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Dove of Peace

The Dove of Peace rubber stamp is one of the most beautiful images in the entire Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. That’s why I’m featuring it today for our Christmas theme Global Design Project challenge. The intricate details of this image are well-suited for coloring, but today I wanted to show you a way to make this dove’s beauty shine; silver came to mind.

The dove was embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder over Vellum Cardstock. The cardstock has a great surface for coloring and it is a pleasure to cut through. A little color was added using Stampin’ Write markers. Bermuda Bay added shading to the wings and Old Olive added a touch of green to the leaves in the bird’s beak. I colored the image from behind to tone down the color a bit.

Stampin' Up! Dove of Peace

The background for my image was created using a wide brush to paint Blackberry Bliss ink with wide strokes. First I created a wash of the color on watercolor paper, allowed it to dry, then painted overlapping stripes over the wash. As the brush got dryer, the color got more intense. I love the look of those brush strokes. A piece of Bohemian Designer Series Paper was adhered to Sahara Sand Cardstock and overlapped with the watercolor.

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“Peace” from Christmas Greetings Thinlits was cut from a scrap of Silver Foil Sheets. I originally intended to only use the sentiment, but when I saw the word pressed into the foil, I loved the look and decided to incorporate the whole scrap into the design. To add more silver I added some Silver Cording Trim and carefully adhered it with a Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Fine Tip Glue Pen also made it easy to adhere the dove without showing through the vellum. I simply dotted some glue to the back of the image behind the embossing.

Dove of Peace

What are you making for Christmas this year? Share with us at Global Design Project and join in the fun.


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  • Reply sralibros (Robbye)


    November 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply stampingpeace

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    November 17, 2015 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Paula Dobson

    Your brushstroke background creates the perfect backdrop for this luxurious done image! Nothing I can say but “WOW”!!

    November 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Brian

    Shawn – you are going to get bored of me saying this, but your work is exceptional. This is really gorgeous, and I’m excited to try the technique you used to create the large brushes of ink the background of your card. It’s just gorgeous!

    November 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Linda

    As always, I am in awe of your talent. Fabulous design and flawless execution.

    November 16, 2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Steffi ❤ Stempelwiese

    wow, so elegant. great!!

    November 16, 2015 at 11:43 am
  • Reply understandblue

    Unbelievably great as usual!

    November 16, 2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Tanja Kolar

    This card is sensationel, Shawn! It looks so luxory with each metallic detail.
    Hugs Tanja

    November 16, 2015 at 7:25 am
  • Reply JustB

    I’m almost speechless – all I can say is Holy Wow!!!

    November 16, 2015 at 6:08 am
  • Reply Louise Sharp

    Shawn, this is an elegant and striking work of art. Keeping the ‘peace’ sentiment in the silver foil – genius! A simply gorgeous colour combination with the Blackberry Bliss and Silver with a soft touch of Bermuda Bay on the vellum. xo

    November 16, 2015 at 5:27 am
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