Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight 2 with Tando

Welcome everyone and thank you for dropping by today. This is Astrid with a project for our second sponsor spotlight.

As you may know our sponsor this month is Tando Creative


I chose to work with the 4 arch set:
4 Arch Set

When they arrived I was surprised at how small they are, but in fact that makes them perfect as an embellishment for a special card. So this is was I made:

I happened to have a card blank triptych in my stash and thought it would be perfect to use the arches on.
First I started by adding some texture to the little arches themselves by adding some texture paste. I used Liquitex Stucco paste, which really is like stucco, I applied it with my fingers to the little frames.

You get 4 little arches in the pack, but I decided to use just two, so I have two more to play with another time. Below you can hopefully see the stucco effect a bit better:

When the stucco had dried I rubbed a Versamark pad over it and then embossed with 3 different embossing powders: Ranger Antiquities Rust, Verdigris and Walnut Stain.

I added a scrap of paper behind each and stamped a word too and adhered that to the little panels. For the middle of my card I cut a larger Arch out of mount board with the Tim Holtz Arch Frame die and gave it the same treatment.

Onto my card:
I covered it in 3 different colours of Fresco Finish Paints: Nougat, Stone and French Roast blending with both a baby wipe and some Kitchen roll until I was more or less happy with the effect:

I wanted a kind of aged and distressed wood effect but then decided that would be too distracting behind the arches so blended Distress Inks, Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs around the edges to tone it all down a bit.
I then did some some stamping, both with Picket Fence Distress paint and Plum Archival ink and then adhered my arches.

The Swirl stamps are from Stempel Glede, the scrip stamp from Darkroom Door. Below are some close ups of the panels still:

The word Live is part of a Kaisercraft stamp. I stamped it on a scrap from a mop up tag and outlined with a white gel pen. Not convinced that really worked, but too late now....

The central panel with a vintage photo from my stash and a metal embellishment.

And the final one done in the same way as the first.

Well, that's it, hope you like it, and if you have not yet participated in our challenge we all hope you will do so and you could win a fabulous prize generously provided by Tando Creative. You can read all about this month's challenge HERE

Thank you so much for visiting today and don't forget to come back on the 22nd to see the winner from last months challenge appear as our 'Top Talent'!


  1. Wow, this is gorgeous, love the arches and the making

  2. Wonderful way to use the srches Astrid.

    Chrissie x

  3. Love the aged feel you have created with the arches, Astrid! And especially loved seeing how you do your magic! Thanks for sharing!
    Claudia x

  4. Gorgeous work Astrid, Love the texture & fabulous colours... the arches are beautiful love how you have used them...great tutorial & inspiration... Hugs May x x

  5. Wonderful triptych Astrid. Fabulous textures and colours. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. Adore the fabulous texture on those little arches - looks so cool! What a great spotlight!
    Alison xx

  7. Oh wow! What a triptych Astrid. The antique look to those arches is fabulous. A fantastic spotlight piece. Jenny x

  8. an absolut gorgeous project dear Astrid! Love it! special this purple against the patina is such a great effect!

  9. The arches look great...such a lovely triptych Astrid!
    greetings, Alie

  10. Beautiful card, Astrid! I love the way you textured the arches. And, the background on the card is beautiful!

  11. Love the colouring and texture of your little arches Astrid, they really stand out on the background of your triptych. Mo x

  12. Love it, Astrid,- Love the stucco and rust effects, and the beautiful plum coloured swirl stamp ,too.
    It is such a beautiful card with the little arches altered to perfection.

  13. Stunning triptych, Astrid! Love the design and the arches do look just like they have been covered in stucco! Great look! Hugs!

  14. Wow, that's a fantastic project. Wonderful texture.

  15. A great work on ink and textures! Glad to follow your step by step experimentation.

  16. Fantastic textures, wonderful color palette and a triptych what more could I ask for! Stunning as usual Astrid:-) xxx

  17. this is just too beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Beautiful work as always Astrid!! Gorgeous colour and texture. Just brilliant!! ox

  19. How beautiful this project is Astrid! I love all of it but my favourite part is the stucco paste with the embossing powders - what a wonderful effect you've achieved.
    Julia xx

  20. Gorgeous creation, and great texture on the two little arches... Love them. Thank you for the detailed instructions! Coco x


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