Friday, 3 February 2017

Words That Are Special

Hello friends and lovely to have you drop by! It's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge at A Vintage Journey
The lovely Jennie is our host and the theme she chose is Words That Are Special. This is what Jennie had to say about the challenge:
We often use words for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags …. In fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art.
Well I love words and decided to make a fold-out card with 4 panels with some of my favourite sayings. It's based on a project that I found on Pinterest. Here are the different panels:
I have written a quick tutorial of how to make this, and of course you can decorate it in whatever way you wish. The base of mine is Kraft Card. This is what you will need:
A3 card for the front, back an inside strip and the backing of your inside panels
White card for the front and back, inside covers and panels.
A selection of paints, inks, stamps etc

1. Fold A3 card in half along the long side, this gives you an A4 folded card. (8.5 by 11 approx)
2. Cut this in half giving you a folded card panel that is 21 cm wide and 14.7 cm high (8" by 5 3/4 approx)
3. From the remaining card cut a strip along the long side about 4 cm high (1.5" Approx)
Fold this strip concertina style.
4. The inside panels can be any size that fits inside the covers, I made mine 11.5 cm high and 9 cm wide (4.5 x 3 3/4 " approx).
5. Create panels for the covers, inside covers and inside cards in what ever way you wish
6. Adhere to covers and insides.
7. Glue concertina fold strip in place and then adhere your 4 inside cards.
Hope my description makes sense. Below I will show you how I decorated mine with paints, inks, stencils and stamping.
Front cover using stencils by Tim Holtz and Andy Skinner, Decoart Media acrylic paints, Distress Crayons and Infusions.

Stamps by Tim Holtz, coloured with Big Brush Pens
Back cover, using similar techniques.
Stamps by Wendy Vecchi, some doodling with white pen and a Tim word sticker.
Inside left , using Distress inks and stamps and stencils by Tim and Andy Skinner

Inside right  same thing. These insides will be mostly covered by the fold out cards of course....
And here some close ups of the inside cards, all done in a similar way, using Distress inks and stamps from various sets by Tim Holtz.

I changed the colour ways subtly to go along with the background of the covers.

Well, that's it, I had great fun putting this together and will definitely make more of these, you could use it and put tags inside, or even use the panels as photo mats and make a little brag-book or something.

Do make sure to check out what my talented teamies have made for this challenge if you have not done so already and get all the details of the challenge this month, all you need to do is CLICK HERE

Hope you will join in with our challenge and have a wonderful weekend!!


Maryann Laursen said...

WOUW this is sooo gorgeous Astrid, and your tutorial is just spot on too, and very easy to follow, and thanks sooo much for that one too. I love the idea of this book and it really looks awesome too, and I also just love these sayings too, so it´s just sooo me. Really beautiful work here, that´s for sure.

froebelsternchen said...

An AMAZING project - very inspiring ! Happy weekend Astrid!

chrissie said...

A really beautiful project and such a clever idea Astrid.

Love Chrissie xx

Studio Susanne said...

Hello Astrid,
I love the card you have created for this challange, there is so much interest and detail in each of the elements of the attached mini cards.I especially love all the texture that you achieved, I think you must have used the embossing folders to achieve the 3d relief. I also love the beautifully colour blends that you have created, I guess form the distress paints, I have these on my wish list, but has yet they have not wended their way into the check out basket yet. LOL
They seem to come in a variety of colour ways, so which colours would you recommend to start with?
Warmest best wishes,

Jenny Marples said...

What a fantastic way to display these favourite sayings Astrid! I always love the way you layer colour, texture and pattern so seamlessly and beautifully xx

Jackie PN said...

Fabulous Astrid! I love that you used so many different techniques on this! Thanks so much for giving the steps, I always want to make what you share after reading your posts! you are such an inspiring woman!
Hugs,Jackie xo

sarascloset said...

Astrid, what a fabulous booklet to note your favorite sayings! Your design is stunning and I'm so happy you shared your steps and inspiration! Hugs!

Nikki Acton said...

I love the concertina card and so beautifully and artistically designed too. xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic project.

Redanne said...

Ooooh, I have never seen this type of card before, I love it! Each panel is beautiful and I just love your inspiring words - this would be lovely to leave out to look at every day! Beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda Brown said...

What a fabulous design of card and made even more beautiful with your magic touch of adding amazing layers of inks, paints and mediums. A great way to display those beautiful

Dortesjs said...

waue what a fabulous booklet ;O)

Corrie Herriman said...

So gorgeous !
Corrie xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Astrid, I really love how you coloured the little girl, one of my favourite images. Lovely backgrounds and texture too. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a fabulous way to display all those wonderful sayings. Love all you amazing layers and fabulous textures. Just gorgeous x

Helen Wallace said...

A seriously inspiring project with generously shared step by steps. Love the colour blending and the quotes are just lovely. TFS

Matilde said...

It's a great project!

Pamellia said...

Brilliant design Astrid. I love the folded cards within a card, fantastic. The sentiments you chose are all so wonderful, amazing work as always! take care and have a great week. hugs :)

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous project and a great way of showcasing those in inspiring words.
Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.
Avril xx

A Pink said...

Fabulous! Astrid Love the design that is just ideal for all your special words - alot of which touch my heart too . Your colour ways , stamping stenciling and detail are just wonderful.
Terrific interpretation of the challenge theme .
hugs x

Deb said...

Wonderful Astrid, gorgeous panels filled with inspiring words and thank you for the tutorial on how you constructed it! Deb xo

Julia Aston said...

what a wonderful little folder design Astrid! The covers are wonderful with their stampings and colors - and the panels inside are so pretty with their blended colors moving left to right and the self affirming sentiments! Julia xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Stunning project as always Astrid.
Julie x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Astrid! I have been trying to keep up with visits and failing miserably. So pleased to be here now to see this fabulous folder and the cards with such inspiring words! I will try to catch up as soon as possible! Chrisx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is brilliant Astrid, and so beautiful decorated. Love all the separate panels and, as you said, this could easily be used as a mini album or brag book. Love this!! hugs xx

Annie said...

Totally love this album Astrid x full of wonderful details and inspiring quotes etc
TFS and see you tomorrow xx

Carol said...

GORGEOUS - a always - love all the embellishments and the quote xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Amazing backgrounds Astrid and a fabulous creation. Very inspiring. X

butterfly said...

Wonderful warm colours on your concertina of words, Astrid - it's a really uplifting piece, both in the look of it and reading all those inspirational sentiments.
Alison x

Barbara said...

Love this Astrid! so beautiful and what a brilliant idea to make this card! thanks for step by step! Fab work as always! Barbara

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