Sunday, 24 February 2013

Wonderful Life

Hello everyone and welcome. Once again I have to specially welcome so many lovely new followers, thank you for stopping by here.
Today I was lucky enough to play with some wonderful new stamps. It's the brand new set by Sam Poole called Art Houses. I used one of those paper mache hanging thingies, but turned it on its side.
I stamped the house four times, three times in black Archival and once embossed with gold embossing powder. I cut part of it out, coloured with Distress Inks and then layered it all up.
For the background I adhered strips of old scrapbook paper all over the front and sides. Then added some texture through a stencil. I used plain old Pollyfiller for it rather than all the expensive pastes that are available, and it works just fine and dries really quickly. I painted over the center of the little board with Snowflake Fresco paint and then sprtizt with a mixture of black and brown Dylusions sprays that I had mixed up in a mini mister. I stamped the heart part of the house once more and used that as an embellishment.
I stamped my sentiment from different words that come with the set, stamped the "sending you art" stamp, directly onto the board and then stamped all over still with a little Prima text stamp. The raised bits were still highlighted with some Treasure Gold. I also gave the whole thing a few spritzes of Perfect Pearls Biscotti (bad idea as it made it really hard to photograph properly...
Here are a few close ups still and the big question, who will I send this to??? (Remember the Facebook pay it forward game HERE?)

Well, that's it. Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll have a creative week with lots of happy inkyness!!


Rita said...

Hello Astrid, what a stunning creation. I love what you've done with the house stamp, its really brought it to life. Fantastic Artwork. Hugs Rita xxxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, Astrid. Slightly different to your usual romantic style maybe? I love using polyfilla too; saves a lot of money!

Lucy x

marda said...

I don't know what the paper mache' hanging thingie is that you've used but, the end result is stunning.

Pam~Simply Nordic said...

Love your very artistic assemblage! The stamps look fun to play around with and added so much to your art! xo Pam

Chris said...

It's wonderful and I love the stamps and all the gorgeous texture. :-)

Sandie Edwards said...

The stamps look amazing, and how you layered the house - wow. Gorgeous texture, the embossing really makes it look so old worldy. You create the most charming projects!!

Sue said...

Hello Astrid.
Polyfilla, now why did I not think of that! Fantastic wall hanging, your textured embossing looks like old stonework, its gorgeous.

Laura Turner said...

Hi Astrid, I love the texture and your wonderful, unique designs. Thank you for posting your steps as well.

Laura from

Ephemera said...

Stunning Astrid, love what you have done with the new stamps. Brilliant textures and colours. XX

SanDee1899 said...

wow, Wow, WOW
Cant believe what an oustanding piece of art this is amazing. Such a fabolous work!

Maryann said...

WAUW Astrid you are truely amazing lady. I´m totally in awe about this one here too, It´s so gorgeous work, and I´m so jealous at those skills ha ha ha. Love what you´ve done here.

cathylynn said...

This is awesome! Love the colors and textures. You have created a delightful piece of art.
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Irene said...

A beautiful and stunning creation.

Buttons said...

Oh boy have you put your unique stamp on this set! Love the layered house and adore that background. Hugs, Jenny x

Bettina Breiding Hansen said...

hello. I´m one of the new followers (my english is hopeless - sory!)
- it´s so beautiful - love the house!
And then i´m so grateful that You will share your freebies with all of us - thank you so much!!!
lots of greetings Bettina

PeggyR said...

This is a lovely piece.

Annie said...

Hi Astrid. Love what you have created here with your new Stamps. Love the colours and techniques.

Fab background and tips


Annie x

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

WOW WOW WOW, can I come stay with you for a while and learn? I'll kneel at your feet in hero worship :)

Dorthe said...

My dear Astrid, your papermache hanger is a gorgeous piece, so many great stamps makes the background allive and exiting-and the heart stamp used twice is so wonderful-
I totally admire the look from the side,too-really looks like an old wooden piece, it is very beautiful!
Yes it would be wonderful learning from you,Astrid.
Hugs from me,

Ros Crawford said...

What amazing work you turn out ... this is so detailed and I love the textures

butterfly said...

Scrumptious vintage sepia background - love the Polyfilla (great tip, thank you!) texture, and that lovely white honeycomb running through it. The house looks fabulous, vintage, grungy, just great! Question is... is my lucky roll still rolling?!
Alison xx

Margie said...

This is great Astrid - love the stamps and your texture "paste" - great tip! I'm with Dorthe and Deb and want to come and learn from you too. How about a crafty retreat?

Anita Houston said...

Fab postcard! Love these houses!

Marjie Kemper said...

Gorgeous, Astrid! Love the layered house and rich background.

Susie Bentz said...

Absolutely love this!

die amelie said...

Wunderschön, Astrid!

Absolutely brilliant with all the grunge colours and texturing!!!! LOVE every single inch of it!

Thank you so much for your kind wishes on our new challenge blog!!!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Claudia xxx

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