Happy fall, crafters! This and spring are my favorite seasons – you can literally see the passage of time, the changing of seasons, and even more important: finally the oppressive summer heat is gone!
Of course, one of the most wonderful side effects of warm days and cold nights are the colorful leaves on the trees and strewn across grassy plains. And even though I was afraid I was going to end up with a terrible mess, I decided to whip out my watercolors and the beautiful Hero Arts Autumn stamp set for a fall card.
I inked up each stamp with numerous different distress inks. I made sure to only combine colors which would blend pleasantly with each other and not result in brown puddles of color. I can recommend the following color combos:
- Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive
- Spiced Marmelade, Dried Marigold, Aged Mahogany
Once I had stamped them onto my heavy Hahenmühle Britannia water color card stock (love the texture!), I let it dry for a few minutes to ensure that enough ink had seeped into the paper so I wouldn’t “erase” a line completely when adding water. With a very fine brush – I’d recommend a #1 or #2 – I added some water close to the outer border of the leaves and then touched the tip of the brush against the stamped line and dragged the color out. By wetting the area close to the leaf first, the colors blended out super smoothly.
After I was done, I loaded up my brush with some gold watercolor from Kuretake and flicked against the brush to produce those gold splatters. The frame was cut from the same watercolor card stock with the Sunshine die by Wplus9 and mounted with some foam tape – after I had adhered vellum with the heat embossed sentiment to the backside of the frame.
And of course as a finishing touch, I added a few sequins in fall colors by Pretty Pink Posh. You could leave the card as is, but I just wanted to add a little more sparkle because the sequins reminded me of the light reflexes you see on leaves with dewdrops in the early morning.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed the project and have a wonderful fall day, wherever you are!