Now, I once knew a man who got depressed when autumn came. When I asked him about it, he said it was because "it only means that winter is coming." Terribly unfortunate for him, to have that reaction to such a beautiful time of year.
Anyway, I decided to do some autumn cards, and I came up with a Thanksgiving (or just a thank you) card that I am really happy with.
This card's inspiration comes from the little gold colored panel. I started with a piece of cream cardstock, and hand colored it with a direct to paper technique, using Mostly Mustard and Crumb Cake inks (SU). Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder, and re inked it with more crumbcake ink, hitting only the raised portions.
I backed it with a panel of gray card stock , colored with more crumbcake ink and edged with Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and added some white brads that I colored to look cream with a copic marker (E53).
The background was stamped with my Inkadinkadoo flourish stamps in Versamark ink, then wet embossed in clear embossing powder. Then, more crumbcake ink to make it all pop.
The leaves were the super fun part for me. I grabbed scraps of designer paper AND the piece of scrap paper that was under the cardstock I did my hand coloring on, and punched leaves with my Fiskars leaf punch.
The scrap leaf looks like this--
I did MORE direct to paper on the rest of the leaves, making them bright but streaky and worn looking. Doing the direct to paper AFTER punching helped to give the edges more presence, and I didn't have to go back and add edging on each leaf with a sponge dauber later.
They looked just a bit flat to me, so I grabbed my Delicata gold ink, and hit them all with that. WOW! what a difference! Lots of life, and a wonderful little shimmer and glow.
I curled the leaves around a pencil, with some edges going forward, and some going back, and I adhered them by adding tape only to the places where the leaf hit the surface, so lots of edges were loose, and lots of texture was visible.
The label was made with memento Espresso Truffle ink on a stamp by inkadinkadoo, and punched with an SU punch. I punched a second label out of Kraft card stock, edged it in the same ink, and cut it in half to add a backing to the sentiment piece. That was added with some foam tape for some dimension.
Here's a close-up of that--
All in all, I really like this one, especially because of the shiny stuff!
I hope your autumn is a beautiful one, and that you are getting wonderful inspiration from Nature at its finest!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: Cardstock-GinaKDesigns, Bazzill Basics; Embellishments- Recollections(brads)Ink-Tsukineko Memento and Delicata, Stampin'Up, Studio G, Copic Marker; Papers, Me & My big Ideas, My Mind's Eye; Stamps- Inkadinkadoo; Tools-Stampin' Up and FIskars punches, Scor Buddy, Cuttlebug machine and embossing folder.