Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Shabby ATB

Hello everyone, welcome to friends, followers and visitors alike! Lovely to have you drop past here today!
After playing with my ATB die a while back, I wanted to have another play and this time I created one of these Artist Trading Blocks in a more shabby chic style:

I cut the largest of the three blocks out of white mount board and added some texture with the help of Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste and a stencil. I also added some inking through the Tim Holtz Lace Layering Stencil I then did some background stamping with an Artistic Outpost text stamp..
Here you can see the stenciling a bit better. I also stamped the egg from The Tim Holtz Nature walk set on two of the sides. I inked the stamp with a Faber Castell Large Brush pen and the texture on the egg appeared all by it self!
Have to say, I really like how it turned out, all speckled, without even using the second spotty stamp. No idea why it happened like that, it just did lol, lucky accident?
This time I left the lid of the box open and lined the inside with some pretty papers from the Tim Holtz French Industrial paper collection. I adhered a heart (this comes with this particular die set). I had painted the heart with burnt umber acrylic paint and when dry put Picket Fence crackle paint over it. When that was dry and the cracks appeared, I sanded the edges a bit, to shabby the heart up a bit more still.
I glued a pearl brad to the center.
For the top of the box I created a flower cluster and added some greenery from the Tim Holtz strip die.
Here you can see the box from the back with some of the greenery trailing over:
Well, that's pretty much it. Hope you like the shabby  ATB version.
I stuck to a limited colour palette this time: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce for the greenery.
These ATBs work as home decor or as gift boxes, and I have to say, I absolutely love putting them together!

Hope you are finding some time to be inky and creative! Here's hoping for some more sunshine!!


42 comments:

scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid,
The Palette is gorgeous; very Vintage, every one appears to be making boxes at the moment!
I love yours.
Smiles:)
Sue

Nicole Wright said...

This is a stunning ATB project. Beautiful paper and layers. Sigh...I would have so much fun with this die if I could get my crafty hands on one. Love what you've done.

barbarayaya62 said...

Amazing project! The ATBs are beautiful and I'd try to make one! Yours is gorgeous, really chic! BArbarayaya

Margaret Mifsud said...

Gorgeous ATB Astrid!! Love the shabby look ... stunning!!! The more I see these ATBs the more I want to make one. On my to-do list for sure. I'd like to thank you Astrid for giving me Jenny's details ... I love her art almost as much as yours!! I love the way she uses mixed media on her cards, it's exactly what I was looking to do. Now there is somewhere I can go to see how it's done. Thank you so much!!!!! Looooveee your little block!! ox

Buttons said...

Utterly gorgeous Astrid. It looks like you've crafted this from fine damask and embellished it with bounty from your garden. I love this to bits (can you tell?!) Jenny x

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful creation Astrid, love everything about it, just marvelous! Hugs, Valerie

Redanne said...

This ATB is just stunning Astrid, I love the soft muted tones, the greenery, the flowers, the stenciling - everything! I am so thrilled that Eileen created these blocks, they are amazing to work with.. and yours are always a delight to behold!! Hugs, Anne xx

chrissies said...

Stunning with a wonderful style to it.

Love Chrissie x

Susanna said...

So beautifull again! I love your vintage style in these artworks. Have a nice day!

Brenda Brown said...

Beautifully shabby with a gorgeous neutral palette, this is utterly delightful Astrid xx

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolutely gorgeous as always Astrid. I too love small boxes and you made this soooo beautiful. I love the colors and the texture on it and everything fits soo perfectly well together.

rachel said...

beautiful ATB Astrid - really gorgeous shabby look - I adore the heart and the pearl brad - beautiful xx

Lin said...

What a beautiful ATB!! gorgeous soft colours, I love the flowers on the top and the way they fall over the sides..

Marianne said...

Lovely box. Great little embellishments and gorgeous soft colours.
xxx Marianne

georgina said...

Love it Astrids...it's fabulous x

georgina said...

Can you please help me find where to buy in the uk the die to make these atb's,I can't find one, many thanks.. Georginax

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, these little boxes,you create , are so divine, and so filled with magical beauty, like your speckled egg, and the crackled heart. The lid is gorgeous with your bouquet of flowers and green foliage.
Hugs ,Dorthe,x

Claudine Criner said...

Beautiful ATB, i love all the elements shown. That Egg is awesome too. I also love that you decorated the inside. Really nice!!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh WOW ..what an amazing project !
Utterly gorgeous Astrid !
xxx
Susi

Jennie Atkinson said...

Just gorgeous - I am just loving all these ATBs. And the inside too! You, Jenny and Anne have sold me the die! Now to try and get one !

Silvia(Barnie) said...

An amazing box, the flowers on the top are wonderful.

May said...

Gorgeous work Astrid... I love the soft colour palatte, the stamping & texture is So Beautiful... Love it... Hugs May x x

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

This is gorgeous, Astrid

Anita Houston said...

Lovely Astrid! Love the images and the inside!!!

Maryanne said...

I love your ATB, Astrid. All of them have been beautiful. I have to try making ATBs soon!

Marisa Job said...

This is a stunning ATB project!! Great details and colors! Hugs!

Stamps and Paper said...

A fabulous creation Astrid great colours and love all your detail

Anne

Anonymous said...

Astrid, that is a gorgeous ATB. I love every detail, but the egg especially, it looks amazing. I thought at first it was an actual 3-d embellishment.

Meggymay said...

Beautiful neutral shades and decoration, its a gorgeous ATB.
Yvonne

massofhair said...

Am in love with ATB & Chunky ATC's as the substrates can take more product, no warping etc.

Stunningly beautiful Vintage style Astrid, you excel at this genre and i always learn from your blog:-) xxx

Paper Profusion said...

So beautiful Astrid with your signature shabby chic. Gorgeous work. Nicola x

Anke said...

Wonderful Astrid, your box is so lovely. Great project.

Hugs
Anke

Anneke said...

hello Astrid.
we have lost eachother the last years, but i saw your comment on an other blog and thought i will take a look again and how gorgeous is this box.
i love vintage and i am a member at WLVC.
maybe you like to join our challenges, because we have each month beautiful prises to win.
hugs to you.
Anneke

Chris Warner said...

Love the faint, bleached out look Astrid, gloriously shabby! Chris xxx

Netty said...

smashing shabby chic box Astrid, Annette x

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

Terry said...

Shabby Chic perfection, Astrid. Love the crackled heart, luscious floral top and neutral color palette. Beautiful ATB piece!

BLockHEad said...

Love it! The ATB die is on my shopping list :)

Jools Robertson said...

So beautiful, love the elegant colours my kind of distressed
The egg is amazing it looks so 3D, I have just got these and need to have a play can't wait to get the box die
can only hope to make something as beautiful

Jools x

butterfly said...

It's lovely - the delicate colour palette, that beautiful ivy - altogether wonderful!
Alison xx

XxJULESxX said...

Just stunning!

Ros Crawford said...

Wonderful work ... that egg is so cool!

Dianne said...

Oh Miss Astrid, this is simple vintages gorgeousness, stunning inside and out the egg looks 3D amazing how you did that,love the beautiful soft colors.. I have one I'm making it is waiting for me at my desk, thanks for all the inspiration...

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