Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mixed Media thank you card

Hello and thanks for coming by here. Sorry about the boring post title, but I could not think of anything more interesting...
I needed a card to say a special thanks to someone, so I pulled out some of my new Indigo Blue stamps (thank you Jenny of inspiring me to get these!!) I also used  the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die and had a play.

I started with a piece of water colour paper, a variety of mica and Distress Stain Sprays and created a background using the cling film technique.
For those who don't know the technique, it's dead easy. Create a wet background, using whatever medium you like, water colours, Aquatints or sprays. Let them mix and puddle and then cover your piece with some cling film that you crease to create textures and patterns. Put on the radiator to dry (or leave overnight) and you get the most wonderful effects. To be honest, I actually ruined the background above by adding further layers and splats afterward, because I wanted a dark background behind my leaf, but as I was going to cover it anyway, I did not mind too much. Below is a close up still where you can see a bit more of the effect:
I cut and embossed the leaf from another piece treated in the same way.
I added some copper mica splats and crackle stamping to it too.
Before adhering the leaf to my substrate I added some background stamps to the piece, using these new Indigo Blue stamps. They are designed by Limor Webber and are just perfect for journaling and mixed media.
All I then did to finish the card was to add a flower cluster and some text taken from the new Tim Holtz  small talk stickers, mounted on some black card.
Some shadow, created with a Stabilo All pencil finished it all off.
Well, that was about it.. Hope the recipient likes it, - it turned out a bit gloomy in colour, but then it was such a cold and dark day when I made it, that I think I was affected by that.

Thank you for visiting like always. Not long until March now, and hopefully here in the Northern Hemisphere some warmer days will soon be on their way.

37 comments:

  1. Fantastic, Astrid!! I am sure the recipient will love it. The textures, crackle, colors, shapes, patterns.....all come together so beautifully! Your composition, as always, is wonderful as well. I continue to learn so much from you! I wholeheartedly share your wish for warmer weather soon, as hinted by your lovely flowers! xx Lynn

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  2. Astrid it is not dull or dark! It is stunningly beautiful and you've used such gorgeous rich colours and created such wonderful texture too - your friend is very lucky to receive this beautiful card Karen x

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  3. Hello Astrid,
    This turned out a perfect Bg for the stunning leaf, The Tag is gorgeous.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  4. Good Morning Astrid. Beautiful card and the leaf looks so stunning too. I will be giving this technique a try that's for sure. At least the daylight hours are lengthening and that makes such a difference. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Oh my!! I don't think this is gloomy at all Astrid, I think it is absolutely stunning and the recipient will totally adore it!! That leaf looks amazing and I love the touches of gold! ox

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  6. Great card , I love it, beautiful background, thanks for telling us how to make it, it looks very pretty, I really think that person who will receive it will be very happy with your stunning card!!!

    Greetings
    MAria

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  7. So excited to see you putting those new IndigoBlu stamps through their paces here to such great effect Astrid! I KNEW you'd be able to use them in beautiful ways and hey presto, you've worked your magic again. That background is beautiful and the leaf so realistic. Jenny x

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  8. Your card is wonderful, Astrid! Love the cling film effect. I've seen Limor's new stamp, they look fun. Xx

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  9. Wonderful textured and other elements to make this a special thank you card-your posts are never boring

    Love Chrissie x

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  10. Lovely in total Astrid, the green leaf looks stunning, surrounded by gold!
    Have a nice day, Alie :-)

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  11. Beautiful!! I love the little quote ...

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  12. Gorgeous Astrid! I just love what you have done with that leaf die! I haven't picked one of those up yet because I figured autumn is over so I wouldn't use it, but you have inspired me once again!! Love the metallic shimmer and your beautiful flower with flourishes! Stunning! hugs :)

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  13. Wow gorgeous, that leaf is stunning. I hope you are doing well, your artwork is always inspiring... Shirleyxx

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  14. Astrid, thank you for telling of that tecnique with the cling film, it look gorgeous, and I have to try it out--had never seen or heard of it. The tag with the amazing leafe and sweet flowers is so beautiful, sure the gift will be appreciated !!
    Dorthe xo

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  15. AMAZING Tag Astrid, the cling film technique didn't work for me must try it again very soon. Am positive the recipient of your Tag will be so happy when they receive it. I don't think it's too dark i love the colours very much! :-) xxx

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  16. You did make me smile Astrid, Jenny 'enabled' me too but I have not inked mine up yet. I love how you used them on your very beautiful card! I don't think it is too dark either. Hugs, Anne xx

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  17. What a beautiful card!!! And your background is really amazing ! TFS
    Best regards Berdien

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  18. WAUW this is sooooooooo gorgeous Astrid. Really really beautiful. I absolutely LOVE the colors and the leaf is just completely amazing. Everything on this tag is soooooo stunning and well made to the smallest detail. It´s simply outstanding work.

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  19. Astrid,
    Your card is amazing and gorgeous - and I'm sure the recipient will love it! I love the mix of colors and the blue florals really set it off perfectly. Thanks for sharing the cling tip - I had heard of it, but had not seen it used - it looks wonderful. I'll be giving that a try. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art.

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  20. Amazing what you have done with that leaf! Astrid, the background is gorgeous and sets off the beauty of the falling leaf! Love the colors and touches of gold! Hugs!

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  21. A beautiful card, through all the layers of interesting colours and additions. Your friend will love it.
    Yvonne xx

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  22. Astrid, You title did not matter as your gorgeous card more than made up for it- with all of it's beauty!! xo

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  23. Beautiful Astrid, I don't think it is gloomy at all! Gorgeous colours and textures, I'm sure the recipient will love it.

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  24. wonderful make Astrid I adore all the texture - fabulous - love it xx

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  25. Your card is gorgeous but I do believe that your leaf is the star attraction!
    Sandy xx

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  26. What a beautiful Thank You card! The leaf is stunning!! Have a great weekend!

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  27. This is AMAZING... love how you create all your unique textures... fantastic!

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  28. Hello Astrid ... me, catching up, a.g.a.i.n.!
    (the health thing is still causing problems. Docs have no idea what's causing this, but they're trying their hardest to get on top of the da*n thing).

    I ADORE this beautiful work of heart. Everything you do always looks as if you've poured every ounce of your fabulous talent into the making of it, and I think this is why I love everything you make. Each piece is a piece of you, yourself. I could pick out a bit of your fabulous art from a room filled with a hundred other 'crafters' works. All your 'stuff' has your personality in-built into it. Wonderful.

    Who-ever the lucky recipient is is going to be thrilled that you've taken so much time to make him/her something so very perfect.

    Sending my love, and hoping that all is well, my friend. ~ Cobs. x

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  29. Stunning - certainly not dark and dreary. Love the texture and sheen on the leaf.
    Avril x

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  30. Gosh, that is so very classy looking!

    Thank you for sharing your techniques, very inspiring indeed.

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  31. Hermoso proyecto como siempre!! Saludos!!

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  32. Wonderful!! I would say that not only will your friend like it, they will want to keep it forever! Hugs, Chrisx

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  33. Lovely shimmery gilding - and I'm starting to think I "need" that leaf after all... beautiful card, and I've no doubt of its being treasured by your friend.
    Alison xx

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