Thursday, 8 May 2014

Words, Words, Words

Hello everyone, welcome to you all and specially also new followers, it's is wonderful to have you along for the journey here!

I am very excited and honoured to share a project with you that I was asked to create for a guest design spot over at the Frilly and Funky blog, where the challenge right now is Words, Words Words.
To find all the details of the challenge and the theme, all you need to do is click HERE

I decided to make an accordion card using the Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet card. I started by cutting three of the bigger ones from grey board to form the back drop for my card. I then cut three further ones out of Tim Holtz Kraft resist paper, but then decided to make the central one into a frame with a bit of the Tim Holtz Trellis Frameworks die cut pieces in between the background and the top layer.
I cut another cabinet card from manila card, created a background using the Spritz and Flick technique in Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks. I then altered the trellis with the help of Wow Verdigris embossing powder and Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder and glued it between my background piece and the frame of Kraft resist that had been inked with Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains first.

Next I stamped one of the birds from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather set onto smooth stamping paper, fussy cut it and then coloured it with Distress Markers and Watercolour pencils.

The other two background panels were coloured in the same way with Distress Stains. I then cut two further small cards from manila card stock and inked them with spritz and flick and some stenciling using the same colours of ink as on the central panel.
For the  panel on the left, I stamped the nest from the same set in Coffee Archival, masked it, then used some background stamps and coloured as described. I also wanted to add some spritzing with the new Tim Holtz tool, but instead of making the thin splatters it was meant to do, it made some big blobs. I nearly scrapped it but then decided to embrace imperfection and just live with it.

For the panel on the right I chose the lovely vintage girls from the same Birds of a Feather set, also stamped directly onto the panel, masked and then created my background using the same colours and techniques.

The last step was to adhere the three panels together with strips of card and to embellish with some die cuts, flowers and a butterfly to cover up the worst of the blobs.
The hardest part really was to choose the one word for my creation. In the end I decided on the word soar, one of my "words of power" for 2014. It was simply cut from one of the little Tim Holtz adage tickets.

Well there you have it. The whole piece became rather darker  than I had intended, but sometimes we just have to live with what comes out of our hands I guess and perhaps soar above it.

Thanks you so much for visiting and please do check out what the amazing Frilly and Funky design team have created over on their blog

44 comments:

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Oooh, Astrid, this is so lovely and gorgeous. Love every detail

Buttons said...

Love how this developed as you went along Astrid. That kraft resist is now on the ever growing list (thanks!) as it has provided the perfect frame for your mottled panels. I rather like the splodges too as they stand out more and add to the drama of the whole piece. Thank you so much for sharing. Jenny x

Almo said...

This is lovely Astrid, I really like the verdigris trellis, the colour blends so well with your background and colouring of the bird. I too find the spritzer tool a little hit and miss, I also find I get very diffferent results depending which pens I use with it. Your triptich still looks amazing. Mo x

Stamps and Paper said...

Absolutely fabulous Astrid....love the accordion card and your amazing attention to detail...fabulous images and colours

Anne

Zuzu's Blog said...

what a lovely piece.... very grungy and vintage.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What an amazing Triptych Astrid! Simply GORGEOUS!

Rita said...

How fabulous Astrid. I really am inspired by all the beautiful things you create. The colours on this one are so lovely and the bird and the stamped image of the two girls suit your piece so well. Have a lovely day. Hugs Rita xxx

Chris Warner said...

Love this triptych Astrid, fabulous imagery and the colour palette is gorgeous. Chris xxx

scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid,
What a wonderful triptych, I especially love the texture you have obtained on your trellis, how good that looks, I do not think it is too dark, your pop of Yellow adds a glint to the eye, all in all it is a fabulous creation.
Smiles:)
Sue

Ros Crawford said...

Congrats on your GD spot!! What a wonderful piece of art this is ... so much to take in ...

Izzwizz said...

Astrid, this is so beautiful and I love the splodges!! Maddy x

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! I had to come see all the beautiful details!

pearshapedcrafting said...

So many details to take in - it's simply gorgeous! Chrisx

Gitte said...

Beautiful creation.

die amelie said...

It's beautiful, Astrid,

and I don't think it is too dark. On the contrary: I love the contrast of the light elements. The dark "background" highlights them even more! Love this!

Claudia x

Brenda Brown said...

This is a really beautiful make Astrid, such a wonderful design and fabulous images, I love everything about it xx

Joanna said...

Beautiful project Astrid. Love all details.
Joanna

Maryanne said...

What a fabulous project, Astrid! I love that you made the middle section into a frame by using the trellis die cut to pop it up. And, I love the verdigris finish on the die cut! Your backgrounds are fantastic, as usual!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful design, your details are amazing, they are lucky to have you as a Guest designer. Enjoy your day, Shirleyx

Nikki Acton said...

Beautiful - I always find your compositions and choice of colours so wonderful and effective. Nikki xx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Astrid, this is wonderful!I don't think it's too dark at all. I love what you did with the trellis die and your colours are reminiscent of the delicate hues of birds' eggs and springtime: just perfect! I am in awe of your imagination and skill! Julie Ann xxx

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, you surely don`t have to soar over the darker aperance of this amazing piece, the dark tones makes your accordion a little mystique and that is alwayes a great feeling , I think. So beautiful with the golden look of your backgrounds and the lovely images you used.
A gorgeous triptych!!!
Hugs ,Dorthe

Redanne said...

I just love everything you make and this is no exception Astrid. The colour tones are beautiful, I love the Kraft resist and the stamped images are wonderful. Love this. Anne xx

Kelly_Deal said...

Lovely accordian card! Love all of the little touches!

May said...

Gorgeous work Astrid, I adore the images & great design... so beautiful... Hugs May x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow Astrid that's an amazing project, love how you've used these vintage cabinet cards.

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous Astrid and one of my all time favourite dies.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Meggymay said...

An awesome project as always I love looking at all the fantastic details and textures.
Yvonne

butterfly said...

It's so beautiful, Astrid. I'm joining the Kraft Resist waiting list too... Gorgeous texture and colours on the Frameworks in the centre - so, so cool - and beautiful stamping and inking as always. Glorious! Congratulations on a fantastic GD spot for F&F!
Alison xx

rachel said...

this is gorgeous Astrid - wonderful piece - love this die xx

Ruth said...

Absolutely beautiful Astrid, glad you embraced imperfection and I love the verdigris trellis, gorgeous triptych.

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful work Astrid!! I need to get this Tim Holtz die. Hugs!

Heather Jacob said...

perfect colors, perfect design, perfect details .... indeed this is perfect ... love it Astrid x

Tincan Crafter said...

This is too lovely -

Anonymous said...

Morning Astrid, that is so beautiful. I love the background panels & the focal images are gorgeous.

toni said...

Gorgeous work Astrid! , full of Holtzian goodness! I love the way you've treated the trellis and the little bird is really sweet. Thankyou for letting me know about my link, I've sorted it out now , have a lovely weekend toni x

Fandhmum said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Astrid
Rosie x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A very impressive creation Astrid!

Have a nice weekend, Alie

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh Wow!!! Another simply stunning project Astrid!! Love the rich earthy colours and all the stamping and embossing goodness!! Gorgeous design and simply magical art!! Love, love, love!! ox

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid this looks 3 times fun and 3 times amazing, , great ART , I really love those beautiful details a lot!!

Greetings
Maria

Terry said...

This is one of my most favorite AO sets and I love your cabinet triptych design. If you did not share this on AO's FB page, you should! Beautiful! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot.
This is so beautiful. I am particularly drawn to the way you coloured that bird.
Such a lovely combination of stamps and using the cabinet die makes it extra special.
Apologies for not having managed to visit you as often as I would like.
Wishes
Lynne

Jools Robertson said...

These are fabulous, love the frames and the colours are wonderful
Each one is beautiful, so much detail love them all

Jools x

Paper Profusion said...

Stunning piece Astrid. Congrats on your guest spot. Nicola x

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