Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The First of many

Hello dear friends and visitors, thank you for being here! Happy Candlemas/Groundhog day! Here's hoping Spring will not be too far off....

Today I am sharing the first page of the book I started a week or so ago. So far I have just shown you the cover, if you missed it, you can see it HERE

I am going to call this book my Techniques Journal, as it will be a place for me to play and experiment with different and favourite techniques. Mostly no long descriptions or tutorials in connection with these pages, but I will show you different elements and name products here and there. If you want to know more, - you can always email me.
Background paper using stencils, texture paste, Distress Inks, paint and sprays, plus a bit of background stamping here and there. Below a few corners in close up.


A little pocket, taken from the Heartfelt Creations 3D flip Album Inserts

A tag to fit inside the pocket.
First stage, cut with Heartfelt Creations die with the addition of a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die.
The second stage, mounted onto black and embellished with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies.
Shaping the die cuts slightly with a flower shaping tool (or the back of a paint brush) helps to add dimension.
And here the completed project, - page 1 of 10.... so much more to come.
I'll show you the spine next, but that will be on another day.

Thanks for visiting like always and keep crafting and creating!! 
xxx


36 comments:

brenda said...

Really like the idea of those little pockets Astrid and thanks for the idea to use the Timmy corner dies over the card rather than cut within, as always a lovely textural creation.

B x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fabulous Astrid! You make the most beautiful things !

Looks gorgeous!

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful textures s always Astrid and beautifully put together with the pocket and tag. xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Astrid fabulous textures and I love the colours you have used very hot! What a great idea to have a play book too. Hugs Debsxx

Jackie P Neal said...

Gorgeous warm colors used here Astrid! I look forward to more! xo

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW these pages are so gorgeous. I love the look and the pocket and the tag look just fabulous not to mention the fantastic colors, you´ve used on these pages here. Everything looks amazing and so beautiful as always.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Ohhhh -- gorgeous as usual Astrid. What an a great idea to create a technique book. Love this background and the tag made from the two different dies is genius. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I think I might try creating some of my own tags using that idea. Thanks for the inspiration :) -- Mary Elizabeth

Candy C said...

Beautiful, Astrid. I always love your work. A techniques book is a great idea! This tag is a lovely way to start! Love the colors, the textures and the use of the die cuts. The pocket is a really nice addition as well. Very pretty!

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosos siempre tus trabajos!!!!

Marisa Job said...

What a beautiful page! Love the pocket and tag. Glad to see HC products!!

rachel said...

gorgeous page Astrid - truely beautiful - so much yumminess xx

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful - as always. I know I am going to enjoy watching this book come to life. I have learned many techniques from you - so I always enjoy your art.

butterfly said...

This is going to be a knockout of a book, Astrid - already beautiful just at page one (and the cover of course!). I love the depth and intensity of colour; the burnished look and weathered textures give the whole thing such character. Fantastic use of the dies to add that intricate detailing too... looking forward to following this along.
Alison xx

Meggymay said...

This will be a stunning book, this is a beautiful first page.
Yvonne xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Love this page and especially the tag!

Debi said...

always so inspiring Astrid! the colours and the texture all gorgeous <3 Debi x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wow this is only page one, what a gorgeous book, I adore the rich warm tones and fantastic texture . I always love texture and layers and you have them in abundance. Love it Astrid. Tracy x

Corrie Herriman said...

Great idea to have a technique book ! Love to see what other fantastic pages you'll come up with. This one is gorgeous with all the texture and warm colours...
Corrie x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hello Astrid, you page is gorgeous with so many fantastic elements and textures. I also love your chosed Heartfelt and Tim Holtz dies they look great together. Take care, Shirleyxx

Terry said...

Oh that page is simple outstanding! Astrid as always the texture is amazing! I love that pocket and the tag is the most gorgeous tag! The way you combined the grape vine with Tim's die is a garden delight! Love this!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous page Astrid! I love that fancy die cut up top and the addition of the pocket is brilliant! Beautifully vintage, love love love! hugs :)

Jennie Atkinson said...

Stunning !!!!! Jennie x

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous gorgeous texture and brilliant vintage tones, metallic and so striking!!! LOVE this!

Sara Barker said...

What a wonderful idea to make a techniques book! I'm sure it will be a best seller! Beautiful texture and color from page to pocket to tag! Lovely! Hugs!

Kimberly Cobb said...

Such a lovely page! The colors and texture are so rich...almost a Tuscan feel. A technique book is such a great idea. Looking forward to future pages. :) Kim

Redanne said...

A technique book is such a great idea, I loved the cover but this page is superb, lovely rich tones and wonderful texture! Hugs, Anne xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Just fantastic, seems this will be wonderful project.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Astrid, wonderful textures and love the colour palette, what a fabulous way to play and experiment with techniques, it will be a treasure when it is done! Deb xo

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great idee Astrid to make a technique book, to enjoy all kind of techniques, and to show it to us, I really admire the way you play with all these differant techniques and I'm sure I can learn a lot from you!! thank you very much for showing!!!

Greetings
Maria

Dorthe said...

Stunning, the tag so beautiful inside it`s pocket and oh what a glow from the colors you used on both tag and front, this will be a wonderful book, showing technigues , and I`m happy we are allowed to follow, Astrid !
xxooo

A Pink said...

If this is the first page Astrid I'm so looking forward to seeing all the rest . Love this page - beautifully crafted and in such earthy warm tones too . Beautiful x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Wow! The cover was deliscious and now the first page adds more allure to your techmique book. I would love to borrow the idea of using the die on the top part of a tag because it is gorgeous and so unique! Stunning colors and design! Your background is amazeballs and so lush! Awesome sauce! Sure can't wait to see more! ~Niki

pearshapedcrafting said...

My imagination is working overtime! Your book is going to be incredibly beautiful! Hugs, Chrisx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Once again, a stunning piece!! Really do love those earthy tones and the fancy top to the tag .. gorgeous!! This is going to be one spectacular journal Astrid! Love this!! xx

Almo said...

Yum Yum! I am so looking forward to seeing this little book progress Astrid and what a wonderful collection of techniques you will have to look back on as you complete each page. Your work is so inspirational - love it. Mo x

Buttons said...

Loving the warmth and blended look to all this stamping, stencilling and die cutting Astrid. You are a mixed media genius. Jenny x

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