Tuesday, 9 February 2016

3 different cards for 3 different friends...

Hello everyone and lovely to see you here.
Three of my friends have not been very well lately, so I thought it was high time to send them a card and let them know I am thinking of them....
I set myself the challenge to use similar stamps and colours, yet make 3 very different cards.
I'll take you through them briefly one by one.
This one is very much a mixed media card. The background was card, cover with gesso, strips of book paper and tissue tape, stencilling using one of Seth Apters super cool stencils and when everything was dry another thin layer of watered down gesso and then coloured with a mix of sprays and Distress inks and a bit of gelatos. As you can see I also added some background stamping with the Tim Holtz ledger stamp
The focal image (La Blanche) was stamped on tissue paper and when dry I sprinkled on some embossing powder, which when melted added some further subtle textures.

I finished it all with some hearts and sentiments etc.
The hearts and words are from a Finnabair set, stamped, fussy-cut and coloured with Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and gelatos.
For card number 2 I created a background panel, stamped with Picket Fence Distress paint and the Tim Holz Distress Damask stamp and then inked with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso. Cut it into 3 strips and then mounted on white card.

The centre frame is a Sue Wilson die and matching stamp set (the background bit). The bee is another La Blanche stamp cut with one of the Sue Wilson dies in the set and then I added a crackle effect with an Indigo Blu crackle stamp.
To give it more of a shabby chic feel I added some flowers and leaves from my stash, coloured in matching colours and high lighted with Treasure Gold.
Finally a somewhat simpler textured card. The background was created in a similar way as card number 1, obviously using a different stencil. The focal image is the same too.

Well, that's it for today, thanks for your visit like always, happy crafting!

36 comments:

  1. Fabulous cards, Astrid! Love the details on each.

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  2. Wonderful cards and I am sure your friends will truly appreciate them. Astrid I don't know how you make such wonderful "things" and get around to so many blogs too. You and Alison make quite a pair!!!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a little love.
    sandy cc

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  3. Well, receiving any one of these wonderful cards would make me feel better! Absolutely wonderful, and impressive how you've achieved such difference between them.... fabulous inspiration for me, as I always start at ground zero for exactly one make, lol! xxx Lynn

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  4. Lucky friends to have such an artistic friend to lift their spirits! The cards are all spectacular.

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  5. The cards are all gorgeous, one lovelier than the other. Hugs, Valerie

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  6. Three absolute beauties Astrid! Totally different looks yet all recognisably from you. I bet those lucky three recipients are thrilled with their cards. Jenny x

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  7. Three amazing card!! your friends will be very happy to receive these beauties!! Love your stunning backgrounds, with a lot of structure!!

    Have fun!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  8. These 3 cards here are really beautiful, and your friends are such lucky people, who have a friend like you, who share such love as these cards show here. All 3 are truly amazing and sooo beautiful. I really like them all, and especially the second one is over the top gorgeous with these fabulous flowers on it too.
    You really did an outstanding job on all these and they´re all soooo gorgeous work in every little detail. You sure have magic hands in creating Astrid, thanks sooo much for sharing your magic here with us.

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  9. Three totally different cards Astrid, but each with your trademark texture and attention to detail. Lucky friends, sure your card will cheer them.

    B x

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  10. love the three cards Astrid....wonderful details and lovely textures. They will certainly be treasured by their recipients

    Huge hugs Annie xx

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  11. Just seeing these here has made me feel better too! I love all the gorgeous texture and the colours you have used! These are sure to speed up the recovery to good health and will be great keepsakes! Sorry not to have been around much but I have just enjoyed a lovely catch up! Hugs, Chrisx

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  12. lovely cards, I am sure your friends will very much love them :)

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  13. All wonderful cards and all different which is terrific. I am sure your freinds will be thrilled to receive them

    Love Chrissie xx

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  14. Beautiful cards Astrid I especially love the second one. They will bring a smile to the face of your friends which ever one they receive. How thoughtful of you.Mo x

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  15. Wow Astrid, these are gorgeous!! Three completely different cards, in style and design. LOVE that one with the Sue Wilson die, the white frame just pops against all the vintage tones! Three lucky people to have such a sweet and talented friend. hugs :)

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  16. They are all incredible beautiful Astrid - I would take the first one for me...lol!
    oxo
    Susi

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  17. So different, so beautiful, each,--- the stenciling looking wonderful, and the stamps are so lovely all. I will have a look at La Blanche, :-)
    Really love the beauty of them all, and especially the last one, Astrid.'
    Have a lovely evening-
    Dorthe, Xox

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  18. They are all beautiful and unique, your friends will love receiving them.
    Yvonne xx

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  19. Oh Astrid, all three are simply gorgeous, I love that Sue Wilson die on the middle card and the clock face is a real beauty too. Wonderful cards! Hugs, Anne xx

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  20. These cards should certainly make your three friends feel better Astrid they are gorgeous.

    crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  21. Astrid - 3 most gorgeous cards. I love them all and whomever shall receive these beauties will most certainly be happy dancing.

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  22. Oh my gosh your cards are gorgeous! I especially love the first with all of your mixed media work. I'm sure your friends will be thrilled.

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  23. these are absolutely stunning Astrid - wow - your friends are going to be so chuffed! Hugs rachel x

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  24. Fabulous cards Astrid Your friends will really appreciate them.
    Avril xx

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  25. Wonderful collection of cards Astrid! So beautiful and creative! Love all the inky details and texture!

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  26. How beautiful - each one unique and appealing. Lucky recipients to have one of these arrive :D

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  27. What a wonderful friend you are, Astrid! Those 3 mixed media cards are stunning! I just adore your textures and vintage feel to them! Love them all and especially the first one! Brilliant work and your friends are going to treasure those beauties! Hugs! Branka xxx

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  28. Totally gorgeous cards and so lucky are the receivers!! I love how each is so unique! And there is no way i could pick a favorite from this trio except all of the above! xoxox

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  29. These are wonderful cards, great textures on them. Your friends will be very happy to hold them in their hands.

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  30. These are fabulous Astrid. The challenge you set yourself produced three great designs for three lucky recipients xxx

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  31. The layers and textures on these are sensational.

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  32. Thanks again Astrid for my beautiful card, a wonderful keepsake to have from a dear blog friend. I will treasure it.
    Julie x

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  33. They are going to be thrilled to receive these beauties! Lovely set of cards with beautiful textures and design!

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  34. Beautiful, Astrid - so subtle in the colour ways, and wonderful textures. I think my favourite is the triptych bee one - so elegant and the distressed panels are fantastic.
    Alison xx

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  35. Beautiful, beautiful vintage cards. lovely Astrid! Ruth xx

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