Friday, 13 November 2015

More Christmas experiments...

Hello all and happy weekend! Following on from my last post I have been experimenting further with backgrounds and fairly quick ways to complete Christmas cards.
Today I have 3 further cards to share, - all variations on a theme really....

I'll give you a quick run down of what I did, though I forgot to take step by step photos.
The background on this one was done in pretty much the same way I described here
I coloured with Archival inks, sprays and added some Stampendous embossing powder too for additional texture. The gorgeous ivy die cuts were a gift from my lovely friend Rita. Thank you so much lovely lady!!

Here's a close up, where hopefully you can see a but more of the background. The sentiment is an old one, I think it might have been from Waltzing Mouse stamps, the image is from last year's Papermania Victorian Christmas collection.
The background on this one was done with Crackle paste and a mix of sprays. I highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold white fire
The pine branches were also a gift from Rita, I also used one of the new Tim Holtz punches and added some berries with a Viva Decor pearl pen. The image is from the same Papermania Collection.
And here is the last one in this set, further variation using the same techniques.
I love how these delicate ivy branches (I think they are from Sue Wilson) can be bend in whatever way you like.

Well, that's it, - 3 more to tick off my list......
Hope you are having fun with your own Christmas projects.
Until next time and thanks for your visit today
xxx

39 comments:

Tunder Mitrea said...

Love it so much!Hugs

Redanne said...

The Papermania images are lovely but you have turned them into absolutely stunningly beautiful cards Astrid - wow! Hugs, Anne xx

Karen Garrard said...

Beautiful cards Astrid! Such works of art. I must get started on mine. OMG time is slipping away. If I do 3 a day should be able to catch up. Hehe. Karen.x

Terry said...

Astrid, your Christmas cards are gorgeous! Each one is so unique and beautifully detailed. Oh and I love that texture! Been away and hope you are doing well! Hugs!

Joan said...

These are do beautiful Astrid, fab backgrounds and lovely vintage images. I have that ivy die and love it too.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful vintage mixed media cards, I love the images and those die cuts ! I would love to get the ivy leaf, it's fantastic :) Take care xx

Kathy Bradley said...

Gorgeous Christmas cards, Astrid.

Patty O'Malley said...

Oh my, these are absolutely beautiful, Astrid. I love them!

Loraine McLean said...

They are simply stunning, I love them. Vintage Christmas is so beautiful, my favourite. Can't do cute or contemporary, it's just not right. Thanks for sharing Astrid, well done xx

Loraine McLean said...

They are simply stunning, I love them. Vintage Christmas is so beautiful, my favourite. Can't do cute or contemporary, it's just not right. Thanks for sharing Astrid, well done xx

Anneke said...

Wat a wonderful backgrounds. Lovely Christmas cards.
Thanks for inspiring me. I have some old gesso so
I'm going to try your techniek.

Lynn Price said...

Oh my, Astrid - absolutely love your backgrounds, and how they work with your images and die-cuts! You make it look so easy, and the techniques are indeed straightforward and so effective - but IMO, these shine because you are so talented at composition!! Happy weekend - xxx Lynn

BLockHEad said...

Love them all!

Dots Dabbles said...

Astrid, you do the most beautiful backgrounds! And what good taste Rita has :)
Dot x

Marisa Job said...

Wow! These cards are beautiful!! Love the texture and colors! Have a great weekend!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Three gorgeous variations on a theme. You've certainly hit the jackpot with this technique!! Absolutely stunning results!! Love them all!! xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid , I love these romantic cards, really cards in your style, great images, colours and structure!!
Super!!

Greetings
Maria

rachel said...

an amazing array of projects astrid. truely wonderful backgrounds and a great use of the die cuts. gorgeous cards xxx

Meggymay said...

Another gorgeous collection of traditional cards Astrid.
Yvonne xx

chrissie said...

Beautiful cards with an vintage feel to them. Always great to see your makes

Love Chrissie xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This are so special cards for christmas.. gorgeous! Absolutely stunning!
Happy weekend dear Astrid!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Amazing backgrounds! You're a perfect mixed media artist! I love the way that you mix vintage image and mixed media techniques! barbarayaya

butterfly said...

Ahhh... that's a big sigh of pleasure at the vintage blues and greens done the Astrid way! Gorgeous cards, with the touches of White Fire and fabulous textured backgrounds. Love, love them!
Alison xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Astrid, you are really getting a collection together, bravo to you!! These are amazing! I am really in awe of that background technique you came up with, I sooo want to find some time to give this a try!! Love the images, so perfect for the vintage feel of these! Gorgeous! hugs :)

Dorthe said...

They are all so beautiful, and making me feel child again, sending me fond memories from back then, when a christmas card wore magic and sweet sentiments and images, like yours !!
Your backgrounds are amazing with the golden touch !!
Dorthe xx

Barbara Rankin said...

Gorgeous cards, and love those textured backgrounds. You are one amazing artist, Astrid!!! Hugs, Barbara

Monika Gulyas said...

Beautiful Victorian cards with amazing backgrounds! The colours are delightful too!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Such beautiful colours and textures! Just love them all! Chrisx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

The colours are beautiful, the textures are beautiful, the images are beautiful .... the cards are stunning!
Astrid, they are all incredibly beautiful and always so elegant.
Wishes
Lynne

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Stunning background and cards, Astrid!! Love love love!

Corrie Herriman said...

They look as they have come from the past ! AS if they are antique ! Lovely effects !
Corrie x

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosas tarjetas de Navidad!!!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Astrid, stunning backgrounds and love those gorgeous vintage images! There are going to be some very happy people on your Christmas card list. Deb xo

JackieP Neal said...

Absolutely stunning!! I cannot pick a favorite! xo

Maryann Laursen said...

Just stunning work here once again Astrid. I absolutely love them all and can´t pick one for another, as they´re all sooo beautiful. Love these backgrounds you made here.

Matilde said...

Lovely cards! I like the effect on their backgrounds!

Anita Houston said...

Beautiful cards with gorgeous texture!!! LOVE them!

Diana Taylor said...

Oh lucky, lucky recipients of these beautiful cards - they are gorgeous. I love the colour palettes, the style and the amazing textures - just perfect.

A Pink said...

A Trio of Vintage beauty. Astrid . Your backgrounds are absolutely fabulous and the Victorian images and all the lovely die cuts are the perfect embellishments . Really love these x

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