Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Leaves for Countryview Crafts

Hi everyone and happy April to you all! I am so longing for Spring, so let's hope that any April Showers will bring forth lots of Spring flowers.

The theme for our challenge this month at Countryview Challenges is to use Kraftcard.
I absolutely LOVE Kraft card, it is so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. For this project I simply used it as the base of my card.
The background to my card was created using Water colour paper and Distress Stain Sprays and clingfilm, my favourite technique of the moment, I just can't get enough of it.
As you can see, the focal point of my card are two leaves. I cut the leave with the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die from the centre of my water colour card background. I adhered Kraft card behind the leaf opening, using foam tape for depth. I then added some gel medium with my finger and sprinkled various embossing powders onto that and melted them for texture. I also did some background stamping around the opening.
I then took the leaf I had cut and embossed it with the matching folder and arranged it at a slight angle over the opening. I added shadows around it, again, to create more depth.
This is the birthday card for my daughter in law who lives in Australia where Autumn is now well on the way, so the colours seemed quite appropriate. The sentiment is of course from the Tim Holtz simple sayings set.
Well, that's it for now. I will be back later in the day with two further projects, always busy here on the first of the month. Hope you will take the time to look at the projects my team mates have created, plenty of inspiration to use Kraft card!

Thanks for visiting like always, and perhaps I will see you later.
Have a good month!!

23 comments:

  1. Wonderful piece, love how you made those leaves. Valerie

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  2. Stunning card and the Kraft card as a background makes the top layer look so natural.

    Love Chrissiexx

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  3. Stunning, Astrid!! Your daughter in law will love this birthday card. Okay...I am totally mesmerized by your background and that cling film technique. Your die cut leaf is gorgeous! I love the color and texture you got with the embossing powders and the embossing folder. It almost looks like chipped metal or something. Your art always draws me in. Love it!!!

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  4. Gorgeous card - love the depth and texture.

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  5. This card is beautiful, Astrid! I love the cut out opening of the leaf and the other leaf off to the side. The colors are gorgeous.

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  6. Love love love it Astrid!! The depth on your leaves is incredible and I love the vintage spring green palette! So gorgeous! hugs :)

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  7. Heheheh - I was thinking - it's spring - why are you making leaves???!!! Now I understand! This is just incredible Astrid. The colors, the design, the background and the "pop" of the leaf. When I see your name on bloglovin - I cant wait to see what you have designed! I am never disappointed. Thank you so much... your card will be LOVED in Australia as it is here too!!! j.

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  8. WOW Astrid how wonderful is your background, the leaves are sensational, i just want to reach in through the screen and touch the card it looks so tactile. Lucky SIL :-) xxx

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  9. Heheheh - I was thinking - it's spring - why are you making leaves???!!! Now I understand! This is just incredible Astrid. The colors, the design, the background and the "pop" of the leaf. When I see your name on bloglovin - I cant wait to see what you have designed! I am never disappointed. Thank you so much... your card will be LOVED in Australia as it is here too!!! j.

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  10. This is amazing Astrid, such beautiful colour tones, they are so beautiful together, and the background card, made with clingfilm looks stunning too.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  11. Stunning textural card Astrid.
    Julie x

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  12. What a WOWER Astrid.. that's a wonderful card!

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  13. Really love this card - the earthy greens, the fabulous embossed texture, and the positioning over the "empty" leaf shape - just brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  14. Wonderful textures, gorgeous colours, beautiful leaves... I just love everything about this beautiful card Astrid, it is stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

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  15. Beautiful card and I love all the texture !
    Corrie x

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  16. Another gorgeous card, Astrid!! I love your background - will definitely be looking into that cling film technique....such beautiful impressions! Your layers and textures are wonderful....wow!! xx Lynn

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  17. Love the textures here! A perfect card for the beginning of Autumn! Great colours that blended so nicely with your cling film - now where's mine - must try this! Chrisx

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  18. Astrid, your pieces never cease to amaze me! I love your use of Kraft card and the embossing adds so much! Gorgeousness my friend! xo

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  19. Wow you've been busy creating beautiful art! I LOVE this, the textures and colours of the leaf is amazing. Shirleyxx

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  20. Astrid this is gorgeous, your background is just stunning! I think I need to check out that leaf die too xx

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  21. What a lovely card Astrid, brilliant idea to die cut the leaf and then offset it over top the opening! Love all the gorgeous texture you achieved on your leaf and your background is beautiful!

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  22. I absolutely love the techniques you have used here, Astrid. I am not a card person at all, but this one is just wow! I loved the entire look of it with the die cut leaf placed at an angle, the dimension, and the textures around it and the of course, the lovely colors. What a lovely;y gift for your daughter in law...she will LOVE it! Hugs.

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  23. What a stunning card Astrid...great technique! Beautiful in total...
    Happy Easter, greetings, Alie :-)

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