Friday, October 10, 2014

Autumn Themed Card for As You See It Challenges

When I saw that As You See It Challenge #057 was an autumn theme, I groaned inwardly because I've been doing fall themed cards for it seems like weeks now and my inspiration is running kind of dry, but then I started thinking about it and I decided to do a layered collage background with emboss resist.  Kinda Eclectic was my choice because of the leaves that I love to emboss and some of the background elements as well.  I also dug out Gorgeous Grunge and Bordering Blooms for some help in the background.

I also found that Colour Throwdown Challenge #313 had some very fall-looking colours so I decided to use their swatch for this card as well.

Those are some very vibrant colours so I knew I'd need to tone them down a bit with a neutral and I chose Sahara Sand because its coolness works well with all those warm colours.

  • For the background, I sponged three of the four challenge colours on Whisper White in areas. The shades I used were Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.  Then I stamped some background images from Gorgeous Grunge, Kinda Eclectic and Bordering Blooms in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Sahara Sand.
  • I took the leaves image from Kinda Eclectic and stamped it in VersaMark Ink several times on top of the sponging and images.  I was going for a whirling leaves kind a pattern but it's hard to tell really.  I added some Clear Embossing powder and heat set it.  Then I stamped the leaves image a few more times around the outside edge and this time added Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool.  
  • The next step was to sponge over the whole panel with Blackberry Bliss Ink, then wipe the ink off the embossing.  You get leaf images, but you can see through them to the layers below when you wipe off the Blackberry Bliss.  The Gold embossing just stands out on its own.
  • I used the distressed label stamp from Everything Eleanor and inked it up in Sahara Sand and stamped it on Whisper White.  Then the sentiment from Kinda Eclectic was stamped on it in Blackberry Bliss and it was hand cut and mounted on the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Add a little linen thread bow and a Gold Basic Metal Button, and you have an out-of -the-ordinary Fall card!

I want to wish all my Canadian readers a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!  Eat lots of turkey and pumpkin pie and enjoy your families!  Thanks for dropping by today!

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  1. Such a cool technique! Inking up the bottom layer, clear embossing, embossing in a second colour and then covering the whole thing in yet another colour. It took me awhile of studying your card to get it, but the effect is outstanding. Beautiful card Heather.

  2. Thanks so much, Amanda! I was also admiring your page of Thanksgiving lettering!

  3. Very pretty! Love the rustic look! Thanks so much for playing the Color Throwdown this week!

  4. Oh my...your background is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I loooove the amazing blend of the challenge colors and the embossed leaves adds such an elegant touch!!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!

  5. What a gorgeous background you created! I love it so much!! Thanks for playing along at the Color Throwdown!

  6. Very pretty Fall design! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown.


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