Friday, 7 November 2014

Texture play fun

Hi all and thanks for dropping in here.
This year I am really enjoying making different kinds of Christmas cards, for the little set I am showing today I used gesso, texture paste and some beer mats.

I started with 3 plain beer mats, I covered them in Gesso, added texture past through a Prima 6 x 6 folder in different corners and then coloured them with various colours of acrylic paints. For some reason I am all into blue tones for my Christmas card at the moment.
I also added some stamping with white acrylic paint here and there and little patches of embossing powder for further texture.

Each of the cards was then finished in a slightly different way:
The vocal image on this one is a cut out snowflake created with the help of a Sheena Douglas embossing folder. The text is from the Tim Holtz Christmas Nostalgia set.
This one uses the little Tim Holtz deer. The filigree looking bit in the corner is actually a Cheery Lynne lace corner die, treated with embossing powder (Ranger Antiquities, a mix of Rust and Verdigris) and then I added some little bells just for fun.
This one is very similar to number 1 but using a different shaped snowflake.
I really enjoyed making these, they are a great size and will be easy to send, so expect to see more.....
Thanks for visiting like always and hope you are having some creative time for yourself too. Have a good weekend!!

50 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful little cards! Valerie

Heather Jacob said...

texture heaven , brilliant colors Astrid, my friend x

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid , great structure, and amazing cards!!!Love them very much!!!

Greetings
Maria

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous, Astrid. Thank you for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend

Suzi B said...

Fabulous as usual:-)
Suzi B xx

chrissies said...

A brilliant idea to use the beer mats Astrid and you have made them look very special with all the texture and colours.

Love Chrissie x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Absolute beautiful and unique christmas cards dear Astrid.. I hope your muse with x-mas card making continues - so that I can enjoy much more of this awesome pieces the next weeks!
Happy Friday Astrid!
xxx Susi

Maryann Laursen said...

Your cards here are amazing Astrid, and I´m sooo glad, you love the blue tones, as I do too ha ha ha. These are really outstanding and sooo beautiful.
I love the sentimentstamp, you´ve used on these too, it looks so elegant and is very very beautiful.

Deborah said...

Great idea to use beer mats for the cards - and they look stunning. They'll be kept on the mantlepiece long after Christmas.

Susie Bentz said...

These are so different and absolutely beautiful! As usual - I love them! :)

Carol said...

These look fabulous Astrid, great use of the beer mats. Carol x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid! Your backgrounds are just so amazing, you really inspire me to try new things! Happy weekend! hugs :)

Maryanne said...

I love your cards, Astrid! I love how you used just a touch of embossing powder here and there and the idea of using beer mats is great!

Ellen said...

Hello Astrid,it is breathtakingly beautiful again. Great idea, the coasters. Thank you for the inspiration.

Hugs and have a nice weekend,
Ellen

Joan said...

Wonderful! Great use of beer mats and what fabulous textures, love those snowflakes, think I need to look for that. folder, like I need more Christmas stash LOL!

Joan

Ros Crawford said...

They are lovely! Wonderful texture!

Nicole Wright said...

These are great! Coasters are the perfect crafty base.

Marisa Job said...

These cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the shades of blues!! Hugs!

Ann Marie Governale said...

fabulous idea and beautifully done.. they are just gorgeous! xxx Ann Marie

Anneke said...

This is the real Astrid. They are adorable. Very inspiring Anneke.

Dorthe said...

Great to use the beer mats ,and gorgeous blue christmas cards,- Back in time I had some christmasses where all was blue, also all the ornaments for my tree -lol my daughter did not like it !!
Astrid, they are all beautiful !

Hugs, Dorthe

JackieP Neal said...

You are incredible my dear!! These are just gorgeous!!!
Astrid, if you had to pick only 3 dies that you could have, which 3 would you pick?
Happy Friday my dear friend! xoxox

massofhair said...

Am a huge fan of snowflakes, love that you have used beer mats as your substrate and the wonderful finish on all of them. Beautiful cards Astrid :-) xxx

Dee Adams said...

These cards are lovely Dee x

Meggymay said...

A fabulous set of card. I must make a start to mine.
Yvonne

Redanne said...

I think you have found the perfect use for beer mats Astrid! They look so beautiful on your cards and I am loving the blue, it is my favourite Christmas colour. Hugs, Anne xx

Terry said...

Love how you worked those beer mats. Three gorgeous Christmas cards with great texture. Love these. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Nancy Dynes said...

Astrid,
This is such a sweet trio of textured cards!! The color palettes are breathtaking and each one is embellished to perfection! Gorgeous!!
Hugs,
Nancy

May said...

Gorgeous cards Astrid...Love the designs & wonderful texture...Hugs May x x

Anonymous said...

A beautiful collection rich in texture and I like the colours you have been playing with.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Beautiful! As always, your textured backgrounds are second to none! Love the color palette you used too.

Hugs,
Linda

Angela Radford said...

Great idea Astrid, lovely detail and texture. You can always be trusted to come up with something different.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Astrid, I love these textured little beauties. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Weekend, Shirleyx

Corrie Herriman said...

Gorgeous, elegant X-mas cards !
Corrie x

rachel said...

I love these Astrid - what a beautiful set. Stunning colours xx

Sophie said...

Wow! Astrid...
Wunderschöne Werke.
Und wie du die Strukturen anbringst, das ist unglaublich.
Ich kann nur noch staunen, mir bleibt der Mund offen.

Herzlichst Sophie xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous set Astrid, those blues are stunning and what a great way to use beer mats !!!! x

Juliz Design Post said...

Beautiful cards and I love how you used beer mats as the base. The textures and inking are just exquisite, looking forward to seeing more of your cards in this style.
Julie x

toni said...

Wonderful cards Astrid! So textural and with beautiful colours x

Mrs.B said...

A great set of Christmas cards, love the texture and colours.
Avril x

judith@poppy cottage said...

These are lovely Astrid, love the blue/purple tones. The texture is just fabulous. Judith xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

These are lovely Astrid, love the blue/purple tones. The texture is just fabulous. Judith xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

These are lovely Astrid, love the blue/purple tones. The texture is just fabulous. Judith xx

Paper Profusion said...

Superb cards Astrid - anyone would be thrilled to receive and hold one of these beauties. Nicola x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love, love, love!!! Gorgeous cards Astrid! Fabulous colour and textures and what a fantastic way to use up old beer mats!! Christmas magic!!! oxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great textures on these impressive cards, Astrid. Lovely!
greetings, Alie :-)

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous color and texture with the stenciling! Beautiful makes!

Dianne said...

Hey Miss Astrid, I have been dyeing to fly over here to tell you how CRAZY I am about these cards, you know I LOVE beer mats, thanks a million I'll be making Christmas cards with them, of course yours are drop dead gorgeous, beautiful texture. and the backgrounds are stunning and perfect for the post, thanks for sharing...

Sandy said...

Beautiful colors and texture!
Sandy xx

Joanna said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Astrid.
Joanna

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