Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vintage Christmas cards (further variations)

Hello friends! Well, here we are, nearly the weekend and that much closer to Christmas......
Today I have 3 further Christmas cards to share.

Below a short tutorial of how I made them:

All of them started with some textue paste and a stencil:
I then added colour with a mix of Acrylic paints in Titan Buff, White and Burnt and Raw Umber, I used different brands, Decoart Fluid Acrylics, Golden Fluid Acrylics and Paper Artsy Frescos, using both a brayer and my fingers.
On one of them I also used Distress Crayons to get a kind of patina effect.

Raised bits were also highlighted with Treasure Gold.

I then added various die cuts and vintage images as focal points, and that was pretty much it.
Below a few close ups still:

Below a short slide show to see them in close up

I am going to add one of the cards to the following challenges:
Countryview Crafts: Stencils
That's Crafty: Stencil it
Frilly and Funkie: Timeworn
Thanks for your visit like always


Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! A stunning set of vintage cards Astrid! Simply drooling over the wonderful colour palettes and the yummy textures! Love the simple embellishing too .. the vintage images and die cuts are perfection plus!!
Hope you are settling back into the normal routine after your wonderful holiday and hope your weather is nice too! Ours is going crazy .. hot one day and cold and raining the next! Go figure!! Have a wonderful day Astrid!! hugs xx

Helen Wallace said...

Absolutely stunning cards Astrid. I love the muted tones, the yummy texture and the vintage themes throughout. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog and be inspired by your creativity.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

No matter how we see or celebrate Christmas there is nothing more delightful than that vintage touch. I love those stencilled layers and touches of colour. Your little movie showcases them all perfectly. Thank you for sharing Astrid.
Warm Hugs Tracey xx

Scraps of Elegance said...

The background texture work is superb Astrid.

brenda said...

A superb collection of Christmas creations Astrid and really liking the earthy tones with just a hue of alternative colour drawn in.

B x

Annie said...

Love your beautiful Christmas cards and thank you for sharing the step by step xx You know I always love your backgrounds xx Love the movie too xx

Looking forward to seeing you

Annie xx

Pamellia said...

Wow Astrid. I am always so blown away with your background panels, such great techniques and the results are always incredible! I love the finished pieces with the vintage images and gorgeous poinsettias! Absolutely stunning! hugs :)

Dorthe said...

They are really amazing with the texture you first prepare , looking so gorgeous, painted, and with the sentimental images, I love for Christmas .
Lovely to see your movie , too, Astrid. Thank you.

sarascloset said...

Oh, this is what I am talking about! Astrid, your timeworn style shines through with all it's brilliance on these 3 cards! Wow, how I adore those backgrounds; so rich with timeless elegance! Ooooh, la, la! I've run out of words to express my love of your trademark vintage style! I'm so happy you've linked these works of art up at Frilly and Funkie! So perfect for the Timeworn theme! Hugs! PS I think I have that stencil; I'm really going to have to give your steps a try, although I doubt they would come close to the patina you've achieved!

sarascloset said...

PS The video is a 'MUST SEE'!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely gorgeous Astrid. I adore the vintage feel and imagery and the textures are wonderful. I adore the vintage tones. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

froebelsternchen said...

Absolutely amazing - I love the slide show ..and the background looks like an old wall--- GORGEOUS!
Happy weekend dear Astrid!

Mischelle Smith said...

My first time visiting your bog. Oh yes, I am signing up! love the vintage feel and ideas I can actually use! thanks

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, these Christmas cards are amazing! The texture you created with the modelling paste and stencils is beautiful and I love the patina effect too 😀. The close up shots on your video are a perfect way to see and appreciate all the beautiful detail you created too - stunning! Someone is going to be very lucky to receive these wonderful cards 😁. Wishing you a lovely weekend! J 😊

Barbara Rankin said...

So much gorgeousness, Astrid. I always love your colors and creations. Happy holidays to you!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Completely gorgeous, and of course your texture is wonderful!

Redanne said...

The backgrounds you created are fabulous Astrid and I just love the patina effect you created and the vintage Father Christmas is so lovely! I really enjoyed seeing your video close-ups too! Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous - your textured backgrounds are such beautiful settings for the ephemera, images and die-cuts. I really like the DC patina, and again those hints of gilding make such a difference - a touch of faded glamour, perfect for a vintage Christmas look.
Alison x

Corrie Herriman said...

SO beautiful Astrid ! Thank you so much for participating in our Challenge over at Country View Challenges !
Corrie x

Jenny Marples said...

You always totally nail timeworn with your creations Astrid. The backgrounds are a feast for the senses and you intuitively know just how much to add to them to make the whole design on each positively sing. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

Cec said...

All the cards are gorgeous and so vintage looking. The texture with the crackle and colour added on top makes them all look very timeworn. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

SewPaperPaint said...

Astrid, I just adore your gorgeous texture and painty layers. Each card is a masterpiece and such an inspiration. Happy to see you getting all caught up. We're so thankful you shared in our Timeworn challenge at Frilly & Funkie. Hugs, Autumn

Jane said...

These are such a gorgeous set of vintage Christmas cards Astrid and perfect for our stencils challenge over at Country View. So many layers and textures too. Thanks so much for joining us, Jane xx

Holly M said...

These cards are breath-taking! I am always so blown away by your artwork.

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous vintage cards Astride, these and the next set. Textures and colours are stunning.
Avril xx

sarascloset said...

Yippeee! So happy to see your beautiful cards take the winner's spotlight at Frilly and Funkie! So well deserved, Astrid!

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