamoley, Mary, you give new meaning to the word "spree!!!" That's a whole ton of NBUS you got there, girl!! Enjoy!! Hugs, Darnell