Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lace Angel

This card is for yet another challenge at Jingle Belles. They have the best challenges! This time the challenge is to create a holiday card using NEUTRAL Colors.  Here's a direct quote to help clarify:  "...create holiday cards which embrace ONLY the neutral colors: white, cream, ivory, ecru, black, grey, charcoal, obsidian, brown, tan, kraft, camel, oatmeal, sienna; use them all together, or choose one and rock the monochrome,  whatever you desire; if it's NEUTRAL, it's *IN*!!! And yes, for the record, we consider gold, copper and silver to be the "bling" equivalent of neutrals, so you may use them as much (or as little) as you'd like!"  

So, as you can see I have used black, Kraft, cream, and gold. I began by dry embossing a piece of black cardstock using a Fiskar's Texture Template. Next I punched a circle in the black cardstock as well as a piece of cream cardstock that was slightly bigger than the black cardstock. I layered them together leaving a cream border around the black cardstock. Then I used embroidery thread and a needle to stitch around the outside of the circle. To create the angel, I used a punch to create "lace" and then folded and rolled the lace to create the angel's dress and sleeves. I cut out a head, added eyes and a mouth and shaded the cheeks with a tan colored pencil. Her hair is made from moss colored straw. I used a piece of gold wire to create a halo and added a gold colored trumpet. I added more "paper lace" to the black embossed cardstock and included a strip of black decorative tape in the center of the bottom piece of lace and finished by adding a cream bow. I adhered the mat to the cardbase with dimensional adhesive.

Although it is hard to tell from the photo, the angel's dress and the lace are really created from the same cream colored cardstock. I must admit that the photo of this card isn't the best. I couldn't seem to capture a photo that showed the real cream color and the deep black embossed background. This is as close as I could get after way too many, I apologize for the "fair" photo. 

Supplies:  Cardstock: Bazzill cream, Recollections black & Kraft,  Punch: Martha Stewart (lace), Stampin' Up circle, Decorative Tape: Darice, Moss Straw? garage sale item, Ribbon Offray, Embossing: Fiskar's Texture Plate, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Tape, Glue Spots


  1. Neutrals are a challenge to photograph, especially balancing the white balance between light and dark ... having said that, I think you did a fantastic job ... I really love that sweet little angel getting ready to play her trumpet ... so glad you went neutral with us at jingle belles.

  2. well i think it's a gorgeous photo, but then, i have never ever been happy with the "white balance" on my latest digital camera, so i feel your pain!!! that angel is ♥AMAZING♥ of course, you come up with the most brilliant ideas, and that little trumpet is the icing on the cake! love this, missus!!! ♥

  3. Hi Brenda!
    I found your blog through 52-card-pickup.
    Your card is fabulous!
    Challenge #27 - Angels
    This Challenge will close on
    Thursday 21st March at 6 p.m. GMT (UK Time)
    Good luck!

  4. I love your angel, she's fab, lovely card altogether. I know what you mean about photos, they sometimes don't do a card justice.

  5. How sweet and creative is this angel! a wonderful Christmas card!

  6. This is so pretty! I just love how you pleated her dress:) Thank you so much for playing my prompt at Jingle Belles! :)