Angels Appear by Lisa Taggart

Nov 21, 2018 | Free Projects, Step-by-step tutorial

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Create a beautiful Christmas canvas in contemporary colours.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost upon us? Hope your preparations are going well. Today I thought that I would make my festive contribution with a little inspiration using the beautiful Mixed Up Printables.

Taking angels as the theme, I decided that a pretty colour palette of pinks, greens and gold would help deliver a delicate vintage canvas to complement my Christmas decor.


  • Mixed Up Printables: Angels #1, Music #1, Antique Page, Travel #1, Postcards #1
  • 9’x12’ Canvas
  • Cardstock: white, gold
  • Plain rice paper
  • That’s Crafty Surfaces: Feathers and Wings
  • Gold wire, gems, gold micro beads
  • Flowersoft: White
  • Assorted mulberry flowers and berries
  • Snip Art Stencil: Feathers
  • Visible image Stencil: Strobes
  • Imagination Crafts Stencil: Repeating Leaf
  • Tattered Lace Die: Inverse Flourish
  • Sheena Douglass Dies: Evergreen Trees, Christmas Foliage
  • Creative Expressions Stamps: Vintage Script
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Forest Moss, Picked Raspberry
  • Alcohol markers: pink, green
  • Pentart Media Mists: Lemon, Olive Green, Rose Pink
  • DecoArt Fluid Acrylics: Titan buff, Dark Grey
  • Versafine Ink: Onyx Black
  • White gesso, gel medium
  • DecoArt: Crackle paste
  • Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss: Golden Sand

Step-by-step instructions

1 Print the angels along with some elements from travel and postcards onto smooth white card. Print the music and antique page onto plain rice paper.

2 Using the travel and postcard elements, cut out and lay onto the canvas to create a textural first layer. Stick down using matt medium.

3 Once the background collage is dry, lightly coat with white gesso and then use the three stencils with texture paste to create added texture.

4 Add another thin layer of white gesso and using torn pieces of the music script rice paper, stick down randomly.

5 Spray inks on different parts of the canvas and when dry splatter black, white and gold ink on top.Use white gesso and a sponge to lighten the edges of the canvas.

6 Adhere the script rice paper to the centre of the canvas and then using black ink and the script stamp stamp around the edges.

7 To add a final touch of background texture, adhere a mixture of gems and gold micro beads in areas around the centre.

8 Cut out the tall angel and fussy cut the seated angel, removing her wings. Distress the edges, add watercolour highlights to both angels, and ink the edges in pink.

9 Die cut the frame in gold metallic card and create an additional frame to be added on top by twisting gold wire.

10 Paint the wings dark grey then add a layer of crackle paste. When dry, paint in Titan Buff acrylic.

11 Add highlights with Distress Ink and gold Glitter Kiss.

12 Die cut the fir trees and spruce branches and add a little white Flowersoft and gold glitter.

To finish: Cut out sentiments and edge in pink. Add colour highlights to the stencilled areas using alcohol markers. Stick down all the elements – I added berries and mulberry flowers. Finally I sprinkled additional gems and spread a little glitter kiss to the top of the canvas and to the features. It is Christmas after all!

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Meet the author

Lisa Taggart

Lisa Taggart

“I live in beautiful countryside close to the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland with my Partner Paul, cat and two dogs. I’ve always been ‘arty’: watercolour painting was my first love but mixed media is my current love; I adore creating with paints and mediums.”

Blog: InkyBliss

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