Friday, 7 September 2018

Back to Nature challenge at A Vintage Journey

Hello friends, - it's the first Friday of the month and that means there's a new challenge starting at A Vintage Journey

The lovely Jennie is our host and this is what she had to say about her chosen theme:
This month we are asking you to celebrate natural elements in your project. Think real nature in terms of twigs, dried flowers, shells or pebbles or perhaps stamps and stencils depicting these wonderful elements. Immerse yourself in the colours of the seasons whether they be bright or muted and create a project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I decided to pull out some of my Tim Holtz goodies and created a large card:
I built the card layer by layer and started with a panel using the 3D wood grain texture fade and coloured with a mix of Oxide and normal Distress Inks.
After that I got caught up in the process and forgot to take step out photos, but I think it's quite easy to see how it all came together, so I won't write a long tutorial....
The central panel is a piece of design paper to which I added some texture, Design Tape and background stamping.
I then used the Flower Jar stamps and dies to create my little flower arrangement. They were stamped in black archival and coloured with Distress Markers.
The little ticket was the smallest of the postage stamps Thinlets dies, and the word is is made with letters from another Tim die.
I created another panel using the Botanical Texture Fade, sanded it down a bit and then wrapped some string around it and added a number brad.
I added some white splatters and then chose this "Snarky Comment" to finish it all off, - it seemed suitable as when I started I really had no idea where this was all going....
Well, that's it from me, - thanks for coming by here, and if you have not been yet, to hop over to A VINTAGE JOURNEY to see what my talented teamies have created, and like always we would love it if you play along with our challenge.
Happy September
xxxxx


20 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What a fantastic card, love all the details and the vintage look. Nature is such a lovely theme. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

Nikki Acton said...

This is gorgeous Astrid!!! Fabulous design, layers and colour combination. You might have just reignited my mojo!!! Xx

Annie said...

Love your large card Astrid and the amazing textured backgrounds look super x The paper and then the florals work so well, finished off with the word and sentiments....perfect xx Like you I was taken on another journey by Mr Mojo !!

Have a great weekend
Annie xx

butterfly said...

Scrumptious woodgrain and your little jar of flowers is just delightful. The words made me laugh - seems to be how all my crafting goes at the moment... I've forgotten where everything is and how everything works! But this layered card turned out beautifully in the end. Love that looped twine with the number brad too.
Alison x

Sara Barker said...

Oh, boy! Astrid, as much as I love your typical style, this has got to be one of my favorites from you! I really love how you've layered those 3D panels,and your wood is some of the finest I've seen so far! Wish I were a butterfly flitting around your craft room when you made this, to learn all your secrets! What great details, too! I especially love the string! Brilliant card! Hugs!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow Astrid ! your card is just stunning! The wood panel is amazing and looks so real with the combination of inks. Gorgeous layers and then the most delightful and delicately coloured jar of flowers. Such a fabulous interpretation of our theme Back to Nature this month. Jennie x

brenda said...

As always a stunning creation Astrid and really like that woodgrain effect in the background.

B x

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful card, Astrid! I love the jar of flowers!

Dorthe said...

So beautiful with the flower jar bursting with lovely painted flowers, and that 3D wood grain, is stunning Astrid.
Hugs, Dorthe

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Stunning piece Astrid, I would never have thought to use a dark background against the wood grain panel but the contrast is so effective. The addition of the twine and brads are embellishment perfection. I've resisted those jar/flower stamps and dies for a while I may need them in my life now!!
Thank you for sharing this marvellous piece.
Creative Hugs & wishes Tracey xx

Redanne said...

Your card is fabulous Astrid, the bouquet of flowers is just gorgeous and I love the wonderful background you created - vintage and beautiful. The snarky comment is brilliant - and it really did make me smile - thank you! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Fabulous layers and textures, it is a gorgeous card. Its a beautiful jar of flowers and the words made me smile as well.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

I need to use my embossing folders I guess I haven't used them in a long time and your card really reminds me of what cool things you can do with them. And then that pop of just a little bit of color in the flowers-it is a pleasant surprise. The layering is pretty nice too. Happy weekend Astrid. Hugs-Erika

Helen Wallace said...

Another beauty from your craft table Astrid. I'm not great at using neutral, darker colours, but you make it look easy. So many tiny details which add to the magic of the whole piece. A new fave for me. x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, such an amazing make! When I first looked at it I thought it was hand sewn, it is so beautifully detailed 😁. I love the texture that you created and the flowers are stunning! I hope you have had a lovely week, we've been busy getting ready for visitors that are staying for week, they arrive today. Happy weekend! J 😊 x

A Pink said...

I do so LOVE this! Astrid . Your. fabulous 3D texture fade layers coupled with your altered design paper make for such a perfect backdrop for your gorgeous flower arrangement . You have showcased Tim products so so beautifully .

Have a lovely weekend
hugs x

Jackie PNeal said...

Astrid,
such a beautiful card! I just love that woodgrain and the vase/bottle with flowers...the flowers remind me of the goldenrod and asters that are in the fields right now.
Hope your autumn is arriving gently with warm days and blue skies!
Jackie xo

Margaret Mifsud said...

Your card is stunning Astrid! I love the background! The woodgrain looks so real and I love the texture and stamping you added to the central panel. Your little jar of flowers is so gorgeous and I love the 'Snarky' comment .. such fun!! hugs xx

froebelsternchen said...

This large card or page - simply wonderful ... I really love all about it dear Astrid!

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Astrid, love the layers and textures and your lovely floral arrangement was the perfect finishing touch. Not sure about the sentiment though because you very clearly do know what you are doing, this is fab! Hugs, Deb xo

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