Tuesday, 19 November 2013

12 tags of Christmas FJ style #8

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping in!
Well I am in full Christmas Card making mode and decided to use Linda's tag 8 as my inspiration for this card, though you'll be pushed to recognize that, but I will explain in a moment. Here is the card:
Linda's original can be found HERE, very different indeed!!

Still there were some bits I took inspiration from, foremost the way she did the background. Linda links to a brilliant tutorial by Tammy Tuterow that she followed, and I did the same, only using different stamps and colours, but following exactly the same steps and I have to say I love it.
Here is a picture of mine, before I did anything else:
The other bit of inspiration was the stamp set she used for her vocal image, - I used the same set, only a different stamp. I also used another Tim Holtz set, the Holiday Joy Framelits die set. I just love the trees in this set and I stamped them in Iced Spruce DI. Because of the embossed background you get a sort of mottled effect when you stamp over it, which I quite like for this particular look.
It's like a kind of snowy effect.

I stamped my vocal stamp in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed it, I just love this stamp and dream of one day doing a sledge ride in a sledge pulled by horses like this.
I used some pastel pencils to add shadows and make it appear as if the sledge was going past a frozen lake, hope you can see it from the photo.
The sentiment is from the same set.
The only added embellishement was a stamped snowflake with a button, for this card I decided I wanted the stamps to do most of the talking....
Well, hope Linda will accept it as still being inspired by her tag. All the details of the challenge can be found HERE. There is still a bit of time to play and if you decide to tag along, you are in with a chance for a fabulous price sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique

Thanks for all you kind comments on my last card, here's hoping you will like this one too!

38 comments:

Susie Bentz said...

Beautiful! I love the way the trees look stamped on the embossed background.

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous ethereal background and beautiful wintry scene Astrid. I love the colour palette and gorgeous focal image.
hugs {brenda} x0x

maria's knutselplezier said...

wow, wow, wow,super Astrid, what a beautiful mysterius background , and what a great stamp use, I really, really love this Christmascard, it's seems so real!!

Greetings
Maria

brenda said...

Your card is absolutely Divine and such a lovely Victorian feel to it.

B x

Maryann Laursen said...

Like it? No I sure don´t like it, I LOVE it Astrid. It´s just exactly how the oldfashioned winter / christmastime is in my book, and it looks fabulous. Stunning work as always hun.

Panna Totti said...

What a beautiful card! I like those soft colors. Perfectly used stamps.

Rita said...

What an amazing and inspirational card Astrid. The scene you have created is stunning and I do love the finished card. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx.

Almo said...

Love everything about this card Astrid. It just shows you dont need many embellies if the techniques are good. I can alsmost feel the frosty look of those trees in this wintery chiristmas scene. Hugs Mo x

Suzi B said...

Oh gosh Astrid this is gorgeously ethereal...love it, puts me in mind of Dr. Chivago
Suzi B xx

Annie said...

Stunning card and I agree those trees look amazing. Love the wonderful scene and colours. TFS

Crafty hugs Annie x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great dimensional effect Astrid

rachel said...

a real beauty Astrid - this is wonderful - looks kind of misty and so very atmospheric - fabulous xx

Ros Crawford said...

Beautiful! I love the image you used ...

Meggymay said...

Beautiful card, love the misty, magical background and the wonderful image.
Yvonne

Junibears said...

Your work is always so beautiful Astrid it almost makes my mouth water!! x

inkypinkycraft said...

this is absolutely gorgeous, just love the colours and the layout is great ! x hugs x

Marianne said...

Beautiful card with this vintage look. Love the distressed papers. xxx Marianne

Marisa Job said...

Such a pretty card! Love the background!!

Maryanne said...

What a fantastic card, Astrid! I love the frozen lake effect you got with the pastels. I can see it in the picture and I'm sure it's better in person! Love it!

Joan said...

This is everything a Christmas card should be,love the background and the misty trees, just fabuloud

Redanne said...

I love the misty look of the background, like a real snowy day. Your card is gorgeous. Hugs, Anne x

sharon said...

You have created such a soft magical feeling! Beautiful!

Terry said...

Love the snowy background which is so inviting of a sleigh ride! Beautiful card, Astrid! Hugs!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a gorgeous card in great colors. Love the background and the main image.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

You captured that sense of them riding through a woodland on a frosty day when the mist hangs low and it is the most beautiful effect.
That background is dreamy.
Wishes
Lynne

Margaret Mifsud said...

How could one not like this Astrid????? It is stunning!! Love that background, I think I might have to take a look at the tutorial as well. Can certainly see the frozen lake quite well. You captured the feeling of the sleigh ride on a frosty day beautifully, and that's what art is all about isn't it?? Making the person looking at it feel like they are actually there. You did that so well, I'm shivering!! hehe!! Love this card ... simply stunning!!! oxox

barbarayaya62 said...

Astrid fantastic card! love the trees "ghost" in the background and the soft and unusual colors that you used BArbarayaya

May said...

Gorgeous card Astrid, Love the background the trees look fabulous...Great image too.... Hugs May x x x

Shirley Chillman said...

Oh Astrid I wish I could have a delve into you stash it would be like crafting heaven I am sure.

This is so beautiful it looks like an early morning scene and they are out for a frost ride.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Netty said...

Am positive Linda will accept this beautiful Christmas card Astrid, Annette x

Bärbel said...

Die Karte ist sehr stimmungsvoll, toll! Der Spruchstempel gefällt mir auch sehr gut, woher ist er?

butterfly said...

Absolutely love this one - the resist from the embossing is just fabulous, and I love those fresh greens of the pine forest in the background and the stamping of the trees - simply lovely!
Alison x

Zuzu's Blog said...

another beauty Astrid. x

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Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful, love the background the colour effect is stunning
Such a lovely vintage feel

Jools x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Nicely done, Astrid! I, too, love those trees (wishing I had that set!). Your background came out beautiful and I just love that silhouette stamp. Great to have you playing along for week #8!

Hugs,
Linda

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