Sunday, 30 June 2013

Inspiration Board

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It is my turn to post as an International Blog Ambassador for Spellbinders and I decided to make an Inspiration Board
As you can see I used quite a number of different dies, but this is a project that can be easily adapted to the dies that you may have. One of the great things about Spellbinder dies is that they all seem to work together.

I started my taking a piece of mount board, 15" by 12" and coated it with Gesso. When that was dry I created my background with various colours of Distress Paints: Picket Fence, Antique Linen, and Weathered Wood. I spritzt them with water to let them marble, dried them with my heat gun and when dry, did some background stamping with a Stempel Glede swirl stamp. I stamped with the Distresss Inks, first Weathered Wood and then Frayed Burlap. I dried it once more with my heat-gun and then used my ink-blending tool and Distress Inks in Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky to add more colour..

My two end panels were done in the same way. I cut and embossed the largest of the Decorative Labels Eight out of white card stock. I then cut some scrap book paper (K & Co) in a lightish colour with the second largest of the A2 Matting Basics B, embossed it and while still in the die sponged it lightly with the same colours of Distress Inks I used for the background. Next I cut and embossed the second largest of the Decorative Labels 8 from another piece of light coloured scrapbook paper, coloured it with Frayed Burlap quite darkly for contrast and then matted these pieces all together with foam tape. Each panel was finished with a cut and embossed butterfly from the Les Papillions set. I cut these from some delicate floral papers to add just a hint of colour and then highlighted the embossed bits with some gilding wax, and finished with some Viva Decor pearl pen pearls.

The central panel was done slightly differently, I cut the second largest of the Floral Ovals. Mounted it in the same way and then added a Tim Holtz ornate plate made to look rusty with a variety of acrylic paints and some gilding wax again. The little heart in the center was made from Sculpey clay, covered in the same floral paper I used for the butterflies and then sanded down once the glue had dried. Again I also added some gilding wax for a vintage effect.
The inspirational quotes came from the Donna Downey Empowered Words set and were stamped onto  one of the Just Rite Antique  Labels 10 dies.

 
Finally I added one of the Ribbon Banners with another Donna Downey phrase, a butterfly and one of the Tim Holtz pen nibs to finish it all off.


Well, hope you like my inspiration board and maybe it will give you some inspiration too.
I am linking this to Country View Crafts Challenge where the theme is Die=cuts

Thank you so much for visiting and have fun creating!!

39 comments:

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolutely gorgeous work here again Astrid, simply stunning creation as always hun. You just always deliver an amazing result, whatever it is, you´re creating, and this looks sooo gorgeous too.
Have a wonderful day and week ahead now and filled with lots of great fun too.

Paula Whittaker said...

lovely use of the days...beautifully put together to make a stunning inspiration board.

chrissies said...

Very Inspirational and Beautiful at the same time. Your makes are amazing

Love Chrissie x

Tracie Dean said...

Stunning. I love this.
Love how you brought all the different elements together.

Someday, I hope to be able to create something this beautiful.

Buttons said...

You always take the art of composing and using die cutting to another level Astrid. The colours and the added altered embellishments make this such a special piece. Hugs, Jenny x

Brenda Brown said...

Truly an inspiration board for us all, I just love this Astrid the way you have layered the dies, the fabulous background and colours and the great quotes you have chosen.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
hugs Brenda xxx

Annie said...

Stunning board Astrid. Love those colours and the dies are stunning. Thanks for sharing the How To x

Happy Sunday x

Rita said...

Good Morning Astrid. Well, what can I say. This truly is an inspirational board that has been created to perfection. The background itself is beautiful and the die cuts are so stunning with all the lovely elements and colours. You must be so pleased with this fabulous creation. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Marianne said...

This is absolute gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. xxx Marianne

Sue Butler said...

Wow Astrid this is so inspirational, I love the colour palette you have used and each of your elements,I could look at it all day it is so gorgeous.
Smiles:)
Sue

May said...

Stunning inspirational piece Astrid, Beautiful colours & wonderful use of the dies..I have some of these but I have not used them in this way..Thank you for the great ideas...Hugs May x x x

Aquarius said...

This is certainly inspirational and shows just how well all the different SB dies go together. Love the colour combinations.

milissa d said...

always beautiful............

Ros Crawford said...

This really inspire me!! I really love it! Everyone should have something like this to look at every day! I also need to get some of those pen nibs ... Love how you placed it one the butterfly ...

Ellen said...

Beautiful as always!!!!!!

Hugs,
Ellen

Ria Gall said...

Hi Astrid
this is a stunning piece of art it is really beautiful so soft and girlie but something you would love hanging on your wall
Ria

Maryanne said...

Truly beautiful! I love the way you've used the different dies so they all work together. The background is perfect, too.

Netty said...

wow the diecuts are gorgeous and love your beautiful display board, hugs Annette x

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous! I love each one, and the soft colors are wonderful!

Shirley Chillman said...

Another winner Astrid everything is so subtle and elegant. So love the marbled effect with some of my fave colours.

Die cuts are a wonderful invention but what you have made with them is truly amazing.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Dorthe said...

Astrid your inspiration board is gorgeous,- oh those Spellbinder dies and so beautifully connected are all wonderful! You made such lovely colour combinations also, and used the dies in the most gorgeous way, to show them off!! Love the qoutes,too!
Please let me ask you, eeven I think it is a very stupid answer for you and many others!!! but can I use the Spellbinder dies, in my Big Shott maschine??- I have long been holding this question back, but now I dare to ask you ,-lol
Happy sunday evening,- I hope yours are not as cols and wet as mine!!!
Dorthe, xx

Dorthe said...

I ofcourse meant to write : a very stupid question for you!!!!!!!!

Meggymay said...

Absolutely beautiful, love all the additions and details.
Yvonne

Fandhmum said...

Astrid, this is so wonderful and beautiful and totally gorgeous
Rosie x

Sandy said...

Always so beautiful Astrid!
Sandy

butterfly said...

I'm so inspired by your inspiration board... for starters to get some mountboard! The beautiful background feels like the sky on a summer afternoon - perfect for taking a deep breath and thinking inspirational thoughts. And your three panels are so lovely. I think my favourite is the middle one with that gorgeous heart and altered bookplate - wonderful make altogether!
Alison xx

Heather Rogers said...

So very lovely Astrid your attention to detail is to be admired and your position as Ambassador for Spellbinders is richly deserved!!

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

p.s. great the 1st passed with little disruption to our actual blogs!!

Chris Warner said...

A fabulous project! Love the background and the features, great design and fab use of colours. Thanks for sharing with us this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

Redanne said...

What a gorgeous array of wonderful die cuts on your beautiful inspiration board. I adore the butterflies and the quotes are wonderful too. A beautiful piece of work. Hugs, Anne x

Candy C said...

Astrid...this is an absolutely gorgeous piece. I so love your background. It's so soft and vintage looking and really sets the stage for the three gorgeous die cut assemblages that you've created and perfectly placed. Each one is so lovey and so expertly done. You've created such a gorgeous vintage feeling on each one. Love the butterflies. Love the clay heart on Tim's Ornate plate. Really, as always, beautiful work, Astrid! <3 Candy

Dianne said...

Hello Astrid, look at that, 50 lovely and well deserved comments,The background you created is just stunning and on all the panels, the sentiments are perfect for us all dream, believe and trust our hearts, how wonderful that is,the diecuts look gorgeous , the butterflies are beautiful and the heart, with the gilding and rust is stunning, I love it . Thanks for sharing and for always inspiring myself and others, Have a wonderful week..

Marisa Job said...

What a beautiful project!! Love all the pretty details !!!! Great instructions too!!

Terry said...

This is very inspirational and gorgeous in every way. I love the colors and the panels! The metal plate is so elegant. You are so inspiring! Have a lovely week! Hugs!

Claire said...

wow Astrid this is certainly an inspiration - beautiful result from so many clever techniques.
Clare xx

Bärbel said...

Mit den wunderbaren Spellbinders Stanzen und den Embellishments ist ein wunderschönes Wandbild entstanden. Traumhaft schön mit dieser feinen Spitzenumrandund der Stanzen!

Paper Profusion said...

Only doing a catch up now - this is a totally stunning piece Astrid! Really beautiful. Nicola x

Sandie Edwards said...

Wow, what an amazing piece ..... this is!!!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

I must have been asleep to miss this post, a totally stunning project Astrid. Love the subtle colours and the diecuts are beautifully incorporated. An absolutely magic piece!! ox

Almo said...

Hi Astrid, I love your Inspiration board both the die-cuts and the sentiments are lovely, as are the colours. Hugs Mo x

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