Friday, 16 May 2014

All about Him for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, great to have you drop in here today as it is our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey.
The lovely Anne Redfern is the host this time and she chose "All about Him" as her theme.

Now to be honest, I never find men themes particularly easy, but with Fathers Day not all that far away, I decided to make an 8 x 8" lay out, dedicated to fathers everywhere in the world.

I started by choosing a piece of paper from Tim's new 8 x 8 Menagerie collection and then gathered some bits and pieces from amongst my ephemera (most of these coming from the various Tim Holtz ephemera collections), that I thought would fit together and match the colour scheme I had in mind:
The vocal image is from the "Found Relatives" pack, I also used the back of one of the Cabinet cards.
I cut the found relative with one of my Spellbinders card creator dies, and then sanded and inked the edges of both the image and the cabinet card, to make them look old and distressed.

Next I decided I wanted to tone down and alter my background paper a little with some gesso, ink and stamping, I also added some strips of Tissue Tape.:
Then came the fun of layering all the bits and pieces up until I was happy with the result:
Finally I mounted it onto a piece of mount board for strength. Below you can still see some close ups:
Careful layering of elements around the main photo. In the final LO some other bits and pieces were added still to my first collection of bits and pieces, others were discarded. Thats the fun with playing around with a collage like this.
Some chipboard letter tiles to spell the word Dad, al carefully sanded and scuffed up first and layered over some strips of torn book paper with gothic script.

A metal embellishment, rescued from another project, I'm afraid to say I have no idea where that one came from.
Well, that's it. Hope you like my Dad lay out. Make sure to check out the A Vintage Journey blog to see the amazing projects my team mates have created, and of course we all hope you'll pull out your collection of male supplies and play along. Make sure though to read the challenge rules carefully, this is a Tim Holtz inspired challenge and only those who follow our guidelines will qualify for the prize, a £10 voucher from Countryview Crafts.

Thank you for visiting today and have fun crafting!!


52 comments:

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
I am with you re masculine cards, I don't do them period!
This layout is exceptional and I cannot believe you have difficulty, just confirms to me that you can put your hand to any genre and make it work so well.
Smiles:)
Sue

Margaret Mifsud said...

This is awesome Astrid, no-one would ever think you have a problem with masculine designs. Beautiful composition and fabulous techniques. Absolutely love this layout. Stunning!! ox

Karen Garrard said...

What a beautiful layout Astrid, if I can use the word beautiful for something so masculine. I love the gentleman! The circular piece in the right hand bottom corner did you create that? Love it all! Karen.x

Rita said...

What a great creation Astrid. Love the layout and all the fabulous details. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh this is amazing Astrid! I just love the blending of the background papers merging into each other plus the back of that cabinet card sitting behind your man image. All in all the details are exquisite and you are one of very few, if any, that can create such an amazing project. It seems so completely natural to you.
Gorgeous work!
Sending some beautiful Autumnal hugs,
Suzy

brenda said...

So much interest in one piece Astrid and the clever placement of the scripted strip across the middle draws everything together along with the eye.

B x

Buttons said...

Such clever layering to create a superb collage Astrid. I love the way you've used the ephemera to such great effect. Jenny x

Maryann Laursen said...

Such a stunning male card here Astrid, I really love, what you´ve done here, soooo awesome work as always hun.

chrissies said...

Wonderful canvas for a man Astrid with male colours and images that stand out from the great background

Love Chrissie x

Sue C said...

Fabulous page Astrid, love the distressing and layering. Sue C x

rachel said...

fabulous layout Astrid - great use of Tims goodies - looks fab xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work Astrid, love how you have combined all the elements. Hugs, Valerie

nanou navarro said...

fabulous!

Chris Warner said...

Wow Astrid, this is fabulous! A great choice of elements brought together and layered so cleverly, it really is a work of art. Love it! Chris xxx

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

A men-theme is not easy. But you created a gorgeous Layout, Astrid.

Have a wonderful weekend

Redanne said...

I would never have guessed that you found male cards difficult Astrid because this is utterly fabulous! I love how you brought all the ephemera together to create such a wonderful male piece - it is truly fabulous! Hugs, Anne xx

Netty said...

Great design Astrid so much to look at. Congratulations on the birth of your latest grand-daughter. Annette x



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Almo said...

Brilliant collage Astrid, love the layout and great use of the ephemera. Mo x

Ros Crawford said...

Brilliant!! You capture the vintage feel of that photo perfectly in this page

Adriana B said...

fabulous page with wonderful vintage elements

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

An awesome vintage make Astrid!
Have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

Susie Bentz said...

Fabulous layering, Astrid. Such a warm, masculine project.

Terry said...

Wonderful tribute to Fathers around the world, Astrid! The background paper looks wonderful with a wash of gesso (something I need to remember to do) and the inking and stamping! Love how you combined all the ephemera layers! Beautiful collage! Happy Weekend and sending very warm hugs from CA!

Gitte said...

Wow beautiful card.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This is scrapbooking and assemblage in a gorgeous vintage shabby chick.. really amazing - significant work of ART Astrid!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic layout and a great tribute to Dads everywhere.
Yvonne

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

Very masculine card you made, dear Astrid! I agree with you - to make a card for a man is not so easy, especially the embelishing.
Oh, and congrats to your new Baby granddaughter <3
xxx Evelyn

Tone M. said...

Absolutely gorgeous, it's cool, nostalgic, it's wonderful. I absolutely love this. I think that, even if it's not your comfort zone, you still have your own style in there ;-) you can certainly do more of those.

Candy C said...

Astrid...I love everything you do so it's not wonder that I'm oohing and aahing yet again. :) This is such a very beautifully collaged piece. Every element just looks like it was made for the one you've combined it with! The vintage browns....love it! The emphemera...love it. The journaling tickets, the letter tiles, the Found Relative photo...LOVE IT ALL! <3 Candy

Dagmar said...

oh wow - it´s so fantastic layering - a great work! Hugs, Dagmar

toni said...

A feast for the eyes Astrid !!! Wonderful layering and use of the 'vintage ephemera ' mr Holtz will be very impressed by your gorgeous piece ! Xx

butterfly said...

What a fantastic layered collage - brilliant composition and use of the papers... love the texture from the tiny attachers, and the gesso and tape in the background. Fabulous!
Alison xx

Paper Profusion said...

This works fabulously Astrid. It's unusual to have the pale pinks coming through and yet it is wonderfully masculine. Your layout and the way you have built up the elements is brilliant. Nicola x

Juliz Design Post said...

Gorgeous collage Astrid, love the layers and vintage feel all works beautifully.
Julie x

S@ndy Diller said...

Astrid, your work is always amazing and this is no exception!
Great layout and wonderful colors.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is fantastic Astrid, a really gorgeous layout.

Ruth said...

Another stunning creation, the gesso on the background just frames all the other elements and makes it so gorgeously vintage. Yummy!

Dorthe said...

LOVE all your paper layers dear Astrid,-wow it looks great, and the metal piece is a wonderful add, too.
The gessoed background is fantastic to show off all the little tags ans pieces,-such a gorgeous creation.
Hugs,Dorthe

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a breathtaking creation, wonderful details and elements. So much to see.

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful Dad page Astrid! I could look at this all day and still find new things I missed - love the collection of 'things' you layered on this!

Martina2801 said...

Again a very extraordinary and wonderful creation! Beautifully designed, Astrid!

Have a wonderful weekend :-)
Hugs MARTINA

barbarayaya62 said...

Astrid I'm in delay, steadily ! But i see your wonderful works also on Fb! Wonderful, wonderful ,as always! Rich of details, you are so good at use a neutral palette in a very amazing way! BArbarayaya

Rebecca AKA Bexta76 said...

Stunning Astrid, a really beautiful project. You have done a fabulous crafting job here.

Annie said...

Hi Astrid x This is a fantastic card with such beautiful layers. I adore it

TFS and Crafty Hugs my friend

Annie xx

May said...

Fabulous male creation Astrid, Love the wonderful layers & elements.. Beautiful... Hugs May x x

Nikki Acton said...

Stunning layout Astrid. You are so skilled at bringing everything together - fantastic use of Tim's papers, ephemera etc. Nikki xx

Heather Jacob said...

perfection. love this x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful aged appearance to all the elements, creating a stunning card.
My Dad would love this card as he will happily sit and study backgrounds and various elements, wondering how they have been achieved.
Glorious!
Astrid, sorry you are having issues when trying to comment on my Blog. It appears to we are all tested at times when it comes to commenting, one of the downfalls of blogging, isn't it. Have a great week Astrid.
Wishes
Lynne

Bärbel said...

Das ist eine Garte ganz nach meinem Gusto, bewunderungswürdig und großartig gelungen, liebe Astrid!

Barb Cady said...

What a fabulous layout and a wonderful collage on a brilliant background I love it all!

Dianne said...

Hello Dear Miss Astrid, this is absolutely a beautiful, perfect mescaline creation, love what you did with the paper, all the embellishments all edged,aged, love all that brown,looooove the layers, fabulous creation, thanks for sharing...

Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful card, masculine but done in such a soft layered way
Lovely vintage details and colours, very inspirational

Jools x

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