Friday 26 March 2010

Gothic Arch

Hello Everyone

Happy Friday to you all, I hope it's a good day, the weekend is not far away and lets hope we have some sunshine.

This week I really felt like experimenting with more vintage styles and found the Gothic Arches challenge with a very sweet photo of two young girls. It is from a collection at

I loved the pastel colours and thought I could incorporate it into an arch and use a new technique for me called Dabber Resist which I found in the new Tim Holtz book.  I also wanted to give a feel of Spring with the warmer weather (well a little bit on some days) and the lighter nights.
I started by using a sandal acrylic paint dabber on a foam scroll stamp I have in my collection. I applied the paint to the stamp, pressed it onto the arch and heat dried it. I then inked over the whole card with Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw distress inks. I then used a babywipe to rub the ink off of the scroll design to allow the sandal colour to show through. Brilliant - it worked! I printed out the image and cut it out, I also found the leaf arch on one of my cricut cartridges and cut that out. The printed foliage at the top of the arch (and has been stamped over the leaf arch) is a TH stamp from the Shabby French collection as is the butterflies which I embossed in gold. I also used the scroll stamp from the same set with the Shattered Straw and rubbed heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over it. These have not really shown up in the photograph. Last week I saved a collection of butterflies I found on the internet and I have printed these out, cut them and added sparkle and vintage distress stickles. Before I put it all together I sprayed the card with water and heat dried it. The other embellishments are bits and pieces from my stash. When I had completed it, I mounted it on coloured manuscript paper and cut that out in the same shape.
I have enjoyed learning new skills and I just love trying out something new.

"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment. Full effort is full victory". Mahatma Ghandi

Thanks for dropping by.

LOL Bxxx

Challenge List
Gothic Arches - This old photo
Mixed media monday - Vintage children
Crafty Angels - Paper Piecing
Your next stamp challenges - Distressing
Wednesday Stamper - Spring
Cute card thursday - Dimensions
One stop craft challenge - Let it shine
Allsorts challenge blog - Spring is in the air
Crazy for challenges - A Spring card
Secret Crafter - Spring has sprung