Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Admit Hope

Hello everyone and thank you so much for coming by here. A special welcome to new visitors and followers.

I have had a tricky week and needed a kind of affirmation, I've called it "Admit Hope". Hope is one of these interesting things.... do we really let it in? I could go on a long philosophical sojourn, but really you are here to see what I have made right? So let's not go there. I created this card with a beautiful image from Nicecrane Designs. I printed it on tissue paper, "cut" it out by going around the printed image with a damp paint brush and then carefully tearing it so you get a feathery edge and then adhered it to water colour paper with gel medium. I then blended Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Bundled Sage and Peacock Feather and a tinsy bit of Dusty Concord. I also added a little scrap of a paper serviette and some stamping.

I don't seem to be able to do any project with out adding some embossing with an embossing folder, this is my favourite of the moment, a TH Texture fade border. The raised bits were highlighted with Treasure Gold in White Fire another favourite.
Finally I tore the water colour paper so it would have a rough edge, glued it on a white card stock mat and then a card base out of Kraft card. I stamped my Hope ticket (a Whimsey stamp I seem to remember) and embellished with flowers, a filigree metal charm (a gift from a friend),some gauze (almost totally hidden) and some flowers.
Here are a few more close ups.


Thank you for your visit as always. I really appreciate the time you take to stop by.HERE is a link to the
Nicecrane pack I used. It contains loads of gorgeous vintage Calendar pages, that no doubt I will use next year for a calendar.

39 comments:

  1. Hi Astrid! Beautiful piece as always. so many lovely little details. I like the sentiment 'admit hope' - I think it even has a double meaning. Not only do we sometimes not let it in but sometimes we won't 'admit' to ourselves exactly what we are hoping for. So to admit hope means that we allow it to help us in difficult times and we also allow ourselves to hope. It's right up there with 'dare to dream' but we try to protect ourselves from disappointment by closing ourselves off. There you go, I am doing the pontificating for you. I truly hope your week improves. Hugs, Cindy x

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  2. This is really pretty. The colors pull you into it like an invitation.
    ~Elizabeth

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  3. This would have to be a new favorite of mine, with all the gorgeous details, and green is my favorite, also tissue paper ....eeee, I love it!! Gorgeous effects Astrid! We all harbour Hope I think, whether we speak it or not.

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  4. Your words made me ponder over "hope"..... interesting. Your creation is so beautiful Astride...whatever you were thinking of when you created this, was obviously something special and loved. The faded embossing is amazing, live that texture.

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  5. Wonderful, so lovely.

    Hugs
    Anke

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  6. Wonderful easter project, I love it beautiful design , wonderful colors, love the way you put all ellements together!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  7. Love the theme of hope. I am going to try your method of damping around the edges of a few photos, love the effect! xo Pam

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  8. This is a wonderful piece of art and the theme of HOPE is something lots of people need.Cleaver use of the paper napkin.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. WAUW absolut stunning work here again Astrid. It is so gorgeous, that I´m completely speachless.
    Hope is something we all need in our life, just ask those, who´s lost all hope, it really ends their life then, so we all have to keep hold on that, and hopefully also pass it on to as many as possible around us, whenever we can.

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  10. Superbly 'Astridified' image here (yes, it is a new word in my world:) I love the way you add texture and age to digital images and this is the perfect example. Huge round of applause, hugs Jenny x

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  11. Never tried actually printing onto tissue paper Astrid.. use it for canvas projects and the like but never printed onto it and then transferred to watercolour paper to make a card.....need to find a tute! Sometimes Hope can be confused with Faith I think - many people can live their lives without Faith but I believe you cannot go through life without Hope. This is a beautiful card.

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  12. This is so lovely ... i really love the white background ... it makes your art wok stand out so well ... I hope you have a good week ...

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  13. Beautiful collage Astrid, has a lovely warm feel about it. Hope your week improves. Hugs Annette x

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  14. Wowwww Astrid, love the way you used my February Calendar pict......Love each detail here, the vintage effect you aply to my pict, and these stunning flowers, so colorful ones,,,and what fantastic idea to add your metal ornament at top left,,, absolutely a play of art Astrid,

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  15. Lovely, Astrid. I have seen some of your recent DT projects but it has been a while since I have visited. I am going to be adding you to my Google Reader.
    Your art is stunning. Every piece is amazing! I.love the soft effect you achieved by using tissue paper! And it is embellished beautifully.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog and your lovely comment on my Artistic Outpost project. I so appreciate it. Have a wonderful day.
    Kate

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  16. Dear Astrid, I have waited with exitement ,to read about this beautiful piece, since seing it on FB this morning,- I fell in love with the soft greens- (seems so soft in the tissue paper on top of the water colour paper) ,the beautiful inking around the image ,the flowers and leave,everything looking so amazing springlike and beautiful- this is just gorgeous!
    Thank you for you so lovely comment today ,- here we also have had the most beaytiful sunshine today, and I had to take a walk to the beach :-)
    Hugs from Dorthe and a happy weekend- see you next week!

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  17. Dear Astrid, you have made this collage simply DIVINE!!! Beautiful art!

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  18. Another very alluring project Astrid! I love that there is just the tiniest bit of cheesecloth poking out it added a little texture to that side balancing out the charm. I'm sorry you're having a bad time. There is ALWAYS hope so don't ever feel hopeless. "Ginormous hug coming your way!"
    Deb
    A Look Through My Eyes

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  19. I really like what you've done with this piece Astrid - I think I would frame it and hang it somewhere I could see it every day and appreciate all that detail. Thanks for explaining all the steps - certainly plenty there to have a go at. Like your quote of the day, I hope making it will keep the doldrums away - love that!

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  20. This is stunning (as always) Astrid.

    Michelle xx

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  21. Such a beautiful design Astrid. Lots of techniques and a stunning outcome....love it.

    TFS

    Annie x

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  22. So beautiful - love those Diary images, and you've really done this one proud... I love the texture from the watercolour paper, and beautiful colour shading outwards from the printed image. The flowers are simply lovely. I hope that this gave you some respite from your difficult week: it's certainly lifted my heart.
    Alison xx

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  23. What a stunner! Totally gorgeous! Love the torn edges...oh so beautiful again! And, I am a firm believer in Hope!

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  24. Absolutely fabulous love all the detain you put in all your work thanks for inspiring us all..

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  25. This is stunning!!! Love everything about it!!

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  26. What a gorgeous piece of art you made! I love the scene and how you painted it and the embellishments enhanced it more.I need to try those TH fades as I love the effect on your card.
    Beautiful for the eye,
    Kelly

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  27. Oh I really need to stop by your blog much more often! This is a total affirmation of beauty and where there is beauty, there has to be hope! Love the coloring you added and the torn edges! Such a stunning project! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Yes, those new AO stamps are fabulous! Enjoy the day!

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  28. Thanks for the beautiful work you do, I am a recent follower and love coming here, you deserve a really good day. also dropped by nicecrane designs thanks to you - stunning, appreciate your eclectic taste and your generous spirit.

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  29. thank you such beautiful work, and thoughts of hope - you deserve a really good day, also dropped by nicecrane designs, stunning. def appreciate your eclectic taste and generous spirit.

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  30. What can I say? You just need to have seen my face just now as I scrolled down the photo and my mouth formed an Ooooh. Just incredible.

    Lucy x

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  31. Beautiful work Astrid, I am glad you shared how you made it as I was looking so closely to see how it fitted together. Love it.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  32. Liebe Astrid, ich danke dir mal wieder für deine wundervollen Geschenke.
    Ich bewundere grade deine entzückende Karte, die förmlich nach Frühling riecht.
    Ich hoffe, es geht dir gut und dir geht es besser.

    Alles Liebe von Sophie

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  33. Hi Astrid,
    Oh my, what a beauty, turly a work of art!
    Thanks for your inspiration.
    Happy week-end,
    Barb
    P.S. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. Ü

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  34. A really beautiful piece Astrid and I love all the forgeous texture and pretty springlike colours. Chris

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  35. Wow, das ist Frühling pur, Astrid, man spürt förmlich, wie er naht! Das ist ein wunderschönes Werk geworden, Astrid, ich liebe es, wie Sie das Motiv gestaltet und mit den schönen Blüten dekoriert haben.

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  36. this is stunning, the colours are fantastically warm, the sentiment is thoughtful, it does indeed deserve to be hanging somewhere to be seen every day.

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