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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Changing Colours of Autumn (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of projects to share using the new stamp sheets of the month for November.

My first card uses the lovely artichoke stamp from the Mellow Fruitfulness stamp set. I stamped the image onto smooth watercolour paper and then masked the image before adding a thistle image from the Wild Meadow stamp set. I added some texture in two corners of the background using a stencil and some texture paste. I coloured the background using dye based inks, and then stamped an image from the Harlequin Fragments stamp set over the top. I added some metallic wax to the stencilled area for a bit of interest. I coloured the stamped image using pencils. I stamped a sentiment from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set in one corner, and then added some plum shading around the edges of the background, before matting the whole thing onto purple card.

My second project was made using an oval cut from smooth watercolour paper, onto which I stamped and embossed the row of trees from the Autumn Edges stamp set. I used black ink and a clear embossing powder for a nice crisp image. I then used various tones of Distress Ink, and washed the colour loosely over the background with a large brush and some water. Once this was dry, I added deeper tones for shading, and blended it with a water brush. I added lots of little dots in Autumn tones to the grassy area to resemble leaves. I stuck the oval to a large kraft card blank.

I stamped the row of open leaves several times onto scraps of paper that I had left over from other projects. Some papers I had coloured myself, and some papers were ready made scrapbook papers, but I chose colours that were suitably Autumnal. I cut the leaves out and arranged them in a pleasing fashion around the edge of the image, before sticking them down. Finally, I added a sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear stamp set. 

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


  1. These are so pretty. I particularly like the 'gentle' colours of the top one

  2. Both of these are lovely, I really like the masking and stencilling on the first one.

  3. Beautiful cards Judith. The colors on the artichokes are perfect. Also love the design on your second card. The leaves look lovely framing the focal piece.
    Hugs, Flo xx

  4. Both cards are stunning , great images and colours !!!
    Have a nice weekend!!Mariaxx

  5. Two really great cards Judith. I love the artichoke image, I grow them in my veg patch, but never eat them because I love the flowers so much!I love the stemcilled elements and lovely soft colouring. The watercoloured background to your trees is super. Great idea to add spots of colour too. The cutting of the leaves must have taken ages, but well worth the effort as they frame your main image beautifully. Elaine xxx

  6. Beautiful cards both Judith but my favourite has to be the first one. Love the image and it's so beautifully coloured. Nice texture to the background too! Lovely little treescape framed by the leaves on your second card.

    Lesley Xx

  7. Two lovely cards using the two new stamp sets. The background looks so pretty with tbe stamping and stencilling, and nice muted colours. The beautiful leaves look great framing that autumn scene with the trees and the kraft card is the perfect card base. x

  8. Absolutely lovely cards.. Both different but very beautiful!! Coco x

  9. The artichoke is perfectly complemented by your use of Wild Meadow's thistle stamp & I love the way you picked out the shape with the background stencilling. Your muted pencil colouring is perfectly matched by the soft dye inks & that touch 'zing' added with the plum shading. As for your autumnal card with the wreath of leaves accenting the autumn leaf dots fallen from the trees - that is my favourite though it was a hard choice between the two
    Paula (PEP)

  10. Wunderschön, die Bäume mit Blättern eingerahmt.
    Ich bin begeistert...
    Auch die Artischocke sieht fantastisch aus mit dem feinen Hintergrund. Excellent!

    Sophie xx

  11. Original colourcombinations that really let the stamps show in a great way!


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