Monday, January 9, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Red Letter Day

This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is - A Red Letter Day.

A red letter day is any day of special significance.  The term originates from medieval church calendars. Illuminated manuscripts often marked initial capitals and highlighted words in red ink, known as rubrics. The First Council of Nicea in 325 decreed the saints days, feasts and other holy days, which came to be printed on church calendars in red. The term came into wider usage with the appearance in 1549 of the first Book of Common Prayer in which the calendar showed special holy days in red ink.

I decided to try my hand at illumination for this challenge.  Illumination is the artistic decoration of handwritten text often done with gold leaf.  No text on this ATC, but I did use gold and silver leaf to illuminate the celtic cross and then added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it an aged look.  Illuminated letters often have the background decorated with vines or floral designs, so I chose this clover vine stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs  to add that element to my project as well.

Cardstock:  Bristol ATC Base
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – May God HoldYou
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Ranger Distress Ink – Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo; Gellyroll Pen – Green Star; Sharpie Paint Pen – Gold; Copic Marker – G14 Apple Green
Accessories & Other Stuff:   Gold Leaf; Silver Leaf; Gesso; Ranger Distress Crackle Paint – Clear Rock Candy; Prima Flowers

Thanks for stopping in!


  1. Hi Cheryl. Your illumination piece for this week's theme is beautiful! I love the technique on this piece and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. Cheryl!!
    Lovely job!!! Thanks so very much for sharing and allowing me to glean from you. :) I don't know that I would have thought of gold or silver leaf---very clever:)
    be blessed beyond measure

  3. This is absolutely fabulous! What a terrific subject and your wonderful techniques have brought it to life. You have created a beautiful work of art. Thank you so much for sharing it with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show for our Red Letter Day challenge.


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