Vintage Beauty gothic arch collage

Time for another challenge... for week #105 "Just a hint of pink" at City Crafter Challenge Blog I made this gothic arch collage.

I didn't plan on joining any challenge or swap since I'm busy hand stitching my first fabric collage, which is sooooo time consuming but so nice to do! But then I saw what the challenge at CCCB was about...

Linda asked us to "make a project using Black, White or Grey, with a hint of pink. The color of your project could be all black, all white or all grey, or you could use 2 or 3 of these colors together, but don't forget the hint of pink!"

I just HAD to join and used all of the mentioned colours.

I don't know why, but somehow this challenge made me think of gothic arches.

So I'm also adding this to the challenge at Gothic Arches challenge blog. Their theme is Signs of Spring. I used delicate white flowers as the first sign of spring in the midst of the dark, grey and death of winter.

Here's what I did...

First I altered a photo of a forest and made it a pink grey. This I used as my background. Not that you can see much of the forest after I added more layers to my collage, but oh well... I distressed the edges of the arch. Then I added a black lace fabric and teared some paper with writings on it from Kruidvat.

Next I coloured a black and white picture of a beautiful vintage lady in Photoshop and then...

... for some reason I felt the urge to burn the edges! :)

Did you do that at school? I did. I loved burning paper. Don't ask me why.

After the burning I distressed the burned edges with black ink to get rid of the brown burning marks (as it is a black/grey/white challenge brown has to go, bye bye!).

Next I added some white lace flowers and some ... ???... pink embellishment stuff. Sorry, English is not my native language :) Two curly thingies from Kruidvat which I distressed silver and black (silver counts as grey, right?) and some beads on a thread to make it a hanging arch.


Further more, I'd like to show you the presents I got from Ros of City Crafter. Just look how beautiful she's wrapped the gift:

I love the cute little tag she's made! And the music sheet... I love playing the piano, so I tried to play what was on the sheet but it's way too difficult for me :)

And here's what was in this lovely package:

Don't you just love those gorgeous stamps? And the die-cuts are so lovely too. Thank you, Ros, for this beautiful gift!

And now for a by-the-way... I'll be having my own pinterest account very soon. Finally :) Rumour has it that it's quite addictive. Hmmm.

But for now: cheerio and happy weekend!

xx Wen


  1. Sooooooo pretty! thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  2. Mooi, heeeeeeeel erg MOOI!!!
    En de "Pink" is helemaal goed zo lijkt mij, een beetje, mar niet teveel.
    Liefs, Daphne

  3. Wederom weer heel erg mooi! Ik vind de kleurstijl prachtig. Echt een kunstwerkje

  4. tis weer grote klasse meid, steeds weer een genot om op je blog te komen..knuf peet

  5. Prachtig!!!! Zou je zomaar eens mee kunnen winnen.
    Dat branden had ik ook altijd, ik denk dat er een pyromaan in ons schuilt. Ik maakte altijd schatkaarten, dan kon je zo lekker de randjes wegfikken.
    Nog bedankt voro de tip! Ik heb mijn post veranderd en doe nu mee!

  6. That's a stunning arch, what a beautiful colour combination.
    It's just so pretty, thanks for joining in with Gothic Arches.

  7. What a lovely piece of art! I love what you did to make this so interesting .... Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB ... Glad you got the prize too ... Thank you for letting me know ... have a lovely day

  8. Such a beautiful creation!! Such a stunning arch - very delicate and elegant. Thank you for supporting Gothic Arches. Lynn ♥

  9. heel erg leuk

    groetjes gré

  10. Wat mooi Wendy. Enne dat papier branden jaha leuk ben er alleen iets te perfectionistisch voor nu. Want ja het brandt natuurlijk nooit helemaal zoals ik dat wil. Maar het blijft een super gaaf effect geven.

  11. Hello Wendy
    Thank you for visiting my Blog, Adorn.
    I am now your newest Follower, a beautiful blog you have and I adore your arch, stunning in its detail and I love the image of the woman, I must try and search for her.

  12. Wat een leuk hangertje, mooi details en wat leuk een kadootje te mogen ontvangen!!

  13. Oh my goodness.. What a beautiful creation. Just perfect for our challenge this week.. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  14. Hoi Wendy, Allereerst mijn waardering, dat je het geduld kunt opbrengen om mijn blog te bezoeken. Bedankt voor je lieve reactie!! Gelukkig heeft er iemand gereageerd op mijn hulp-roep op blogger. Hopelijk kan het snel opgelost worden.
    Jouw "gothic arch collage" vind ik bijzonder mooi. Ik hou zeer van jouw aparte "eigen" stijl...

    Groetjes, Toos

  15. Your arch is so delicate and pretty. I love it!

  16. Hi Wendy,
    your arch is absolutely beautiful! Love it.Have a wonderful weekend.


  17. Jouw zoontje zal best blij zijn met onze brainwaves! Eigenlijk was het heel leuk geweest om met pasen een schatkaart te maken die naar een verstopt ei leidde.............shit, te laat!

  18. P.S. Ook leuk voor een kinderfeestje! Iedereen zijn eigen schatkaart om een kleinigheidje te vinden......of sla ik nu door?

  19. Dank je wel voor de leuke reactie op mijn theeswap voor Toos en dat je volger bent geworden.
    Jou blog ziet er ook geweldig uit met leuke dingen.
    Je hanger is prachtig,erg mooi gemaakt!Ook het kadootje ziet er goed uit!

    Groetjes Elly (Ik ga jou ook volgen)

  20. Hello Wendy
    Your little collage is so very pretty!
    Lovely work! Thank you for such a lovely comment left on my blog.
    Happy creating!
    x Suzy

  21. Absolutely GORGEOUS! ! LOVE that image!! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  22. Your card with the arch background is so beautiful Wendy. I love it! Hugs xx

  23. great arch with all the different techniques love the image you used and the back/white theme

  24. Absolutely stunning!


Thank you so much for leaving me a sweet message, I love reading your comments. Hugs and happy day to you! xx Wen