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