As hard as it is to believe Fall is upon us and in some parts of the country winter has actually arrived early. I’m always in awe of the amazing colors that fill our world during this time of the year. The lush green leaves from summer are now turning into bold shades of red and orange leaving just a hint of green behind. Before we know it, the leaves will be gone and along with it the brilliance of the Fall landscape. In the spirit of the beautiful colors of the season along with an inspirational card contest from Art Impressions Stamps, I spent time yesterday making a card depicting the colors of red, orange and gold and adding just a sprinkle of green to say farewell to summer.
The pumpkins were stamped with Timber Brown Staz On and colored with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The tendrils of the pumpkins were highlighted with the Glitter Gelly Roll pen by Sakura. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was used around the edges. I’m always drawn to leaf shapes, so I decided to enhance the card with some hand painted leaves. Since I’m not an artist the course of action I took was to pull out some white card stock and randomly paint a variety of Twinkling H20s on the sheet. I set it aside to dry. My leaf punch was used for the shapes. They are so pretty in person, each leaf has a different color combination with a slight twinkle because of the paint that was used. A small glue dot was adhered to the back of each leaf and the edges were fluffed to add a little dimension.
Recently I purchased a 100 yard spool of white Hug Snug and knew this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at dying the rayon seam binding. Several shades of green reinkers were tested, but Mellow Moss was the winner by a landslide. I must admit the process was quite easy and the results were just beautiful. What took me so long to try this??? If you’ve been hesitant to try your hand at this dying technique have no fear, it’s easy, cost-effective and the results are spectacular. I would highly recommend it.
Participating in the Art Impressions card contest is something I wanted to try my hand at, so it was fun to begin with the color scheme and see where it would lead me. I must admit I was skeptical at first to use gold on the card because I was unsure if it would make it too gaudy, but adding the 3 small brads on the band actually added to the overall design and I was happy with that addition.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new obsession with Art Impressions stamps. I was looking for something new in the stamp world and quite by accident ran into Bonnie’s tutorials and website. Her company has been around for years, but her techniques and stamps were all new to me. Even though Bonnie has a plethora of images, I was drawn to the Watercolor Series stamps. I ordered the catalog so I could take my time and decide where I wanted to begin. With the enormous selection of stamps offered I knew I had to use some self-discipline when placing my first order. After careful consideration, I decided on the Watercolor 4 Series, some LePlume Markers along with a few extras to work with. I can’t tell you how wonderful Bonnie is to work with and her artistic talent is amazing. My package arrived quickly and a special surprise was enclosed, the 3 pumpkin stamp. Needless to say this was my stamp of choice for the monthly Art Impressions Contest and my starting point.
Pumpkin Stamp from Art Impressions Stamps
Hug Snug Seam Binding (purchased from the Zipperstop here)
Card stock and paper from SU
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Reinker from SU
Odorless mineral spirits (aka Gamsol)
Timber Brown Staz On Ink
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Leaf punch – Tonic Studios
Gold brads – Hobby Lobby I think
Twinkling H20s (love these)
Gelly Roll Glitter Pen by Sakura
Thanks for visiting and many blessings to you this Fall season.