Friday, July 18, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight 2 for Nicecrane Design

Hello everyone, thank you so much for dropping past here today.
As some of you will know already, our sponsor this month is the wonderful Ignacio from Nicecrane Designs

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  He has the most gorgeous collage sheets for every taste. Being a vintage girl at heart I chose to work with one of the images from the Vintage French Postcards

Here is the project I made:

I started out with the idea of creating just a vintage tag, so I actually began with what I like to call a mop up tag, - (tag to use up inks on your craft sheet after doing something else)....

I cannot be sure anymore which colours I used exactly, I am guessing Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs and definitely some Peacock Feathers too. I chose it because the colours  kind of matched the image I had chosen to use. If you look carefully you can see there is also some text stamping in there, done with Picket Fence Distress Paint.

Here I added some more depth to the background by stenciling with two colours of Archival Ink, Potting Soil and Hydrangea through the Tim Holtz Doily stencil.

Time to start thinking about layering up the tag:

Another bit of leftover card and my chosen image, suitably distressed around the edges.
The turquoise bit of card was created using a cool technique of blending various colours of Archival Inks and then spritzing with some surgical spirit (rubbing alcohol) in a spritzer bottle and then melting various embossing powders over it. below is a close up sadly not showing all the metallic sparkle of the melted powders:

I used the strip as a kind of "belly band" and tucked the image underneath it, then embellished the tag with a flower and sentiment, a bit of trellis, a paper clay piece and a ribbon dyed in  colours picking up the turquoise colours in the image.

It all looked a bit bare somehow, so at that point I decided to make it into a card. I created two pieces to layer behind my tag:

A piece of Kraft core run through an embossing folder

A left over piece of Tim Holtz paper altered with some Picket Fence Distress Paint and Stamping and Kaisercraft Background stamps stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink.

And here finally is the finished card. As you can see, I added a few more flowers and lace, matted first on white then on Kraft and added a few more embellishments. Below a close up of the flower cluster still. The flowers were all altered with home made sprays to pick up some of the colours in the original French Vintage Postcard.

Hope you like my vintage card, and if you have not done so yet, please play along in our current challenge "Handmade Flowers and home dyed Ribbon" and you are in with a chance to win one of Nicecrane's wonderful collage image sets yourself!!

Thank you for visiting and please come back on the 22nd to see the Top Talent from our "Love those Leftovers"challenge!!


  1. oh, Astrid this is gorgeous!!! Love all the layers and colours.

  2. So many wonderful elements went into making this very beautiful card. Love the tag just on it's own.

    Chrissie x

  3. A lovely card is this... so beautiful arranged ... masterly done as always Astrid!

  4. Beautiful Astrid, love the embossing folder pattern very much. Fantastic card & as always am inspired by your flowers.

    Hope you still having a fantastic time with your Family:-) xxx

  5. Oh so gorgeous, Astrid. The backgrounds you created are just wonderful with those images and the added flower is the cake's icing! Always love the subtle whitish stamping on backgrounds and I need to remember to do that more often! Love this.

  6. As ALWAYS your creation is amazing, fabulous and pretty ..... Love all the details, love your tutorials, love your vintage style.... Yeahhhh.. LOVE it all ....
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from SPAIN..M

  7. Another beautiful creation!! Love everything about it! Have a great weekend!!

  8. Beautiful as always Astrid. Thanks for the inspiration

  9. Hi Astrid, This is so Beautiful... Love how you have the used the gorgeous image....Love it all... Hugs May x x

  10. Delicious inky colours on the tag, and the layers frame the vintage image so well. Lovely!
    Alison x

  11. So pretty and calming. Love it!

  12. A beautiful card Astrid!! Such gorgeous colour and I love that pretty belly band. The tag on its own was lovely and then you made it even better by making it into a card. You always inspire with your stunning creations!! ox

  13. That's an exquisite vintage card by Astrid, using a lovely image!! Coco x

  14. Beautiful creation, Astrid!! All of the elements you've brought together--Fabulous :) Love your flower spray--I can totally see the color of the young man's vest in that lovely bunch of blooms :) Lovely! XOXO-Shari T.

  15. Very pretty... love each layer of love you have put on here.... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  16. Love all the layers that have gone into creating this piece really like the colours and the build up on the base tag and the way you did the band of colour with the archival inks. Another great piece Dee x

  17. Astrid, the way you altered the TH paper is so beautiful in itself and then the gathering of flowers and image plus the mop it up tag - this card is a delight.

  18. I like your tag Astrid, but I Love your card. It never ceases to amaze me how you manage to achieve such stunning results with your colour build up. I like the words Belly Band! & mop up! they just make me smile. Mo x


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