Nov 17, 2013

"Glory on High"

Shabby Chic Christmas
 is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Meaning - Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of were and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique...basically distress it, and make it look old and worn...

So, with this in mind
I wanted to create a piece that had an old and worn look to it
and with an angelic sereneness to it...
My 'ode to Michelangelo!

My first decision was the and grey.
Then for the background I've used paper from Meg's Garden
called "The Romantic Garden."
It has been inked and stenciled (using gesso) and stamped on.
I have used some old cardboard with corrugation in it, from my stash...
and just taken some of the top layer off and gesso-ed it
and used it as my backdrop for the main piece.

The main image is from a Stampendous stamp from the set
"Excelsis Deo" which I had seen on Joanna's blog and I just couldn't resist getting it.
And stamped it onto tissue paper.

Tip: heat set it so that it doesn't bleed out.

This was then adhered to layers of toilet paper, that were dampened
and pressed together to form a kind of hand-made paper.
Some more stenciling around it to make the angel stand out more.
To shabby it up some more, I rubbed away layers of paper from around the angel
with my fingers...I love the aged effect that this created.

A sentiment from the stamp set, some holly and heaps of gesso
finished the piece off.
I didn't really want to add too many embellishments
as I wanted the angel to stand out and be the first thing you rest your eyes on.
I think the ageing of her makes you linger and just soak up her glory
(but then, that might be just my imagination - what are your thoughts?)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you and extend my
appreciation to those of you who follow my blog!!!
You are awesome!
 Your comments absolutely blow me away.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~


Terry said...

This is beautiful Dot, but I did have a little chuckle over the TP! Such lovely touches and the pink and grey work so well together! Lovely card! Hugs!

Shirley Chillman said...

Just couldn't wait to see this on your blog Dot it is exquisite, divine and very mystical. It is the jewel in your crown hunny.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Brenda Brown said...

Gloria in Excelsis immediately came to mind Dot. A stunning card which you have shabbier to perfection, I just love the colour palette and the images and layers are exquisitely put together.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning card in beautiful colours Dot! Love that wonderful stamp it has such an Italian Renaissance feel to it and I love how you have used it here with all those gorgeous layers. Shabby chic perfection!

Meggymay said...

Wow, that image is a beauty, Its a stunning romantic looking card.

downrightcrafty said...

Beautiful thank you so much for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx

butterfly said...

Oh so beautiful... the rosy pinks are like a medieval fresco - gorgeous image, and the surrounding stamping works so perfectly. Love this, Dot!
Alison x

Esther said...

Oh Dot this is so beautiful, so much shabby gorgeousness !! Esther xx

Mrs.B said...

Such a beautiful card, love the colours with this image, as Alison said like a medieval fresco.
Avril xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow so gorgeous, love the design and colours. Happy Sunday, Shirleyx

Hazel said...

Beautiful card for The Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 73 'anggel wings', Hazel, DT - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

Claire said...

Hi Dot, what a gorgeous card, the colours are beautiful and that angel with all the distressing is stunning - like a little work of art
Claire xx

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

The shabby chic look is amazing, love that beautiful christmas card.
Big hugs Anja

monikaskinner said...

... and what a perfect ode it is. Great card, Dot! Thanks for joining the fun at ATSM. Monika

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wooooow, Dot, your card is superb! I absolutely love the mixed media look and the fresco, shabby chic style. Absolutely stunning! And thank you for the mention! Big hugs xxxx

Lynne K said...

Love your shabby chic card, Dot, absolutely beautiful. What a stunning image! Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations this month.


Danielle Vincent said...

Wow - beautiful!! Seriously gorgeous in every way. Thanks for sharing with us this week at ATS&M.

Jennifer said...

So very lovely! Wonderful feather and flower additions. Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!

brenda said...

Your card really is lovely Dot, love everything about it and it's perfect for our theme this month.

Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic card with great elements. Love the color scheme.

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card, Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Winter Wonderland
Lorraine x

Bron said...

Dot, this is gorgeous! I always love seeing your creations, they give so much inspiration.

Bron xx

Fandhmum said...

Absolutely divine, Dot
Rosie x

Vicki Romaine said...

A gorgeous card. Thanks for posting on The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Michele said...

what a gorgeous angel! i love the pink. thank you for joining the "angel wings" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Fabulous Christmas creation! thank you for joining us in The Artistic Stamper Challenge

Electra said...

This is so beautiful!!!