Wednesday, 11 September 2013

On this sad day....

Hello everyone, so glad you dropped by today. Yes, as everyone knows, today is the sad day we commemorate the terrible events of 9/11. Did you realize it is now 12 years ago? I remember it as if it happened yesterday, - the world will never be the same again.

On a happier note, I have a card to share with you today which I created for Sin City Stamps.
Below I will give you a quick step by step. I used two stamp sets:
Art Journaling with Terri Sproul and
Love of Butterflies
I also used:
A Size 12 tag
Ranger Archival inks in Cobalt Blue and Coffee
Distress Paints in Antique Linen, Weathered Wood,  and Picket Fence
Distress Inks in Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Gathered Twigs
Clear Embossing Powder
Manilla Card Stock
Spellbinders Dies: Les Papillions and Stately Circles
Tim Holtz Stencils
Texture Paste
Viva Pearl Pen in black
Various embellishments, some crinkled seam binding
1. I started by folding an extra large tag in half
2. I then added some texture paste through some stencils and let it dry over night
3. I blended Distress Paints in Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Picket Fence over the opened up tag until I was happy with the result. I used a pouncing motion with the paints and a baby wipe for extra texture.
4. Next I inked up some stamps from my chosen sets in Archival Cobalt Blue ink and stamped randomly over the background. I also added some further stamping with Archival Coffee. Who says that journaling stamps can only be used for journaling? I love these stamps and they make for great backgrounds for cards too. The two dark blue butterflies were stamped in Cobalt Archival and then heat embossed with clear powder to make them pop a bit more.
5. Now for some vocal points: I cut out a couple of butterflies from scraps of paper from my stash
6. I glued one on top of the other, bending the top one to add some dimension. I then stamped the word Art from the jouraling set on some inked card with blue Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder again. I then layered it all up with some embellishments from my stash as you can see from the photos.

7. Now for the inside: I cut two pieces of manilla card stock slightly smaller than the insides of the tag card. I created a pocket for one of the sides with one of my circle dies:
Here you can hopefully see how I made the pocket. On photo 2 you can see how I put the card on the die cut, drew around the corners and then I cut those bits away. I then glued it onto the card, just around the edges to create a circular corner pocket. I then did the backgrounds in exactly the same way as the outside of the tag card.
I created a tag for the pocket by stamping one of the journaling stamp, again in Cobalt Archival on some previously inked manilla card and cut it out. I then stamped a little sentiment from the Tim Holtz "way with Words set.
Here is the tag inside the pocket:
I added another stamped butterfly for a bit more interest.
Here you can see the other side, background as before with another butterfly and some more Tim Holtz sentiments
Here finally are the two inside panels glued in place:
The final touch was to add a bit of crinkled seam binding dyed with a mix of Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks.
Hope you like my card and thank you so much for visiting!


Dianne said...

What a lovely card, your art is beautiful.


Margie said...

I do like it Astrid, especially the pocket you created for your tag - I'll be trying that idea. You always put together your elements in such an interesting way, I love looking at what you create. Margie x

Redanne said...

A very sad day indeed and one for reflection....

Fabulous use of the No 12 tag Astrid, love the blue colour on the base and the butterflies are all just gorgeous! Hugs, Anne x

Marisa Job said...

What a gorgeous project!! Great instructions too!

Cynthia said...

Scrumptious art, Astrid, as always! Thank you, for sharing. I always pop-in even if I don't leave a comment. Your work is inspirational and I really enjoy it. Blessings to you! Cynthia

Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful too Astrid. You just make the most gorgeous creations always, and I really wish, I could make anything look like this, but it just never does, so I better stick to my kind of work, and then just enjoy watching all your stunning work here. It´s really awesome.

Aquarius said...

I love the colours and textures achieved on this tag card - clever idea for the pocket too (something to remember).

Rossella said...

This is do beautiful. Whoever the recipient is they are so lucky
Rosie x

Inkypinkycraft said...

Astrid this is absolutely gorgeous,I love the colours and the textures you have created in this piece is beautiful. Another gorgeous make hugs xtrace x

Claudia N. said...

What a lovely tag-card, Astrid!

As usual you have delicately combined textures and colours to create an adorable piece of art!

Claudia x

pearshapedcrafting said...

A beautiful tag card - love the china colours and the lovely textures, Chris

Bärbel said...

Schon seit einigen Tagen muss ich an diesen Tag und die vielen Menschen, die dabei starben, denken.

Ein sehr schönes und interessantes Projekt, liebe Astrid. Der Hintergrund gefällt mir sehr gut.

Shirley said...

Love the tag pocket Astrid, pockets are my favorite to make and this is gorgeous. The overall textured effect is very subtle and pretty.

I am sure everyone can remember exactly what they were doing on this extremely sad day 12 years ago, I know I can.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

I LOVE IT! It's absolutly awesome, love the whole composition and the vintage look. Your style is always very harmonious and elegant.
Big hugs Anja

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Astrid ! Love the colours and the butterflies are gorgeous ! Sue C x

Hope and Chances said...

Loving all those textures and the butterfly is gorgeous :) xx

Maryanne said...

A sad day indeed. It's chilling to see armed soldiers at the gates of the major military installations in our area this morning.
But, your card is beautiful, Astrid! I love the colors and the pocket. Very beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Astrid, it has been much in my mind and like you, I remember the events as though they were yesterday. Ironically I was in town purchasing $s for a forthcoming trip to America. People were huddled around an electrical shop window watching the news coverage on one of the televisions in the window. Surreal.
Onto something that brings joy - your art. The textures and colours are exquisite.

Terry said...

I was watching CNN and the stock market report when that horrible event happened! I called my hubby while he was on his way to work to tell him (that was before anyone knew) and while speaking with him, a second plane hit! It was pretty obvious it was an attack! Very sad for so many all over the world! Your beautiful tag makes my heart happy! Love the texture and that inside pocket is adorable! Fabulous creation! Hugs!

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous project, love the inside as well as out, fabulous details.

Jenny Marples said...

I remember the day as if it were yesterday, watching the live pictures in disbelief and horror. My heart goes out to them.
Your tag card is beautiful Astrid and the tutorial is so helpful. Hugs, Jenny x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid
Lest we not forget the victims of this horrendous event in our lifetime, it has made this generation think the worse about many things which is also very sad.
Your Tag has wonderful elements; the butterfly being very symbolic in that it shapes change....gorgeous Card.

Annie said...

So delicate and feminine and yet vintage grunge too. I love the way you have combined both styles. Gorgeous stamps and texture.


Annie x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Yes like you I still feel 9/11 was a defining lifetime moment - and thankfully we do take time to stop and remember.

Your tag/card is stunningly beautiful Astrid - I love the colours and all the textures. And thank you for a fabulous tutorial.

Unknown said...

Hello Astrid! I miss you! I just saw a news report on memorializing Sept. 11th. It blew my mind to realize that some were in kindergarten when it happened and now are seniors in high school. Your art continues to be so beautifully expressive and I appreciate the tutorial. xxoo Marilyn

Brenda Brown said...

How lovely seeing this in the making, I just love the colours, textures and especially those beautiful butterflies put together.
I can remember that day so vividly, definitely a day and point in time that will be remembered forever.
Big hugs. Brenda xox

Solange Barreto said...

Obrigada pelo tutorial. Maravilhoso cartão. Beijo.

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

I love brown and blue color combo! I can't believe this started life as an oversized tag - love it!

Margaret Mifsud said...

I remember my son ringing me in the middle of the night to tell me what was happening in America and we watched it unfold together, although he lived on the other side of Adelaide. Such a sad, sad time. Let's pray that nothing like that ever happens again.
Stunning card Astrid ... just amazing!! Love the gorgeous colours and you have such a great knack for blending. Great step by step too showing all those special 'Astrid' touches. Love it!! oxox

maria's knutselplezier said...

Thanks for your tutorial , Astrid, it is very interesting, yes that desaster is still in our memories , I was sitting at my work that day and heart it on the radio , first we though it was a mistake, an accident, but than the second plain came and than we knew, Extremisme is a very bad thing!!!


Paula Whittaker said...

love your tag cards

Dorthe said...

So little and so beautiful, dear Astrid, so many wonderfyl effects and adds.The butterflyes are gorgeous and the corner pocket a great idea.
Your art is amazing dear friend!

Ros Crawford said...

Beautifully done!

Marianne said...

This is a wonderful card. Love what you did to the inside of the card. It is really stunning! xxx Marianne

Marianne said...

This is a wonderful card. Love what you did to the inside of the card. It is really stunning! xxx Marianne

Suzi B said...

So lovely... I must Google the size 12 tag... I know! you'd think I'd know these things... but I don't :(
Suzi B xx

Barbara Rankin said...

This is such a beautiful card, Astrid, and your directions are always so clear. I love all the dimension you added with the paste and sprays. I am inspired! TFS

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Beautiful color on the embossing paste! Love the butterfly too!

Netty said...

Terrific card Astrid, Annette x

butterfly said...

Well, with those colours, this was always going to hit the mark for me - and it is absolutely lovely. That background text stamp in Coffee looks like a "must-have", and the dark blue glossy butterflies are delicious! Gorgeous texture too, and the doily pocket inside is a great touch.
Alison xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh my, this is pure heaven Astrid! Love the way you used the embossing paste and the way you painted it gold. The background stamping is such a fabulous technique and the embossed butterflies are so perfect there. I need to make a tag and you've got the wheels turning in my head. Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration!


Unknown said...

Drool worthy, so inspirational, so exquisite... love, love, love!!! said...

Astrid this is a beautiful post. So delicate and pretty.

Dianne said...

A card say it's not so, that is a piece of art.. Love seeing some of the creative process, the colors, textures, just stunning, the gorgeous butterflies all over. fabulous, then the inside, STUNNING.... This just blows me away..Thanks for all the sharing, its fabulous..

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