I created the background for this tag while I was preparing Monday Mojo Issue 16 (Distress Stain Backgrounds) a few weeks ago and I started playing with the Gothic Angels stamp set.
After the tag was dry, I stamped the bold script onto the background using Versafine Spanish Moss and decided to stamp the angel with the Art Nouveau hair as the focal point. I think she has a feisty look to her – the sort of guardian angel who’ll deal with the bullies for you and make sure they don’t bother you again!
I created a mask for her, and stamped the gothic text over her with Versafine Habanero.
She had a lot of colour and some stamping on her face, so I decided to paint her face white with acrylic paint then colour over it with copics. As it turned out, I was having so much fun with the paint that I didn’t bother with the markers. I painted her face, hair and halo border, then added a little blue under her hair and faded it out by adding more water.
You can see on the mask that the halo has a snowflake on it. I did consider trying to preserve that, but I really wanted to give her a gold leaf halo like the old religious paintings so often do and I knew there was no way I could be that careful with my application of the glue.
I used Duo Embellishing Adhesive to paint in the halo. It’s a glue that dries to a tacky finish pretty quickly so it’s perfect for applying metal leaf. I painted it on with a fine brush and left it for about 5-10 minutes to make sure it was nice and tacky. I then placed the tag face down onto a sheet of (faux) gold leaf and ran a bone folder lightly over the whole thing – it doesn’t need much pressure to stick.
I then very gently pulled it off the tissue backing, letting any stray bits just float down onto a clean piece of paper. The trick with metal leaf is to work in as draught free an area as possible as the slightest puff of air sends the stuff flying all over.
I used a very soft mop brush to gently tease off the bits around the edge of the halo, working over the clean paper, until all the stray bits had gone. I added all the little bits of gold leaf to my gilding flakes container for future use.
Gilding flakes have their use, but metal leaf sheets will give you a much better result, especially if you can get it on flat without any wrinkles – that’s why I placed the tag onto the gold leaf rather than the other way round.
I have some finishing off to do to this tag. Her face looks too white, I think I might just add a tiny dusting of Burnt Sienna Tint Pan pastel to warm up her skin a little. And the greeting is lost in the background so I’ll be doing that again on a separate piece of card to stick on top. I’m really pleased with the halo though.