Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring is in the Air for AVJ

Hello everyone, happy April with Spring well and truly in the air here in the Northern Hemisphere, and yes, that is the theme that we are having this month at A Vintage Journey, chosen by the lovely Sandy
I created a card for someone who has a Spring birthday and decided to take out my Tim Holtz Lady Rose stamp set for a play. I am sorry to say that I totally forgot to take step by step photos, so all I can do is show you a few close ups and explain more or less what I did.

I used a piece of Rangel speciality stamping paper and stamped one of the roses in Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and heat set it. I stamped it in several corners of my card and then inked around it with Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage Distress inks. I also did some further background text stamping in Hickory Smoke.

Next I did some crackle stamping in Library Green Archival Ink and then darkened the edges of my card with Peeled Paint DI.
The main rose stamp was stamped in Black Archival. I wished now I had chosen a lighter colour like Watering Can as it is too dark really, but hey ho, too late now. I coloured it with Inktense pencils and Distress Inks using a water brush to blend.
I found this little dove in my stash, I think it is a Kaiser Craft sticker, it seemed just the right size to fill in an empty space on the card and then I did some very subtle blending around it to add a bit of depth.
A couple of little punched butterflies, some twine and a little label, cut with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz tiny tabs and labels die and the word wish finishes it all off.
I matted it first of Kraft and then a white 7 x 7 card blank and it was done.

Well that's it from me for just now, I'll be back a bit later today with a project for Mixed Media Monthly, but meanwhile please do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my teamies have created, I promise you will not be disappointed!!


Patty O'Malley said...

This is so pretty, Astrid. Love the roses.

S@ndy Diller said...

Lovely card Astrid, what a lucky person to receive it. Sandy xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely card Astrid, I really love the delicate muted feel to this piece and the imagery gives it a real vintage feel too. I love the touches of Kraft, one of my favourite things to use. Lovely card for one lucky person. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful spring card for your friend Astrid - love your background and pretty roses - and the glittery dove delivering your birthday wish! Julia xx

Lagene said...

Gorgeous background, love the crackle and soft colors!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful card, hugs, Valerie

Maryann Laursen said...

Another gorgeous card here again Astrid. Sooo beautiful and perfect as always hun. I love the soft colors that really give me that spring feeling we all long so much for. It´s just stunning work as usual hun.
Have a wonderful week-end ahead now for all inhere.

Redanne said...

The rose stamp is so, so beautiful Astrid and I love the way you have coloured it, it is gorgeous and the background stamping is so subtle and beautiful. The delicate butterfly is just perfect to herald the arrival of Spring! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful rose stamp and a lovely springtime card for your friend.
Yvonne x

Pamellia said...

Stunning Astrid! I sure do adore the soft pink, how wonderful with the black as a contrast! Love it. hugs :)

Suzanne C said...

Charming and Elegant! Love the soft effect of the pinks and greens.

rachel said...

I love this to pieces astrid ..amd having just got this stamp set thanks for the inspiration xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such beautiful colouring of that centrepiece Lady Rose stamp Astrid. And such a gorgeous mix of pinks and greens. A stunning card! Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

butterfly said...

Such a lovely, gentle, feminine card, Astrid - the perfect delicate look for spring.
Alison x

Brenda Brown said...

Now I think the roses look perfect, stamped and coloured to perfection and standing out bold welcoming the warmer weather and I love the subtle shading around the dove. A fabulous ca d to welcome Spring.
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Deb Riddell said...

Beautiful card Astrid, love your beautiful rose and the wee dove was the perfect accompaniment, a wonderful way to welcome Spring and celebrate some lucky recipients birthday! Deb xo

sarascloset said...

This is a lovely spring card with a beautiful design! Love the rose spray! Hugs!

Jenny Marples said...

Your work becomes more ethereal as time goes on and this has me thinking of the finest hand painted porcelain Astrid. I absolutely LOVE it! xx

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful card, background looks fabulous.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Beautiful card, background looks fabulous.
Avril xx

Nikki Acton said...

Lovely Astrid - a wonderful ethereal feel and lovely composition (as always!). Have a great week x

Juliz Design Post said...

Beautiful card Astrid and very feminine.
Julie x

A Pink said...

A beautiful card! Astrid. Wonderful pastel colours, detail stamping and lovely design. hugs x

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