Sunday, October 13, 2019

It's Definitely Autumn

Happy Thanksgiving, or perhaps Columbus Day, or Indigenous People's Day... or just happy weekend! In my hemisphere, it is most definitely fall, and there are a slew of challenges to celebrate that. Personally, I don't really celebrate autumn, mostly because it is the lead up to winter, NOT my favourite. But it's hard to fight the weather (as opposed to climate, but that's an entirely different story) so autumn it is. I needed a couple of thank you cards, and went with the whole seasonal thing. 
My first card was inspired by the current CAS Watercolour Challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday Fall/Autumn Challenge and the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge. 

I started this by painting a piece of watercolour paper with yellows, greens, oranges and reds. Once it was dry, I die cut a bunch of maple leaves from it, and also die cut four from the cream panel so I could inlay them. After stamping and embossing the sentiment, I layered the panel on a brown mat and adhered it to a cream card base. 

My second card is inspired by Shopping Our Stash's It's Pumpkin Spice Season challenge and STAMPlorations' Anything Goes stencil challenge.

I started by masking a narrow strip on a white panel and blending some antique linen distress ink in the open space. Then I used an Autumn Falling stencil, but only the smaller leaves in it. Of course as I blended the individual leaves with distress inks, I managed one or two smudges. So I added a few more flecks with a very fine paint brush just to make them look like they belonged. :D I added a stamped and embossed sentiment and adhered it to the card base. 

Whatever the rest of your weekend brings, enjoy! 

Supplies: (1st card) Stampin' Up very vanilla & Bazzill Basics brown cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Hero Arts thank you stamp, Memento Luxe espresso truffle ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Paper Smooches Leaves 1 & MFT blueprints 29 stitched rectangle dies; (2nd card) Neenah white cardstock, Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments stamp,  Memento Luxe espresso truffle & antique linen, squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, barn door & gathered twigs distress inks, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, ARTplorations Autumn Falling stencil, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die 

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Let's Art Journal said...

Beautiful cards! The autumnal leaves with the wording looks so elegant - gorgeous 😁. Thanks so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Creative wishes, Jo x

Bonnie said...

I love your inlaid maple leaves with their pretty Fall colors, Lindsey! The font of the simple thank you is perfect for this! Love your stenciled leaves too and the spots look intentional and add wonderful interest! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Loll said...

Two beautiful maple leaf cards Lindsey! Your inlaid design is so sweet. Love the mix of colours of the leaves, which is what they are like in real life. The brown border adds some lovely contrast. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

nancy littrell said...

Both your Fall Maple Leaves cards are so beautiful, Lindsey. I am so pleased you added your 2nd card with the panel of stenciled maple leaves to our STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge. I loved your added flecks that add moment to your leaves :-) Hugs..Nancy

Lisa Arana said...

Gorgeous fall cards. Your blending is fabulous!!!

Karen Dunbrook said...

sweet cas, beautiful colours.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
:) Karen

Donna said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh these are sooo sooo sooo pretty!
I am totally an autumn admirer (can you guess who picked the challenge theme???) and these are just perfect for the season!
Thanks so much for celebrating pumpkin spice season with the crew from SHOPPING OUR STASH!!

MariLynn said...

Beautiful cards. I love how you did the stenciled leaves. Great idea to mask it off and I love the way you added extra to cover up the "smudges" Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge.

sannalippert said...

beautiful card(s), thanks for joining in on the STAMPlorations challenges!

Susan Renshaw said...

Beautiful autumnal cards!
Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
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