My project today is a beautiful holiday angel featuring several sets of Heartfelt Creations dies. This project appears to be much more difficult than it is — with the right dies and the right paints, etc. it really comes together quite easily.
I recently purchased some of the Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paints, and was searching for instructions on how to best use them, etc. While doing that, I came across the Vintage Angel Card project on the Heartfelt Creations website. I was instantly drawn to the project, but wanted a few changes to make it my own. Click on the following link to go to the original project on the Heartfelt website: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/gallery/?project=4492&product=3073.
I began by cutting the main pieces using the appropriate Heartfelt Creations dies. So I cut a piece of lace from ivory cardstock using the Decorative Lace Boarder die, and the angel wings from green cardstock using the Decorative Lattice Swirl die. I wanted my angel to be a Christmas angel, so I selected the 3D paint colors that I thought were best to give a holiday feel — carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown. To do this, it is best to work on a non-porous surface (I used a sheet of craft plastic). I cut an art sponge into four pieces, and dipped each piece into a different paint color and placed that color on the plastic sheet. From there I sponged the colors randomly on the skirt piece and then on the two angel wings. For the skirt, I wanted more of the red to show through; for the angel wings, I wanted more of the green to show through. On each, I added quite a lot of the gold paint to make it appear more festive and cohesive. The walnut brown was used sparingly — just enough to add some depth or dimension where needed. There is a video link on the Heartfelt site that gives more information on how to “distress” or paint the lace and then how to shape it.
The 3D stamp paints dry almost instantly. When the lace piece is dry, it is time to shape it. To do this, you’ll spray the piece with water — enough to make it pliable to work with, but not so much that it falls to pieces. I found it easiest to accordion fold the lace, and then pinch the top together forming a skirt. You’ll need to be careful with the wet paper — it is very easy to tear it. It will take a while to dry (2-3 hours), and while you’re waiting for this to happen, check back periodically to make sure that the skirt keeps the desired shape.
I prepared a face for the angel by using the largest oval die in the Spellbinders Media Mixage ovals 1 die set to cut an oval from ivory cardstock. I added the features using my E35 Copic marker, R20 for the cheeks, and the hair using the Walnut Brown paint. Once dry, I trimmed the oval to shape a face — don’t worry about whether or not it is perfect. It is the imperfections that give faces character, and draws people to handmade projects. I made a halo for the angel by cutting the middle circle in the Media Mixage circles 3 set, ivory paper paint painted with the gold 3D paint. I attached these two together using Scor-Tape.
For the flower garland, I made some beautiful small roses using the Vintage Floret dies. Since I needed fairly small flowers, I used only the smallest three rose dies along with the cap. I chose a bright Christmas red cardstock — a heavyweight smooth cardstock will work best. To create a full flower, I cut two of each of the flower shapes. I tipped each of the petal sets with the gold 3D paint, and shaped them as shown in the Heartfelt video (the link above to the Angel Card provides a link to a video giving great instructions on how to shape and assemble the flowers). I used a hot glue gun to assemble the flowers, and it worked very well — I just needed to spend a little time removing the glue strings that always seem to happen with glue guns.
In addition to the flowers, some sort of foliage is needed to help to cover the joining of the lace “skirt” and the wings. For my Christmas angel I chose some short pine branches by Impression Obsession. I cut lots (about 65 pieces total) so that I would have plenty to cover as needed. I tipped each of the pieces with a little of the gold 3D paint.
With all of the pieces complete, it is time to assemble the project. I began by attaching the angel wings to a piece of 5″ x 7″ cardstock. When placing the wings, watch for a heart shape that forms in the space between the two. This is an element that adds a lot to the finished piece — when the wings are placed correctly, the heart shape will remain as a focal point. Place the face and halo at the lower part of the heart, and the skirt below the face. I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to glue down the wings, and Scor-Tape to attach the face. For the skirt, I used Scor-Tape to attach the top pleats (pushing them as flat as possible), and then a little of the Scotch glue at the base of the skirt to tack it in place. I used the hot glue gun to add the five flowers, one at a time, beginning with the center flower. I tucked the pine branches underneath the flowers, in groups of 3 branches, and held them in place with either the hot glue or with the Scotch Quick Dry adhesive — whichever I thought would work best. I went back and filled in where needed with individual pine branches. The goal was to cover the areas where the skirt joined the wings (especially the lumpy part). I added a bow at the bottom of the rose garland to further decorate the piece, and to continue to hide the joined pieces. To finish, add some small pearls or rhinestones to the heart shape that formed when placing the angel wings. Please see the short video for tips on assembling the angel.
I love how quickly and easily this project came together. I used this project for a demonstration at a Christmas in July Open House at my local paper crafting shop. My original project is on display there, and a copy was given to an attendee. I also created a third angel — one for those who either don’t like to make the small flowers or who don’t have time to. For this version I used pre-made ribbon roses that I purchased at a local fabric store. They are approximately 1″ in diameter, similar to the ones I created with the Vintage Floret dies. I also needed some foliage to add cover with those, and I selected a set of rose leaves from an Elizabeth Craft Designs rose die set. These provided the needed cover. This version of the angel is featured in the video above.
Although this project turns out a bit large for most card makers (with the addition of the face, it needs at least a 5″x7″ base), it could easily be a project to send in lieu of a card. I would add a small tag to the back with a sentiment, and place the finished project on a small easel cut from matching cardstock (the Cheery Lynn Angel Wing easel would work for this, or you could use the Tim Holtz Bigz Small Easel die). Because of the dimension on the piece, it would be best sent in a bubble wrap mailer.
This was a beautiful project and, although some parts took a little time, it was a simple project to make (even the flowers!). Be sure to check out the Viva Décor 3D paints — you’ll love the shimmer and dimension that they add to your projects. Of course you can’t go wrong with the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamp sets!
Heartfelt Creations dies — Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713), Decorative Lattice Swirl (HCD 733), and Vintage Floret (HCD 727)
Oval and round dies to create face and halo — I used Spellbinders Media Mixage Ovals 1 and Circles 3
Foliage dies — I used Impression Obsession pine branches (DIE097-M) for the Christmas angel, and the rose leaves from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose die (799) for the purple angel
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Cardstock — ivory, green, red and assorted matching/coordinating cardstock for the layers behind the angel
Adhesives — hot glue gun, Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick Dry glue
Viva Décor 3D stamp paints — for the Christmas angel I used carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown; for the purple angel I used silver, moss green, violet and walnut brown
Assorted sponges, paint daubers, etc. to add the paint (these will clean up easily with soap and water after you’ve finished — keep them wet to make it easier to clean them later)
Copic markers E35, R20
small pearls or rhinestones
optional – purchased ribbon roses (or other pre-made flowers) – approximately 1″ in diameter (5)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’