Sunday, 7 September 2014

Playing with backgrounds

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping in.

Today I am sharing a bit of an experiment with you. I found this video by Sheena Douglas on youtube, and I loved the technique so much, I just had to give it a try, here is the result:
The background technique is a combination of Alcohol based pens (I used ancient Spectrum Noirs, but I am sure it would work with other Alcohol pens such as Promarkers or Copics too) and Archival Ink. The combination of the alcohol on a smooth surface like acetate, metal or glass and the Archival ink, gives the bleach look effect you can see here.

By sheer fluke Richele Christensen shared a technique based on the same chemistry on the Vintage Journey blog a week ago. This one is very feminine, hers was on metal with alcohol inks, I will definitely give that one a try too.

I am not going to do a full step by step but just talk you through a few details:
I used one of the Tim Holtz classics stamps onto the blue and purple coloured acetate, I just love the effect!

Heartfelt Creations Adriana Blooms collection flower and leaves. The lace is a die by Cheery Lynn.

Butterfly and label are both Spellbinder dies, though the label and stamp is by Just Rite, but made by Spellbinders.

Well, something a little different, but great fun to do, make sure to check out the techniques, they rock!
Have a great week ahead!

46 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks great, love the colours. Valerie

Ruth said...

How stunning is that imperial purple background. Acetate gives it another dimension, perfect backdrop to the GORGEOUS butterfly and flowers.....just stunning Astrid. Ruth x

Netty said...

Smashing background of colours. Annette x

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

chrissies said...

Wonderful techniques on this that create such a richness to the piece.

Love Chrissie x

brenda said...

Interesting technique Asrid and what a wonderfully vivid background it created. Blue is not a colour I tend to use often but really like it here.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

B x

Redanne said...

Feminine and very beautiful Astrid, it is a wonderful technique. Anne x

Karin said...

Beautiful! Great technique and I love the rich color!
Groetjes Karin

Rita said...

What a pretty card Astrid. Love the colours. Hugs Rita xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

It looks amazing Astrid. Soooooo beautiful as everything you do, and the colors are so beautiful as well. You´ve just done it again hun, so keep it comming, we´re soaking it in every time.
Have a wonderful sunday and loads of more fun too.

Dianne said...

Oh my this is spectacular, I love Sheena Douglas working on acetate is one of my favorite things I loooooove the colors you used, I didn't know it would work with my copics, I don't have any alcohol ink so I'll have to give it a go, thanks for always inspiring me, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

Maryanne said...

Thanks for the info on Sheena Douglas and this technique. I love what you did with it, the colors are so rich and intense.

Gitte said...

Beautiful card in lovely colors.

Juliz Design Post said...

Such a regal style and beauty to this card.
Julie x

BLockHEad said...

That looks fabulous!

Joan said...

Wow, looks fabulous, love the purple

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
I popped over and watched the video, and I think I will give this a go at some stage also as the effect is very impressive, I would think you would have a different look every time.
Your card is gorgeous...love the palette.
Smiles:)
Sue

Deborah said...

Your experimentation has really paid off, Astrid - this a luscious card.

Deborah said...

Your experimentation has really paid off, Astrid - this a luscious card.

May said...

Gorgeous card Astrid, Love the effect & beautiful colours... will pop over and have a look at the video... Hugs May x x

Corrie Herriman said...

That purple is amazing. Beautiful card, Astrid !
Corrie x

Meggymay said...

Stunning colours an the background. Its a beautiful card.
Yvonne

Sandy Dehon said...

Your background is so very pretty! I am going to have to learn how to play!
Sandy xx

Bonnie McLain said...

Love the experiment and love all the effects you got... a great way to learn... but this doesn't look like you were learning... it is perfect... although all your CREATIONS are... love the deep rich color of this too... yummie.

Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

barbarayaya62 said...

FAbulous background and unusual palette, it's wonderful! You are a great artist!!!! barbarayaya

Marisa Job said...

Another gorgeous creation!!! Great design and texture!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Looooove that rich purple background Astrid ... absolutely stunning!! Must take a look at the technique because this is simply awesome!!! Beautifully done, but then everything you make is beautiful!! ox

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous effects Astrid and I live the new colour palette.
Hugs Brenda xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wow.. Amazing Astrid! Beautiful is this card!

JackieP Neal said...

Astrid! Amazing colors and I love the effect that you achieved here! I watched the video- thank you for sharing- I do not have those markers, but thought I would give it a go with others!! xoxo

Ros Crawford said...

Beautifully done Astrid!

Dorthe said...

This is amazing Astrid ! I watchged the youtupe, and love the tecnique you used here..looking just fanatstic, with that BEAUTIFUL butterfly .
Thank you for the link dear !
Hugs,Dorthe

massofhair said...

WONDERFUL colours, rich, vibrant and luscious indeed! Wonderful technique and a fantastic card, just want to reach in and touch the embellishments :-) xxx

Anita Houston said...

Beautiful background! Love the dark tones and script!

Paper Profusion said...

Love the ghostly ethereal effect of this technique. Beautiful card. Nicola x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful piece, love the color scheme and all the details. Great texture, too.

Almo said...

What a great technique, I love the rich blues and purples and the tickle of gold on the butterfly. A lovely card Astrid
Mo x

butterfly said...

Loving the intensity of the colours, and the delicate gilding to make the butterfly's wings pop... beautiful!
Alison xx

Terry said...

Beautiful background effect, Astrid and I will watch the video! Gorgeous feminine card and love that butterfly with the golden highlights! Hugs!

Heather Jacob said...

such brilliance here Astrid. loving the texture and colors .... wonderful with a capital W x

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Fantastic colors on your beautiful card!
Thank you for commenting in my blog after the Marjie-feature!

Buttons said...

It is a fun technique that feels like alchemy when you do it and you've used it beautifully here Astrid. Love the stamping used and that bold purple colour. Jenny x

Karen B said...

Hello Astrid - just popped over from Pam's blog (http://pam-simcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/crossover-birthday-card.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+Pamscrafts+(pamscrafts) where she tagged you for the paper she's used. Your tags and papers are absolutely gorgeous. I've just followed by email.

Karen x

pam said...

hi Astrid, thank you so much for leaving me a lovely comment, been a email follower a long time, am now your latest follower..
Thank you for being so generous with your paper design, they are beautiful.
Love this amazing card and the technique you have used..
pam x

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a gorgeous colour and a gorgeous card, Astrid!

Lucy x

S@ndy Diller said...

Simply beautiful as is everything you do!!

Mrs.B said...

Stunning card. Technique looks fabulous.
Avril x

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