Monday, 17 December 2007

Joy of Christmas Gothic Arch


This week the theme for the Gothic Arches challenge combines two themes, neither of which I find particularly attractive, children and Christmas. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go. First of all because I had a lovely bit of fabric/paper collage left over which I made for several Alphastamps Xmas projects and it seemed a shame to keep it till next Christmas and also because working with themes I don't much care for is much more of a challenge than always going with what I know and like. I found an child image to go with my collage on the Alphastamps Snug in their beds collage sheet and added the star at the top with an Alphastamps stamp. I finished the card by stitching it onto a watercolour paper background with satin stitch in red thread. I then covered the whole arch with Golden soft gel (gloss) medium and when that was almost but not quite dry I added gold foiling. It's not that easy to see on the scan but this arch literally sparkles!

And guess what, I actually love it!!

20 comments:

Mary-Beth said...

Frieda, this is gorgeous, It glows with colour and I love that it sparkles. My newest fav thing! LOL

Scrap_USA said...

Gorgeous and colorful!! I love everything about it!!!

carylsrealm said...

This is just wonderful!

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh this is lovely. Fabulous arch.

Debby Harriettha said...

Frieda this is stunning. I love your use of color. YUMMY!!! Beautiful.
Debby

Femmy said...

Wow, this is stunning!! I absolutely love it!!

herminesplace said...

Beautiful and vibrant. Love it.

KardKrazy said...

This is a gorgeous arch -- the colors are just amazing.

spiralsun65 said...

It's a lovely arch. You were braver than me - I didn't dare announce to the world that I don't like Christmas or children ;-) Good for you - I'll tell you when it's all over!

Barbara said...

I am sorry you had a hard time with the theme but you seemed to work through it really nicely. Lovely arch.

Francoise said...

colorful and beautiful :
love all the details !!!
mery christmas to you

Tova said...

Wow !! Gorgeous !!!! Colors are so vibrant !

Barbara Hagerty said...

Stunning arch! The gold foiling realy shows when you click to enlarge the image.

Sija said...

Beautiful arch!

Ananas said...

Stunning arch! Love it!!!!

Jen said...

Glad I found this blog--my grandmother used to make beautiful quilts by hand, the last one she made was for my wedding quilt (which hasn't happened yet), and it was great to see other people interested in quilting. Cheers to you!

Karen Owen said...

You should love it, Frieda! It's gorgeous!

Karen

Jeri Aaron said...

Frieda, this is a lovely arch - the background is so rich looking!!

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tchou said...

beautiful arch and and great work on your blog!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is amazing! all the beautiful details and sweet image! Have a Merry Christmas!

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