Friday 27 July 2018

Creative card making with Astrid

Hello lovely visitors, it's Astrid here and today it is my turn to make a card and have a quick tutorial here on the blog, so, let's get to it....
Here first of all, is my finished card. I pulled out some of my new and old Tim Holtz stash and will give you  a quick step out below:
I started by cutting a piece of 4 x 7 card and brayered some Antique Linen, Stormy Sky and Frayed Burlap  Distress paint all over it, spritzing with water until I was happy with the effect.
Next I took the text stamp of the Entomology stamp set to add further interest to the background.
Then I cut a piece of design paper from the Memoranda paper stash to 2.5 by 5.5"  and blended some watered down gesso over it, again using my brayer.
While the paper was still slightly damp I ran part of it through the botanical 3D embossing folder and then inked the raised bits with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
For the focal part of the card I decided to play with my new Alcohol Lift ink. I created a background with different colours of Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper (mostly Cranberry and Black) and then inked up one of the stamps from the Lady Rose stamp set with the Lift Ink. On the right you can see what happened after I first dabbed with a piece of kitchen roll and then polished it to finish. The lifted alcohol ink on the stamp, was then stamped onto a piece of white card stock on the left, and that was the piece I decided to use.
 Below you can see how I finished it all off:
I tore around the edges of the stamped image and coloured it with brush markers.
I also added some strips of design tape, stamped around the background layer with one of the stamps from the Ornate Trims stamp set, wrapped some twine between the layers and added a sentiment.
Some stitching and mounting on a Kraft Card base finished it all off.
Well, that's it from me for today. Thank you for visiting and remember there is still time to play in our current challenge!
Have a great weekend


  1. Beautiful card Astrid. Thank you for such an explicit tutorialtoo. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. A soft and elegant card Astrid and lovely to see the new Tim Holtz Alcohol "Lift" inks in play. Lovely work.

  3. Gorgeous card, Astrid! The idea for the embossed element is brilliant!

  4. Such a beautiful card! I loved following along to see how you created it using the different techniques and all those layers looks so amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Friday! J 😊 x

  5. Such beautiful card , I love the effect of the damp embossed paper , Astrid - Hugs, Dorthe xx

  6. Your card is beautiful Astrid, you really did get a fantastic result with the Alcohol Lift technique! I enjoyed your tutorial too. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Beautiful card, Astrid! You did an amazing job with the Lift Off, and your rose image is so lovely layered over the stamped and embossed panels. The stitching detail adds an extra punch! Great tutorial! Hugs!

  8. Another gorgeous creation here Astrid, and as always your explanation is sooo clear and easy to follow. Thanks soo much for always explaining things sooo well, and the result is just amazing and so beautiful.

  9. Your card is so gorgeous! Astrid. Love the colour ways of your brayered background , the 3D embossing looks super ,your Alcohol lift Rose is a beauty and your finishing touches are the perfect additions .

    Thanks for sharing a vintage beauty and a great step out .

  10. A fabulous card and tutorial Astrid! Amazing!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous card Astrid! Love the colour palette and the lift ink technique looks fabulous!! Wonderful tutorial as well! hugs xx

  12. Love that delicately brayered background, and the roses make a beautiful central image. What a gorgeous stamping colour from the alcohol lift technique - lovely card!
    Alison x

  13. Beautiful layers on this lovely card Astrid - love that embossed pieced and the lift ink rose stamping! Julia xx

  14. Awesome layering and colors Astrid, in your amazing signature style! What a beauty! Hugs, Autumn

  15. Gorgeous card :) love the colors & layering. Thanks for the pictorial. I enjoyed reading it xoxo

  16. What a beautiful card! Glad I didn't miss this! Chrisx

  17. Hello Astrid

    As always your work is stunning. You are so gifted. Enjoy France (keep safe).

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx