Monday, 4 February 2013

Once Upon a Fairytale

Hello everyone and welcome here, thank you for visiting and like always, a special welcome to all my new followers!
Well, after having been selected one of the top three at SSSS I had to join in again of course. This week the theme is "Ever After", they want us to use a fairy tale theme. So here's my make
I created a book cover which I hope has a fairy tale feel to it. I used the Tim Holtz book plate stamp and two stamps from the Graphics 45 Once Upon a Spring Time collection. I love how these stamps just seem to blend in perfectly with the book plate. I stamped the bookplate in Black Archival and then coloured over it with Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo, a tiny bit of Peacock Feather, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed. I then stamped the two G45 stamps, fussy cut them and coloured them with a mix of distress inks, Distress Markers (scribbled onto my craft sheet and then picking up the ink from there with a water brush- : this seems to work much better for me than using the direct to paper technique). I also used some water colour pencils to high light some areas and spritzt wild Heirloom Gold perfect pearls. Finally the inevitable Treasure Gold White Fire was rubbed around the edges and then I embellished with some flowers etc and mounted on some green card, again, distressed and gilded like the card itself. I created a spine for the card, so it looks like a book cover and I may well make some insert pages for it at some future point. Here are some more photos:
Here you can see the fairy a bit better, in real life there is much more sparkle

The title, I love how this bit just  seems to fit the title part of the book plate, - as if it was made for it.



Well, that's it. Hope you like it.... The colours are a bit dark, more like Autumn than Spring, I probably should have stamped the book plate in a different colour.... Ah well, you live and learn.... ☺

I am entering this for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show

40 comments:

Marisa Job said...

Wow!! You amaze me every time! This is another stunning project!! Love the colors!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Astrid!

Annie said...

This is beautiful Astrid :-) The book cover stamp is perfect and I agree that the Once Upon a Time Stamp looks like it was made to fit there. Stunning project love the fairy and floral images.

I really like the colour combo as it gives an aged appearance.

TFS and good luck

Annie x

Jann said...

I think the dark color of the bookplate is perfect--a stunning creation, Astrid!

Fliss said...

An absolutely beautiful creation Astrid and it really does look like a fairytale book too. An amazing effect and everything fits together so well.
Fliss xx

Sarah said...

I have been contemplating getting this book plate stamp ever since it came out but have not taken the plunge. You may have just convinced me that I really do "need" it.
I love this and the colors are just perfect!

Maryann said...

WAUW this is sooooooooo gorgeous Astrid, and it sure doesn´t matter, that you used these colors, cause it screams Fairytale all over. I am sooo in love with this project here, so you just did it again.

Buttons said...

Drooling - again!!! Astrid this is another masterpiece. LOVE the blended colours, LOVE that bookplate stamp (it's on the list!!) and love your fairies. Huge congratulations on your win - so well deserved. Hugs, Jenny x

Anne (cornucopia) said...

This looks fantastic! You've definitely achieved the look of a fairy tale book. Great artwork.

annemarks said...

Beautiful work again, stunning images and colours:)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Adorable look, love this fabulous colorful composition!

butterfly said...

Absolutely a fairtytale feel... it feels like when you open this cover the stories of centuries and all your favourite tales will be revealed! Simply lovely, Astrid!
Alison x

Ornate Splendor said...

Such a lovely ethereal quality to your bookcover! Love all the shadings of different colors blending into to each other and the 3d effects also...fabulous!

Margyz Paper Games said...

I love, love, love this book cover. It's absolutely magical. Beautifully done Astrid. You are amazing. ox Marg

PeggyR said...

Oh my love what you did.

inkypinkycraft said...

Astrid, this is so beautiful and a true fairytale feel.. gorgeous colours and a definite magical glow surrounds this piece. I love it ( just got that fairy myself)wonderful, trace x

chrissies said...

This is magical and definitely just right for the Fairytale Theme. The techniques you have used look amazing

Love Chrissie xx

Pat Beaumont said...

Fabulous book cover Astrid

Bärbel said...

Das ist atemberaubend schön, Astrid, es erinnert an ein altes Märchenbuch, so wunderschön romantisch und verträumt gestaltet.
Liebe Grüße.

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats to you! And yes this certainly does have a fairy feel ... It's beautiful!!

Candy C said...

Atrid..your vintage book cover is so lovely. I love Tim's stamp and you've certainly done it proud with this piece! I love the colors you've given to the cover. They are almost magical. Love the flourish and corner treatments you've added. Those little dimensional flowers are so striking. Love the fairy! She's beautifully colored. And your title is also beautifully done! Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Lucy Edmondson said...

How gorgeous! And congratulations!

Lucy x

M@miogée said...

C'est tout simplement MAGNIQIQUE. J'adore !

Michelle said...

This is absolutely beautiful Astrid. Good luck (not that you'll need it)!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is magical! I love the soft glow you were able to achieve with your inks. It really looks like it was illuminated from within. Very lovely and lots of great texture.

Marlies said...

NederlandsEngelsFransI've always believed in fairy tales, but when I see this I'm sure. . . it is so beautiful.

Regards Marlies

Dorthe said...

Stunning dear Astrid,
I love the glow of fairy dust on your cover, and the feel of once apun a time.
I love fairies as you know, and this little one lives in a most fantastic surroundings- the dark colours gives a real forest feeling suitable for this dear fairy, with the gilding and the glow.
Hugs Dorthe

Netty said...

Loving your fabulous creation. So magical and the ink colour for the book cover is perfect. xx

Susie Bentz said...

Just Magical Astrid!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Oh just stunning!!! I love the colours and the fairies are just so magical and perfect.

Dianne said...

Wow this is absolutely fabulous as always thanks for sharing, love all of your work...

Anita Houston said...

What a beautiful book cover...and I'm sure it will be filled with the like! Love the fairy's and magical feel, dark and lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your magic with us at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week, and congrats on your win last week!

Ephemera said...

Thoroughly brilliant Astrid, beautifully, beautifully done. Love the colours.You have brought that stamp to life. xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Ohhh arrhhh this is just magical Astrid, and congratulations on top 3.... love the colours, so gorgeous and how you stamped and coloured!

SanDee F said...

This is absolutely marvelous I love the colours and the design this is an outstanding work of art ! Great Job - Huts up!
XO SanDee1899
hppt://www.sandee1899.blogspot.com

Helen said...

This definitely looks like the kind of magical mystical book that a child would love to read. Beautiful interpretation of the theme.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love the beautiful colors and details!

Suzanne C said...

Forgot to say thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! Wonderful entry!

butterfly said...

Yay!! Someone I know is going shopping... Congratulations at SSS!!
Alison xx

Maura said...

This is beautiful! You definitely have an ever after feel to it, and congrats for your win at SSS!

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