Thursday, 26 September 2013

Faded Glory....

Hello everyone, Astrid here with my next project. Thank you for dropping by! I love the colours of Autumn as slowly but surely the glory of the warm summer this year starts to fade around us in nature. This time I would like to share two little projects with you:
They are both cards and as you can see, the colours of Autumn are prevalent.

For the first one I  wanted to play around with some textures and paints.
I used just two stamp sets from the Artistic Stamper,
The new Leaves set and the Numerical set, both from Katie Fox. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set.
I started by cutting a bit of mount board and adding some texture with Paper Artsy Grunge Paste.
Once that had dried I messed about with a variety of acrylic paints, including some Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints, until I was more or less happy with the result. I
 highlighted the raised bits a bit and added some stamping from the numerical plate in Archival Jet Black ink. I stamped one of the leaves on a separate bit of thin card, cut it out and then finished my panel by adding a bit of string, the leaf and my sentiment, also stamped on a separate bit of card.

I finished the card by mounting the panel onto a folded bit of Kraftcard and that was it.
Hope you like it and I apologize for the glare on the photo but it was getting dark already when I took them.

For the second card, I used texture as an important feature again, but this time using a texture folder (one of the new Spellbinders 3D Mbossabilities). This time I just used the leaves set.

I ran my card through the folder and then coloured with various colours of Distress Inks in Autumnal colours. Mainly Rusty Hinge and Barn Door with a bit of Gathered Twigs. I also used some Adirondack Dye Inks in Cranberry and Espresso. I then stamped the leaves and sentiment, using a technique I describe on my blog here if you are interested.

I mounted them on the card base with foam tape and then matted first on white and then Kraftcard.

Thank you for visiting and don't forget, there are still a few days left to take part in our Challenge where the theme this month is Autumn too.

30 comments:

Rita said...

Two beautiful creations Astrid. I have just finished an Autumn tag too, using leaves. TFS. Hugs Rita xxx

Margaret Mifsud said...

Exquisite cards Astrid. Love the textures and the colours, and the designs. Magic!! oxox

SHAWN said...

Love these, Astrid. The grunge paste is so cool. I must try it. Shawn

marda said...

These are beautiful Astrid. The Fall colors you've used are amazing. The quote has become a favorite of mine too.

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful project! Love the textures, the color and touch of gold is really amzing! BArbarayaya

Maryann Laursen said...

Soooooooooooo gorgeous as usual Astrid, and I love the colors you´ve used on it too, and that it has sooo much texture makes it look really amazing. Wonderful creation hun.

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

gorgeous projects, Astrid ! Love them, as usual !

inkypinkycraft said...

These are gorgeous autumnal makes and wonderful rich tones! Hugs xxtrace x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great project Astrid, I really love it, love your colour use, love the design, thanks for sharing !!!

Greetings
Maria

Sid said...

Super textures on these great cards !

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful autumnal colours and fabulous textures.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Annie said...

Both cards are fabulous Astrid. I love the texture of the first and the elegance of the second

TFS

Annie x

Aquarius said...

These are both beautiful - so right for an autumnal feel. Thanks for the detailed pics too.

Marianne said...

Great cards and such a beautiful colours. Love these warm autumncolours! Thanks for the lovely inspiration.
xxx Marianne

Redanne said...

Stunning colours and textures Astrid, both cards are wonderful! Hugs, Anne x

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous colours. They both look fabby ;)
xoxo Sioux

Sue C said...

Beautiful cards Astrid ! Just love the colours, so rich and warm. Gorgeous ! Sue C x

Maryanne said...

Beautiful cards, Astrid! They capture the colors and beauty of Fall so well. I love the sentiment on the second card.

Paper Profusion said...

You wouldn't need to light the fire if you put these on the mantel! Both gorgeously glowing and warm. Love that embossing folder on the 2nd - all your inking is superb. Nicola x

Fandhmum said...

These are both beautiful
Rosie x

May said...

Two stunning creations Astrid, Love the texture & fabulous blending of colours...The stamps are Beautiful... Love them both... Hugs May x x x

Marjie Kemper said...

These certainly are stunning... wow!!!

Terry said...

Both are true Autumn beauties! Love these cards!

annekescardart said...

Wonderful Astrid. Love it all together. Thank you for showing Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Dorthe said...

Oh those rich and wonderful colours of fall, so beautifully captured in both your cards, my dear Astrid,-
And the textures of embossing and paste, looks fantastic with the stamped leaves and other great stamps.
They show both fall in its most beauty!!
Hugs -Dorthe-xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Rich and warm perfect for an Autumnal evening.
Wonderful texture.
Wishes
Lynne

Jennie Atkinson said...

Two fabulous pieces Astrid - I just love all those textures and the colour combinations are just stunning!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

These are stunning, such beautiful colours!

butterfly said...

Two amazing cards from Astrid - colour, texture, stamping - all completely glorious!
Alison x

Dianne said...

Two pieces of art work called cards, stunning colors and texture, they are gorgeous, thanks for sharing..