Tuesday, 19 January 2016

A little gift

Hello all, hope your week is going well.
I needed a thank you gift for a friend and to just make a card seemed boring, so I made a tag in a bag instead....
I love making these kind of projects, and this one was fun to do. I started with the tag (size 8 manila)
The background was created with some Fresco paints from Paper Artsy, rolled on with a brayer. I then used a Seth Apter stencil and archival in for some background texture, a Tim Holtz stencil and Ranger texture paste for the flower and then added more colour with Distress inks.

Some coloured cheese cloth and a butterfly (cut from an old G45 paper) added some more texture at the bottom.
Some more butterflies and a word from the Tim Holtz larger word stickers as further embellishments and some verdigris embossing powder melted here and there for further texture.
A little crown charm, altered with some paints on top of a ribbon, died to match the rest (with Distress Spray Stains), finishes it all off.
I made the bag from a piece of Manila card, coloured in pretty much the same way and then added some embellishments from my little box of scraps to add more interest.
A piece of corrugated card, coloured with Distress sprays and some left over paper scraps.
A scrap of Dusty Attic chip board, a little clock sticker (G 45 again), some more cheese cloth and a rusted up pen nib.
The pen nib was altered with some Distress paint and while the paint was still wet I sprinkled on some embossing powder.
Well, that's it for today, thanks for visiting and until next time....

44 comments:

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

This is beautiful Astrid! You always make such amazing and beautiful art!

Trish said...

This tutorial was filled with wonderful tips and ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Els PAESEN said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Vintagehandmade said...

This is stunning, Astrid, as everything you do in crafting! What a beautiful color choice and brilliant textures! Thank you so much for such inspirational post! Hugs! Branka xxx

brenda said...

A lovely way to thank your friend Astrid, I am sure she will cherish this lovely piece.

B x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great card again, dear Astid, I love your style, and I am sure that your friend will be very happy with this present , have a very nice Art-time!! Please can you send me your adres and birthday date, because I lost my book with all the addresses!!

Greetings
Maria

Annie said...

Such a beautiful and personal gift to treasure Astrid x love the amazing details and textures
Tfs and hugs
Annie x

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic tag, Astrid! Love the details and the matching tag holder.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous tag, love the textures. Have a great day, Shirleyxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I mean tag(s).... both are fantastic :)

Meggymay said...

Beautiful tags and a wonderful thank you piece.
Yvonne xx

fairyrocks said...

Beautifully done. You have inspired me....hmmmm I know I have some nibs around here somewhere. Thank you for sharing, keep smiling and creating

June Macfarlane said...

What a gorgeous gift too. Oh the details and that pen nib are superb. x

Dorthe said...

Astrid, you are a master,- totally !!!
Such magic you create by mixing and matching your materials ,creating something stunning from some pieces of papers, and your paints and inks, I totally love it !!
Hugs,Dorthe

Redanne said...

Your bag and tag are beautiful, the colours and textures are wonderful and I just love how you did the little pen nib. This set will be treasured for sure! Hugs, Anne xx

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful project! Your friend is going to love it!!

Tamara said...

Hello Astrid..
Your creativity is soulful and beautiful. I love the colors ...the shimmer and your paste texturing. And the rusty nib with the cheesecloth is a lovely detail.. Your handmade bag is charming. With the sentiment that you chose and your personal touch, it will be a delight to your friend! As always, thank you for the tutorial and inspiration.

Best wishes for a lovely day,
Tamara <3

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful set, Astrid, with so many wonderful details, textures and colors!

Almo said...

Lovely lovely colours and textures Astrid, this combination is a treasure that I am sure will be treasured by your friend and as you say much more interesting than a card. Mo x

Corrie Herriman said...

This is a beautiful gift, Astrid ! And a little more interesting than a card.
Corrie x

Shell said...

All I can say is WOW!!! So much more than a card... I'm sure your friend will treasure it :)

Margie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid and I'm sure your friend will love her very unique gift.

Sandy said...

What's not to love about this beautiful tag -- Anyone is lucky to receive one of your tags. So many ideas - all on one tag!!
Sandy xx

Diana Taylor said...

Totally gorgeous - I have that flower stencil and have never managed to get it to work in anything I've done, but you've done a beautiful job with it and I'm tempted to give it another try now! As always your techniques are stunning, I love the pen nib and I also love the spring colours -

butterfly said...

Gorgeous - love the warm glow of the colours, and that stencilled flower is just beautiful. A fabulous tag and pocket - enough to warm anyone's heart even in this winter chill.
Alison xx

rachel said...

absolutely gorgeous work Astrid - I adore this - colours and textures are so beautiful and bring hope for spring - lovely xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

What a beautiful and delightful gift Astrid, wonderful layers of colour and textures, someone is going to be very happy upon receiving it! Deb xo

Sara Barker said...

Fabulous tag and envelope with the most amazing texture and colors! This will be treasured from the moment she sees it! Love the rusted pen nib and the little piece of corrugated board...it just speaks to my grungy side! Hugs!

Seth said...

These are gorgeous Astrid. Really loving the color choices and All. Those. Layers! So happy you chose to incorporate my stencil on your incredible work.

Margaret Mifsud said...

How totally gorgeous!! Your friend will be over the moon to receive this Astrid!! Always love your colour choices and the textures are to die for!! Totally delightful piece!! love and hugs xx

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! I love all those layers and the beautiful colors you blended together. WOW!

Anita Houston said...

A pocket tag is just a grand idea, because you just keep going and seeing great art! What a gift in itself! LOVE the texture and color...a mini piece of art!

Jackie P Neal said...

Such a lovely gift! Your friend who receives this tag is very lucky Astrid! xoxo

Shirley Chillman said...

Adorable as usual Astrid and such a unique gift to give to your friend I am sure she will love it.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

Pamellia Johnson said...

What a thoughtful gift Astrid, and beautiful to boot!! I love the pop of yellow on the flower stencil, such a great bit of spring in this cold and dreary weather. The rusted pen nib is awesome, love how eroded it looks. Somebody is going to be head over heels when they get this! hugs :)

Lynn Price said...

Lucky recipient - this is a fabulous project! Love the colors - I am always drawn to sunflowers. I love how you've used the stencils here, and your embellishments - all yummy! xxx Lynn

Terry said...

Astrid, nothing you create could ever be boring! This is a gorgeous gift and such a lovely design. The texture from the flowers is just so warming and your friend will just treasure your thoughtfulness! Love this! Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

What a very beautiful pair Astrid, truly gorgeous artistry! Enjoy your weekend. Nicola x

Buttons said...

That clang was my jaw dropping to the floor! LOVE both the tag and the pocket Astrid. Simply perfect (and pinned!) Jenny x

Sophie said...

WOW! Ein Kunstwerk nach dem anderen.
Ich schätze deine Kunst sehr, liebe Astrid, es ist was ganz Besonderes.
Eine großartige Arbeit.

herzlichst Sophie

Pawsitively Creative said...

You had me at tag in a bag! Hehe! What a wonderous tag and design! Love the texture achieved with the random EP and stencils. Your color choices are gorgeous. I bet your friend is going to cherish this because it is awesome sauce! Hugz. ~Niki

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Astrid! Gorgeous projects! Love all the texture and stunning details! So artistic and creative!

Marjie Kemper said...

Beauties! Bet your friend was beyond delighted to receive such a lovely gift.

Mrs.B said...

Love bothe pocket and the tag, a beautiful gift.
Avril xx

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