Saturday, 15 October 2016

Leaves are not just for Autumn...

Hello all, hope you are happy and healthy!
Today I have another Christmas card to share, - techniques used were very similar to those used in my previous post
Below a quick step by step in case you are interested.
I started with a size 8 manilla tag and coloured it with a mix of Paper Artsy Infusions and Distress Sprays.  As I wanted a much paler background actually I then added a thinish layer of gesso.
When that was dry I added some stamping and then started to work on the leaf that was to form the focal of this card.
I used a die from the new Sara Davies Autumn Morning collection (available from Crafters Companion). I cut it, coloured with the infusions and sprays again and then put it back in the die to emboss it and bring out the veins which were highlighted with Ground Espresso DI.
I added it plus a die-cut word (Tim Holtz) to my tag and then mounted and layered it to make it into a card. Below some details still: Also did some splatters with Antique Bronze Distress Spray.
Some frosted berries (the "frosting" is some Distress Clear Rockcandy glitter).
Another little die cut, I seem to remember this one is from Sheena Douglass, I had it in my box of ready die-cuts....
And here the completed card...

Well, that's it for today, thanks for your visit!
xxx

24 comments:

maria's knutselplezier said...

Another beautiful , artsy tag I really love the colours and the structure you made with the beutiful leave!!
Have fun!!
Maria

brenda said...

I always enjoy popping in to see what you have created and this is super.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous background and fabulous finish to your beautiful card Astrid, I love those frosted berries xxx

chrissie said...

Very beautiful and such a great idea Astrid to use the tags on Christmas Cards. It has inspired me to make some cards after thinking I would buy cards this year. These are so special but not too demanding.

Love Chrissie xx

Suzanne C said...

Such gorgeous rich patina and colors you create with your backgrounds and on your beautiful leaf! Love how you used this on the Holiday card.

Helen Wallace said...

It's always interesting to see the step by step process as your art work evolves. Love the colour and texture on the leaf and the frosting on the berries. Beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Your tag is absolutely gorgeous, Astrid. Thank you for showing the step by step.

Have a wonderful weekend

Redanne said...

Oh I do love that Maple leaf Astrid and you have coloured it so beautifully, it looks realistic! Your background is beautiful (I so want/need that stitching stamp!!) and showcases the beautiful leaf and berries. Great step by step too! Hugs, Anne xx

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous Astrid, love it to bits. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful card and details, Astrid!

Dorthe said...

Stunning Astrid,
love the leaf and how you colored it, and the berries create such magic to the card.Wonderful creation, dear. xoxo

crazycraftykittie said...

What a wonderful creation. Fantastic colours.

Thanks for visiting my page and leaving such a nice comment. Kit x

Mantelilaakson Susanna said...

Oh, it's so pretty!!
Autumn leafs are perfect for Xmas cards!

Have a lovely weekend!
Susanna

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That's a terrific tag Astrid! Beautiful!!Happy Sunday!
oxo Susi

rachel said...

super gorgeous Astrid - love the leaf - beautiful colours! Big hugs rachel x

Meggymay said...

Really gorgeous tag on the card Astrid. Loved those leaves you used.
Yvonne xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love all the step-outs and that textured leaf.

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que precioso trabajo tan otoñal, me encanta!!!!

Corrie Herriman said...

So beautiful !
Corrie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wonderful! One of the most beautiful Christmas cards I have ever seen! Hugs, Chrisx

Maryann Laursen said...

Amazing work here as always from you Astrid, it´s really beautiful, and I´m blown away with the look here. I really wish, I could make things look as gorgeous as you, but somehow it just never looks half as nice as yours.

craftytrog said...

Beautiful and inspiring! xxx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous Astrid, love thar you used the maple leaf on your Christmas card, it looks perfectly at home! Deb xo

butterfly said...

I really didn't think I'd been away this long - and you've certainly been having a productive time... Love the rich autumnal colour base, and then the frosted look it gets with the gesso over it. Another bit of leafy loveliness.
Alison x

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