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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Pair of Blue-and-Silver Angels for "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

Season's greetings, art buddies! Today I have for you not one but TWO festive projects as part of the "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" contest going on over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Wanna play? Enter your rubber-stamped Christmas- or winter-themed projects by January 6, 2017 at 5 to midnight for the chance to win a gift certificate to spend in the Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda rubber stamp stores!  The more entries the better the prizes, so round up all your friends and join the most festive art party of the year. Check the RULES to ensure your entries are eligible to win!

The first blue-and-silver angel I have for you is this 6.5" x 10" piece called "Pax Hominibus." You may recognize its text, especially if you're Catholic, as being from the "Gloria" in the Latin Mass. It means "And peace to people on earth."

It was made by stamping the Angel with Globe stamp from Lost Coast Designs and embossing it with superfine detail black powder.

The globe the angel is standing on was cut from marbled paper and pasted in...

The text above and below the stamp was handlettered...

The angel's robe was colored in shades of creamy blue pencil...the lettering was painted with Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire...the border was colored with silver glitter gel pen, and the hair with metallic gold colored pencil and gel pen...

...while the wings and globe were underpainted with silver acrylic and topped with Twinkling H20s in Icicles, a holographic-glittery white. This was super-hard to photograph, so here is a detail shot that hopefully hints at all the sparkle (you know I love me some sparkle!):

And a closeup of the whole piece, which I have also entered in The Three Muses' "Frame" challenge:

My second angel project is an artist trading card.

This piece was done entirely by stamping and masking, using gray inks for the whole card. First, I stamped the angel from the Fortune Women set and masked it off. Behind her I stamped the blackletter text from ATC Text Set 1, then overstamped the corner with the Black Flourish stamp. Down the right side I stamped the Clover Scroll Border, and along the bottom used letters from the Old Typewriter Alphabet to stamp the word "Hark" (she's a herald angel--get it?).

After the stamping was done, I colored the angel's robe with Distress markers in rich shades of blue. When it was dry, I went over it with dimensional gloss medium to give a 3D clear raised (and/or permanently wet?) effect. The scrolling on the border I went over with dimensional metallic silver paint to give a raised effect there as well. I edged the whole card in metallic charcoal pigment ink, and it was done!

Hope you get a chance to enter--and WIN!--the holiday challenge at Lost Coast Designs! Go check it out, and good luck.  :)


  1. these are truly glorious. your coloring is top notch. happy new year! xo