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Friday, 21 November 2014

Falling Leaves (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, my projects today show how well the various stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque mix together. I have chosen to use stamps from the Nature Table stamp set alongside the Autumn Edges stamp set on my first card.

I began by stamping the mushroom border and a mushroom cluster from the Nature Table stamp set along the bottom of the card. I used a permanent black pen to add a few lines to join them together. I masked the images before stamping the mushrooms on a tree twice on the left hand side of the page. I drew a continuation of the tree to the top of the page, and again masked all of these images.

I coloured the background with Brushos, using a combination of yellow and orange, with a hint of violet, until I was happy with the overall colour. I dried the background with my heat gun, and then added foliage stamping along the edges and behind the mushrooms, using various shades of archival inks. I used bleach to remove the colour from some of the foliage, and then proceeded to colour all of the images with watercolour pencils. I also coloured the foreground with watercolour pencils.

I stamped lots of small leaves onto scraps of paper, and stuck these onto the card, some on the ground, and some tumbling down randomly, as if they were falling from the trees overhead.

I wanted to show how a much simpler card could be made using the same mushroom stamp, taking much less time, but producing a really pretty card nonetheless. I made a mask with an oval aperture in the centre, which I placed onto a piece of smooth watercolour paper. I then stamped the mushroom border onto the paper, and coloured it using Distress Inks and a waterbrush. I used a loose style, not trying to be too precise. I dried the image and then covered it with the mask that I had used from my first card. I added a small circle mask to represent a moon, and then coloured the sky, using a combination of three Distress Inks in orange, blue and plum. I removed the circle mask and added a little bit of grey to soften the starkness of the moon, before swiping some yellow across the moon and a bit of the sky to either side.

I removed the mushroom mask, and coloured the tops of the mushrooms with a bit of yellow as well, to represent the light from the moon. I then coloured in the ground with a bit of lilac. I added a streak of yellow for the moonlight, deciding where it would shine.

I stamped the sentiment taken from the Bewitched Moonlight stamp set, and a fairy from the Summer Fairy stamp collection using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

A much quicker card, but still achieving a great look. I hope that I have given you some inspiration with these versatile stamps. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


  1. Beautiful cards. I must try using bleach on my cards - it seems rather effective

  2. Wow Judith , what an amazing cards , especially the first one is a masterpiece!!! Great image and colours !!I love them both!!!!

    Greetings and have a nice weekend!!

  3. Wow! Stunning cards. Really enjoyed reading how you made these Judith. Fab post.
    Hugs, Flo x

  4. Your first card is a wonderful example of what can be done using the masking technique & I particularly like the way you used & extended the mushrooms on a tree stamp & how those mushroom shapes balance the upturned saucer shapes of the ground fungi. The bleached Honesty seed pods add a lovely touch to the whole design together with the teasel heads & the movement in those falling leaves. In your second card the attention to detail really makes the whole scene quite believable & realistic especially the way the light from the moon is reflected in your colouring of the ground & mushrooms. The black & mauve matting brings out the colours of the focal image beautifully & I particularly like the way your fairy (tripping along those toadstools) is balanced by your sentiment.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. So much to see and so many beautiful colours on your first card! Love the shape and sponging on the second!

  6. Two beautiful cards and such contrast in the style and colours. I especially love the bright autumn colours in the first one and the colouring on it is amazing too.

    Jackie x

  7. Two lovely cards, wouldn't like to have to pick a favourite ;)

  8. Worth all the work, both are gorgeous

  9. Ooooh! My fave colours on the first card, Judith!. Love the sweet pastels on the second.
    hugs, Asha

  10. Gorgeous cards Judith. I can imagine how long that first one took. It is making cards like that that always have my heart in my mouth, I get near to the finished result and manage to add a black fingerprint or something!!! Super use of the brushos for the background and the bleaching is great on the honesty. Such lovely warm autumn colours and you know I always really love anything with little leaves added. The second card also makes super use of those toadstools and the soft delicate colouring is lovely. Elaine xxx

  11. That first one should be hanging on the wall, lovely forest floor, with a beautiful background colour which immediately draws the attention. Then you see all the detail, and keep discovering more. Gorgeous.
    It kind off steals the show from the other card, which is lovely too but a bit more shy and quiet. Delicate is indeed a matching word for it.


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