Monday, 26 November 2012

Let it Snow...




Hello everyone, Astrid here with my second project for November.

I seem to have fallen in love with the colours blue and brown, not exactly traditional for Christmas projects, but for some reason I can't seem to get away from them.....
For my second project this month  I decided to make a piece of Christmas wall art.
I used the following stamps for my project:
Mini Christmas 1
Christmas Greetings 1 and
Music# 011
I started by taking a piece of 5.5 by 4" smooth white card and coloured it by putting some Distress Stains in Tarnished Brass, Bundles Sage and Picket Fence on my craft sheet and swiping my card stock through it several times. I then coloured it further  with some  Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw. I  crumpled it all up, roughly flattened it again and then dried it with my heatgun. I then ran it through an embossing folder from my stash and darkened the embossed bits some more.
The next step was to colour a small canvas board with Pains Grey acrylic paint, it's called grey but is actually blue. I'm pretty sure you would get a very similar effect with Sapphire Blue Distress Stains, but I don't have that one. Before it had dried I dabbed it with a piece of kitchen towel to get a textured effect and when it was dry I  stamped some of the little snowflakes from the Christmas Greetings 1 plate in white by using the Picket Fence Distress Marker. Love how they slowly start to appear against the dark background. I embellished the background with a strip of canvas tape, stamped with the music stamp and some lace.
The final steps were to stamp some of the Christmas stamps from the two plates I used on smooth card, cutting them out and colouring them with the same colours of Distress Inks. Next I cut theTim Holtz Decorative Snowflake Rosette Die, slightly inked and glittered with some Diamond Stickles. I ran the topper through a little snowflake embossing folder in my stash to give it some more texture and then I put it all together as you can see on the photo.
Thank you for dropping by, - I hope you liked my project and feel inspired to use some of the wonderful Artistic Stamper Christmas stamps for your own Christmas projects.

16 comments:

craftimamma said...

This is lovely ~Astrid! I love the 'postcard' collage and that Merry Christmas scroll is gorgeous. The snowflake background. Dabbing with the towel has creeated a lovely textured look.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sandie Edwards said...

Beautiful, you certainly inspire me to try stamping Astrid!

Sue said...

Hello Astrid.
I love the Christmas Wall Hanging. It has an asymmetrical balance, with enough variety in the design to create unity. Your Father Christmas image, is the visual object that achieves this in the design; correct placement. You have flow and movement not only in your BG which has a pure Hue, but also within the main image where you have used shades and tints of the same value by placing them close together, and using the ribbon Merry Christmas Stamp to complete the effect.
It is just gorgeous.
Smiles:)
Sue

isisimaginings.com said...

Lovely!

Ephemera said...

Fantastic Astrid that blue/brown colour combination is beautiful. Love the embossed postcard and jolly Santa. XX

Caroline said...

WOW this is gorgeous love it. Caroline xxx

Maryann said...

Absolutely gorgeous project here again Astrid. And blue is my favorit color and I sooo love this too.

Deborah said...

Brown, with a touch of blue, was my school uniform so it's not my favourite combo lol. But they look fabulous together here.

Netty said...

Loving your choice of colours Astrid and its a beautiful hanging, Annette x

Bärbel said...

Der Hänger ist wunderschön anzusehen, alles passt perfekt zusammen, großartig!

Dora said...

You do wonderful things :) Thank you. Dora

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful hanging!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very beautiful Astrid.
Great details and colors.
Greetings Janny

butterfly said...

Well, if blue + brown is your Christmas combo, you won't find me complaining! This is utterly lovely. The Picket Fence snowflakes in the background are so delicate and delicious...
Alison x

Marisa Job said...

Just beautiful!! Great details and the color combination is perfect!!

Artyjen said...

Love the richness of the colours
xoxo Sioux