Thursday, 20 February 2014

52 card pickup, the next 4 cards and a sneakpeek

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping in and thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left me for my first post on altering these fun little playing cards.

First of all, I am sharing a sneak peek for a project I am showing over on the Calico Crafts blog:
If you want to see more, just click here

But now, here is the next instalment of my 52 cards project, using very similar techniques as on the first set. Altogether, the cards don't look that different from the first lot, but then hey, this is after all a set of cards.
I used all the same techniques, - old book paper, background stamps, stencils, inks, tissue tape etc. Again, I had so much fun doing these and they are just perfect when you don't have the time for a very involved project and yet want to do something creative.
This is the dapper gentleman from the Tim Holtz Paris to London set, to me he looks brave and determined enough to make a difference, and making a difference is the inspiration behind this card and message.
chit chat stickers and some scraps of an old paper collection (can't remember which one) created the message on this one.
A much needed reminder in times where there is so much suffering going on..... This time the words were computer generated.
Tim Holtz letter stickers and mover and shaper dies on this one. One of the best techniques I recently found out when doing these cards is rubbing some Glue n Seal over your card, letting it dry and then using your Distress Markers to add some colour and shadows to make the images pop. It works a dream and I love it. other gel mediums do work as well but in my experience Glue n Seal works the best.

Left the backs really simple again, like with the first set:

If you missed the first set of cards, and the inspiration and ideas behind them, you can find them here

Thank you for visiting and stay safe, warm and happy!!

43 comments:

  1. Astrid these cards are just so inspirational ...beautiful..all of them. I 'm speechless unable to select a favorite one. Love how you make your sweet nothings so relevant and beautiful and unique.

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  2. wow, Astrid, your little cards are gorgeous and very inspirational.

    Have a wonderful day

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  3. Your 52 cards are beautiful and full of wisdom, fab words on them all. Great colours, suits the TH look:-) xxx

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  4. They are all seriously sensational, Astrid. I'm really enjoying your altered cards - love the style you used!
    You are so talented - thank you for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  5. They are all seriously sensational, Astrid. I'm really enjoying your altered cards - love the style you used!
    You are so talented - thank you for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  6. Love your little cards a lot, they are again real Astrid's, I love them and I saw at your little house , it was so cute and loverly but I think there is something wrong with te side, I wanted to see a second time and I couldn't find it anymore!!??

    Greetings
    Maria

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  7. Love these ones Astrid. Thanks so much for the tip about the Glue n Seal. Must try that. Jenny x

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  9. More amazing makes Astrid. Great idea to use the glue and seal

    Love Chrissie x

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  10. All so tactile Astrid, you really are a master of beautiful Vintage cards and tags.

    B x

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  11. The cards are truly exciting and inspirational, I just adore this style, you must show me how you do it in April. Calico won't open for me, but your sneak peek looks so inviting, I will try later on the main PC. Xx

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  12. Fantastic cards, love the vintage look, and the quotes, they are really inspirational! Valerie

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  13. More great cards. I think the consistency of colours and theme across the cards is what makes them work so well, each has it's own theme and focus though and your skill shines through. I love them and will definitely be signing up to do this soon. Thanks for your smashing inspiration. Elaine x

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  14. Another wonderful selection of decorated cards...now off to check out the Calico blog x

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  15. Sensational cards are this ALL Astrid.. I really love this very special beautiful vintage style you have achieved here on each single piece!
    AMAZING!
    for the other awesome project I can say:

    STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

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  16. a second wonderful set Astrid - love the difference make one particularly - it really sings to me xx

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  17. I feel like being in fairlyland, love your Project.
    And I have to admit I was "stealing" your ideas with the Cards, showing them later this week. Hope you can forgive me :)

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  18. WAUW Astrid, you´re just always such a huge inspiration to everyone around you, and these are again just absolutely stunning work, and the sayings on them are so amazing too. Just some food for the thoughts, that´s for sure. I love them all.

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  19. Your second set are just as beautiful as the first Astrid and that is a great tip about the glue n seal too. Love your sneak peek, off to have a closer look. Anne xx

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  20. Beautiful cards, Astrid! Love them all!

    Should start doing mine too ;)

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  21. Another wowzer set of cards ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  22. I adore your cards... they are amazing... I can't wait to have time for a play in trying these out...Fantastic inspiration... x x Off for a closer look at Calico Crafts...Hugs May x x x

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  23. An amazing set of card, always fo much details in your fantastic makes.
    Yvonne

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  24. Such a great post today as I need a tiny house to art in or at least to look at when too crowded in home and mind. Love your card deck and as usual, you have inspired me to get up and play!

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  25. More terrific cards!! And I just adore your altered beach house ... I wish I had a real one to create in too! Wonderfully inspiring work all round here my friend

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  26. Your cards are beautiful and I love the sentiments on each of them. They're very inspirational. This is such a great project. I'm off to check out your tease!

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  27. wow Astrid you have been ultra busy and all with beautiful results.
    Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. I love what you're doing with this idea. This set is completely gorgeous.

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  29. These 4 are equally as fab as the first! I look forward to each new set!

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  30. Stunning gorgeous cards! At this rate the whole 52 will be out of this world fabulous. Nicola x

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  31. I've just taken a look, the little house looks wonderful. Also your cards are fantastic.

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  32. Wow your cards are all gorgeous, amazing work. Your beach/craft house is gorgeous as well. So much beautiful detail. Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx ps.. I'm also lucky to have a dedicated craft room, but it's small and jammed full...I dream of a large sun filled studio.

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  33. Another amazing set of cards Astrid!! So much inspiration here and such lovely quotes. I am very tempted to try some of these for myself. Love them!! Now I'm off to have a look at Calico Crafts. The sneaky looks fabulous!! ox

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  34. These are gorgeous ...lve how you have interpreted them....pleased o say you have inspired me to play...I mean I had paid...ashamed to say last JUne and not played....how awful...but I have now four done and next four underway xx thanks for the continued inspiration...hugs trace x

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  35. wow wow wow !!!! outstanding pieces of arty treasure x

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  36. Dreamhouse is totally stunning Astrid! I can imagine such a craft space :)...I so love how you crated the roof...amazing! Cards are again fantastic! Best wishes from Slovenia

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  37. I am off to visit this grouping, but am sure they are gorgeous! Hugs!

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  38. Gorgeous Astrid; they are beautiful and so is the previous set. Sorry that I have not been around every time, but my painting takes up a lot of time. I use pictures of the dogs that people send me or I let inspire me by an image.
    Have a nice weekend!!
    xxx Marianne

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  39. Four more fantastic cards, Astrid. I love this grungy look - and am so impressed that you find time to play in amongst all the DT commitments!!
    Alison xx

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  40. I am so enamoured with the cards you are creating - the colours, the textures and the inclusion of words.
    Off to Calico Crafts to view your DT project.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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