Saturday, 26 April 2014

Celebrating Spring by Astrid

Hello everyone and lovely to have you visiting!
Hope you all had a good Easter!
For my second project this month I decided to make a little Springtime hanger.
I took one of the Paper Mache Icons, this one is the 20.2 x 10 x 1.3 cm one. First I added some texture with the help of a Tim Holtz and a  Crafters Workshop stencil, the Gothic Romance one and some Grunge Paste, when that was dry I gave it a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint. Then for a more grungy look I added some Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint.
Hard to see on the photo, but if you look closely you can see the crackle. It's much bigger on the heart, because I put it on more thickly. I also added some texture to the sides in the same way.


Next I added some colour, I decided to use some of the new Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks. I used Dandelion,Cornflowers, a tiny bit of Leaf Green, Tree Branch and Potting Soil. I applied it using some make up sponges. I also did some background Stamping using the Calligraphic Mat 12 stamp and stenciling using Watering Can.
Time to add a vocal point. I decided it had to be a butterfly from the Butterflies and Insects set.
Sometimes it works better to add background colour first before stamping your image and then colouring it afterwards, so I prepared a bit of smooth stamping paper with some Dandelion Archival ink and some home made gold shimmer spray.
I then stamped my chosen  butterfly, fussy cut it and adhered it to the panel, after darkening the centre a little bit with a Walnut Stain Distress Marker
Some flowers, Tim Holtz chip board letters and chit chat stickers finished it all off.
Hope you like my hanger and don't forget, there are a few days left still to join in our challenge, Embossing and Texture.

Have a happy inky day


32 comments:

Dots Dabbles said...

This is a great hanger!!! Love the step x step - I might give this a go!!! So beautiful...
Dot x

massofhair said...

Great Tag, love the layers and textures, adds so much interest. Great tutorial.

Congrats on your TH blogworthy link, well deserved:-) xxx

Janny said...

Wow great tag. Janny

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Awesome tag, Astrid! love the texture in background

Terry said...

So beautiful, Astrid! Love that crackled heart, really do. It just reaches out to the eyes! Beautiful spring hanging! Hugs and congrats again!

scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Astrid
Gorgeous panel the Heart looks amazing.
Smiles:)
Sue

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful project Astrid!! Love the texture and colors!! Great instructions too!!

Ruth said...

Beautiful, love the colours and texture.

rachel said...

stunning Job Astrid - this is so very beautiful xx

Chris Warner said...

Love the feel of this Astrid, great texture! Chris xxx

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow Astrid! This project is stunning! I love the beautiful background and the crackled heart!

Suzi B said...

I love this Astrid, colour, texture well everything :-)
Suzi B x

Suzi B said...

I love this Astrid, colour, texture well everything :-)
Suzi B x

May said...

Gorgeous creation Astrid, Love the texture & background stamping & colours... Love the tutorial... Have a happy weekend... Hugs May x x

Redanne said...

The background colour looks beautiful with those Wendy inks. I love the gorgeous crackling and of course, that stunning butterfly! Anne xx

Dorthe said...

Your colour tones are so beautiful, and given extra power from the flowers in the corner, LOVELY !
Love the crackled heart and your background , oh ,oh,oh so wonderful ,dear Astrid .
xo, Dorthe

Ros Crawford said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!

Paper Profusion said...

Beautiful piece Astrid. Incredible texturising and inking. I love how all your elements come together to compose an amazing artwork. Nicola x

Sandy said...

So very pretty Astrid - I love it that you tell us how you accomplished this!
Sandy xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is just gorgeous Astrid - I love the textures and the grunge paste flower is just stunning. Jennie x

isisimaginings.com said...

I love every detail of this, it is so beautiful.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I just love those blended colours! The crackled heart and your beautiful butterfly are simply fabulous! Chrisx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! xxx

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

Pretty! Thanks for sharing

butterfly said...

Absolutely beautiful, Astrid - that textured heart built into the icon is simply glorious, and the colours - as always - are gorgeously blended, creating a fresh, springtime sky for your lovely butterfly to flutter in - wonderful!
Alison xx

Almo said...

A beautiful project Astrid,a great combination of textures. Mo x

Marianne said...

SOOOO beautiful!!!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really love all texture you have created and the colours are fab xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A breathtaking creation, wonderful texture.

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

WOW this is beautiful with the colours and the texture (great minds and all that .... I was working with that same stencil this weekend!)
What a stunning creation Astrid.
Wishes
Lynne

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh Wow!!!! This is so lovely!! The colour is awesome. Just love the way you blend them together and I love your embellishments too!! A stunning piece as always Astrid!! ox

Buttons said...

Beautifully stencilled and painted Astrid. Jenny x