Saturday, May 21, 2016

Gift set by Astrid

Hello lovely Shimmerz visitors, today I have a little gift set to share with you.
A card and matching bookmark for someone who loves reading...
This time I only used Shimmerz paints and no sprays at all, which is unusual for me as I love all the different Shimmerz sprays, but I thought it was time to make some of the yummy paints hold center stage.... Here are the ones I used:

Here's a quick run down of how I put all of this together:

I cut a piece of card to 7 x 7", created some texture with paste and a stencil and then painted with my chosen paints until I was happy with the effect. I blended the colours, using both a brush and a baby wipe and then spritzt with water to get a mottled effect.  I love the marbled effects the paints create over the textures in the background.

I then used some stamps, these are all from the Unforgettable set from Hot off the Press.
I coloured the stamped images with more of the paints using a fine brush and added highlights with some watercolour pencils and a white gel pen.
To create the main sentiment I cut a separate piece of card, coloured and then stamped it and then slightly curled it with the end of a paint brush.
I added a flower from my stash and here is the finished card, matted and layered onto some Kraftcard.
The matching bookmark is made out of two separate pieces:
I used one of Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies, added some more texture paste through a stencil and then coloured as before.
Here is the darker piece that was glued underneath.
Some stamped and fussy-cut butterflies to embellish.
And here is the finished bookmark.

As you can hopefully see, just 4 of these little pots of paint can give you some wonderful background effects!
Thank you for visiting like always and I hope that you like my project....


Annie said...

Your card and bookmark are beautiful Astrid x I love the gorgeous Shimmerz colours you have used.
Stunning effects accompanied by beautiful stamped images. The textures on the bookmark are fabulous and I am sure they will both be treasured by the recipient

Tfs and hugs
Annie x

Jackie P Neal said...

Wow Stunning Astrid!!
I love the names of those colors as much as I love the colors!! Gorgeous pieces!So much depth with your color layers!
Hugs,Jackie xx

Angela Radford said...

Gorgeous Astrid, what a great idea. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Dorthe said...

It is truly beauty, Astrid, love the colors, the wonderfully painted butterflies, and the gorgeous bookmark. what a beautiful gift to someone.

Bev Chapman said...

Beautiful work. Just ordered my shimmerz. Can't wait to get them.

Redanne said...

A stunning card Astrid, the background is gorgeous and I love the beautiful butterflies! The book mark is a lovely idea too. Anne x

Dots Dabbles said...

This looks gorgeous Astrid! Looove the colours and background effects - and it's a creative way to use the die.
Dot x

Helen Wallace said...

Gorgeous colours and textures and a unique way to use the die. Lovely work :D

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Your set is really breathtaking. Thanks for the progress photos.
Hugs Anja

Maryann Laursen said...

AAs always you´ve just made a masterpiece here, and it´s sooooo gorgeous. I LOVE the colors, you´ve used for it too, and it all looks really amazing and what a wonderful gift, it´ll be for someone.

Joi at RR said...

Oh how fun - to not only receive a card but a bookmark too. These are both just lovely Astrid. Love the lattice look on the bookmark too. What splendid creativity - as always - so inspiring. Xj

Barbara said...

These are all absolutely beautiful. I like them very much! :)

butterfly said...

Lovely feminine shabby chic - that bookmark is just gorgeous!
Alison x

Lynn Price said...

Well, I am quite late in commenting, but these are brilliant!! So love your work with these products, Astrid - very inspirational! xxx Lynn