Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mixed Media Monthly - Show us your super power

Hello all and happy April!! This moth at Mixed Media Monthly we want you to show us your super power.....
Well to be honest, I did not find this an easy topic, so I decided I would let myself be inspired by nature, for to me, there is nothing more powerful then the magic Nature can display, especially at this time of the year.
Our sponsor this month is Stampers Anonymous, the winner will get a set of Bret Wedele stamps and he is our guest designer too this month.

Here is our grapic for this month's challenge, - be sure to include it if you are going to play along.


I decided to make a butterfly the central feature of my project, for butterflies certainly display super power when they emerge from their chrysalis at this time of year. Below a few step by step photos:
I started by putting down some texture through a couple of stencils, the one on the left is by Tim Holtz, the one on the right by Paper Artsy.

Next I added colour with my Oxide Distress Inks, pressing colour down on my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dipping and drying until I was happy with the results. Those inks certainly display super powers too, I just love them and they inspire me to step right out of my colour comfort zone...

I added some background stamping, using a couple of Wendy Vecchi background stamps, stamped in white acrylic paint. Raised bit were highlighted with normal Distress Ink.

I cut my butterfly from card coloured with Oxides, using a Spellbinder die.
I gathered some further embellishments and then put it all together. Below a few close ups:

A flower cluster,coloured with Victorian Velver Distress Ink and for the leaves using a variety of dies  cut from scraps of the same card the butterfly was cut from.
The word highlighted with some chipped sapphire distress ink.
And here at last, the finished card. The sentiment is one of the new Tim Holtz quote chips.

Well that's it for now. Hope you will decide to play along with our challenge and be sure to hop over, get all the details of the challenge and see what my awesome teamies have created to inspire you! All you need to do is click HERE

Thanks for your visit here today, always much appreciated because I realise how busy everyone is...
xxxxx

37 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic card, love all the details, Valerie

chrissie said...

This is stunning Astrid and always great when you show how you made the project. Lots of wonderful ideas as inspiration

Love Chrissie xx

Evelyn Walter said...

Wonderful card, Astrid! Love the pastell colors!

Monika Gulyas said...

Wow Astrid! This card is sooo beautiful! I love your design and your soft colours! xx

Patty O'Malley said...

I love this card, Astrid! Simply fabulous!

Designs by Maria {MLCD} said...

Great example on how to use the distress oxides!!! STUNNING to say the least...tfs! xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just WONDERFUL Astrid! A fabulous card!

Jackie P Neal said...

WOW! This absolutely speaks spring, almost summer Astrid! Gorgeous textures, colors and layers! Your mojo is so back and in full swing! I love it!
huge hugs,Jackie

Dorthe said...

Astrid it is absolutely beautiful, lovely, lovely color tones, I can see you like to play with the new ones, :-), and the whole card, is so wonderful, in these kind of shiny tones . Love it . xox

Hazel Agnew said...

Loving your Oxides playing Astrid. What a wonderful piece and homage to nature! X

Aurora Marco said...

Gorgeous card! Love it!

Team Clark said...

Astrid, this topic has me scratching my head too, but I'm so glad to see that you went with your real super power: making amazing dimensional background! Wow! This is super stunning and I'm so inspired to play! Happy spring, Autumn

Redanne said...

Oh wow Astrid, the background you created with the Oxides is gorgeous!! I love the stencilling too and the flowers you added have such a wonderful colour tone. Beautiful work, I love this! Hugs, Anne xx

Urban Mermaid said...

Wow! What a beautiful piece. You achieved great depth of texture with those stencils.

Brenda Brown said...

Wonderful layering and colour blends Astrid. This is a beautiful project xxx

Helen Wallace said...

Absolutely superb; I agree with nature being the super power and butterflies too, as they emerge from the cocoon. Beautiful colours and textures and I can't wait to get my hands on some oxide inks.

Maryann Laursen said...

I am totally in love with this card here Astrid, it is soo beautiful and in such amazing colors, and right up my alley here, that´s for sure. I really love what you´ve done here.

Julia Aston said...

What wonderful texture and colors on this Astrid - love the spring colors, the butterfly and beautiful blooms in the corner! Julia xx

Courtney said...

Another gorgeous project! Awesome texture, colors, and that butterfly...xoxox!! I love nature and think it is a great inspiration as well.

Sandy said...

I only wish you had a video doing this - absolutely gorgeous Astrid - one of my favorite makes ever if not my very favorite. I love it and do appreciate you sharing how you did this!!
Sandy xx

Corrie Herriman said...

So good they force you out of your comfort zone as this is stunning !
Corrie x

Sara Barker said...

Wow, Astrid, you really reached in for your super powers and made this beautiful card...truly my favorite of yours and yes, quite different from your usual color palette. Love this shabby card and your STUNNING background! Hugs!

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is a magical look at Spring and nature! Chrisx

Daria C. said...

Your work is so beautiful. TFS.

Mrs.B said...

This looks absolutely fabulous, love the embossed background and gorgeous colours too.
Avril x

Cheetarah said...

Beautiful as always Astrid! And am inspired to play with my newly bought Oxides even more :) xo Cheetarah

Made for an Angel said...

Great message here, lovely colors.Elli

Aimeslee W. said...

Just beautiful, the chalky pastel look is perfect with the gorgeous texture and collage pieces. xoxo

catherine said...

This is beautiful Astrid and just love the way you have used the inks for thoise lovely soft colours
catherine

Shades of Royalty said...

i love the soft color palette

WendyK said...

Beautiful card Astrid, love all the textures and colours.

ionabunny said...

Great depth on that texture paste and I love your bright pastels. Gorgeous piece. Hugz

butterfly said...

How lovely - the Oxide colours work beautifully over that fabulous texture, and I love the simple layering onto the kraft card. Delightful!
Alison x

Daria said...

Such a beautiful piece. Thank you for describing the process.

Torsa Saha said...

Fabulous project!! Love the colors most 😍😍

Corine Cara said...

It's so beautiful !

Sandee Setliff said...

LOVE that background!

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