There is something about angels at Christmas time that warms my heart and I absolutely love the angel in the Unity Stamp Co.’s Believe in Angels stamp set (all supplies linked below). It could really be used for all kinds of occasions but for today’s tutorial I am using it to show how to create an angel holiday card with Spectrum Noir Markers. This is pretty straight forward coloring with a bit of pizzazz added to the card base with some Glitz Glitter Gel and a stencil. But if you don’t have that on hand, a patterned paper would work for a backdrop as well.
Please check out the video tutorial below or scroll down for instructions with photos:
Step One – Stamp and Color the Angel with Spectrum Noir Markers
Using a stamp press such as the Misti, stamp the large angel stamp from Unity Stamp Co.’s Believe in Angels stamp set on to Concord & 9th’s white cardstock using Pinkfresh Studios Black Detail Hybrid Ink (picture A below). Color the image using alcohol markers such as Spectrum Noir Classique Markers. I use 2 or 3 shades of the same color to fill areas and to create shadows. For my basic technique, I fill in an area with the lightest shade, add the darkest shade for shadows along the edges (normally) and blend the two colors together with the original, lightest shade. If the difference between the two colors is too great, I will add a third mid-tone between the two shades and blend again. I used the following Spectrum Noir colors for this project:
- Hair: TN6, TN7, TN8
- Wings: TB1, TB4
- Dress: EB2, GB8, GB1, CT1
- Flower: DR1, DR5
- Leaf: AG4
When done coloring, add a layer of clear sparkle marker over the wings and halo (picture B below).
Step Two – Add Glitz to the Card Base
Create a top folding A2-sized card base by cutting a piece of navy cardstock to 4-1/4″ x 11″ and folding in half at the 5-1/2″ mark. To jazz up the front of the navy card base, tape it down to a flat surface with low tack tape. Spray a light coat of Pixie Spray on to the back of the Gina K Designs’ Wishing You Joy Stencil or any snowflake background stencil. Let dry for a minute and then place on top of the card base allowing the snowflakes to go off the edges on three sides; the stencil will not cover the entire card front. Cover the adjacent non-snowflake holes in the stencil with low tack tape to avoid getting glitter paste in those shapes. Using a palette knife, spread white glitter gel across the stencil filing in the openings. Slowly scrape lightly across the stencil with the palette knife or other flat tool, like a Deco Foil Stencil Pal, to remove excess glitter paste so only a thin layer shows through the stencil openings. Carefully lift the stencil away from the card front to reveal the design. Set the card base aside to completely dry. Quickly place the stencil and palette knife in water and clean with mild dish soap. Also clean the work surface to remove any glitter paste on it before it dries and may become permanent. Seal the lid of your glitter paste back on the jar as well to avoid it drying out.
Once the stencil, palette knife and past on the card base are completely dry, repeat the same steps to cover the rest of the card base front with the stencil pattern using the glitter paste (picture A below). Set aside to dry completely and clean your tools and work space as above (picture B below).
NOTE: If you don’t have any glitter paste on hand or don’t have the time to do this step, you could substitute a wintery patterned paper in shades of navy and silver, navy and white or other other color combos for the front of the card base instead.
Step Three – Gather the Card Components
In addition to the card base from Step Two, you will need to cut a piece of gold cardstock to approximately 4″ x 5-1/4″ and die cut it using the second largest die in the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set. Trim the colored angel image from Step One down to 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″. Stamp the greeting included in the stamp set with black ink on to white cardstock and trim it down to 2-1/2″ x 1-1/4″. Color loosely over the greeting using the lightest blue marker (TB1) used on the angel wings in Step One. Add clear sparkle marker over this coloring as well. Create a mat for the greeting by trimming a piece of gold cardstock to 2-5/8″ x 1-3/8″.
Step Four – Assemble the Card
When the glitter paste on the front of the card base has completely dried, adhere the gold scalloped rectangle in the center of it using a liquid adhesive (helps bond the cardstock to the dried glitter paste). Then adhere the colored angel image on top of the gold rectangle in the center using adhesive of your choice. Adhere the small greeting to its gold mat and adhere both into the inside of the card base. Add five sparkly clear stars around the angel on the card front adhering them with clear liquid adhesive. Add a couple of stars to the greeting on the inside of the card as well (picture A below). When the liquid adhesive has started to bond between the stars and the card, add a small droplet of navy blue glitter drops to the center of each star (picture B below). Wait for the stars to dry and then enjoy!
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