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Autumn Leaves Card Set

Autumn leaf cards

I recently purchased the Autumn Leaves stamp set from Wplus9 (I’ve been swooning over it for quite a while) and now I want to make ALL THE FALL THEMED CARDS.

These three are a good start. :)

Autumn leaf cards

I started by stamping several of the outline leaf images on watercolor paper, and painting them in yellow and orange tones. I added several layers of watercolor to each image.

While the leaves were drying, I cut some panels out and masked them off so that narrow strips were showing, and sprayed the open areas with some gold color shine spray. The gold is really pretty and metallic but unfortunately does not show up well in these photographs.

Autumn leaf cards

When everything was dry, I started stamping some sentiments in Sepia VersaFine ink. The sentiments come from two different stamp sets: Doodle Buds and Handwritten Floral Greetings. Then, I mounted the panels to a 4bar card base, and added my leaves using foam tape.

Autumn leaf cards

Autumn leaf cards

Best part? These are available for purchase in the Freshwater Studio Shop!

kimberly

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Pine Cones and Watercolor

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

Well I’m still going strong with the November 30 day coloring challenge! I can’t believe we’re almost at the halfway mark. I’m having a lot of fun being able to try out different mediums and design ideas. This is my coloring for day 13 – a watercolor panel that turned into a nice, simple thank you card. You can see all of my other posts for the challenge on my Instagram feed.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies
I started by stamping several of the outline pine cone image from the Cozy Christmas stamp set by Concord & 9th. I made a mask for the pine cone  so that I was able to overlap some of the image to give the composition some depth. I did all this stamping on some Canson watercolor paper with SSS Intense Black Ink.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

I then added a watercolor wash all over the panel using a combination of some brown and green paints. After the panel dried, I went back and started painting more color and shading into the pine cones with some different brown shades. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors for this.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

After everything was dry, I cropped my panel down to a 4.25″X5″ size using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I then stamped the “for you” from part of a longer sentiment in the Lace Leaf stamp set and die cut the grateful sentiment (from the grateful leaf die set) out of some watercolor paper and fun foam.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

After getting the sentiment together, I thought the card still needed a little something, so I added some shimmer to all of the pine cones using a Wink of Stella shimmer pen. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn’t show up well in the photographs,. :(  Lastly, I glued the panel to a card base and added a few gold and silver sequins.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

kimberly

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Another Fall Card with Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th Grateful
I’m haring another Autumn-themed card today, although I’m not sure where the season went! It was 31 degrees outside when I woke up this morning!

Concord & 9th GratefulTo start off this card, I loosely painted a watercolor panel with several colors from my gansai tambi watercolor pallet. I wasn’t sure what to do with this panel at first, because I didn’t immediately love how it turned out out, but I stuck with it. Using the leaf die from the Grateful Leaf die set, I cut the leaf shape from the panel and then stamped and heat embossed the Lace Leaf on the cut out using liquid platinum embossing powder and my heat tool. I really love how pretty and delicate the leaf image is.

Concord & 9th GratefulThe sentiment consists of the grateful word die from that same  Grateful Leaf die set and the “for you” (from part of a larger sentiment in the Cozy Christmas stamp set) is stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I set the leaf cut out back into place on the panel, but made sure to pop it up on some fun foam to give it some separation and dimension. I also layered fun foam behind the grateful sentiment and added some behind the strip of black card stock, too. This card has lots of height, baby! Concord & 9th GratefulThe colors of this card remind me of all the beautiful leaves on the trees outside. I love this time of year! Minus the fact that it was 31 degrees outside this morning…And the fact that it may snow here tomorrow (!). I’m going to do my best to pretend there’s still a lot of Fall left to be had!

kimberly

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Feeling Grateful

I  begrudgingly put on tights this morning.

I have to finally admit to myself that Fall is here, and the cooler temperatures are coming. But, I do love, love, love Autumn in New England. The trees are starting to turn and I’m enjoying the occasional hot chai latte in the morning (no pumpkin spice for me)! As much as I love the fall, it does make me a little sad that summer seemed so fleeting! But, now I can look forward to cooler temps, cozy fires, all my favorite fall colors, all the food I get to eat on Thanksgiving (!!), and fun stamp sets like the one I used to make this card!

Concord & 9th Grateful

The card I’m sharing today was made using the beautiful fall-themed Concord & 9th  Lace Leaf stamp set and the Grateful Leaf die. I also used a SSS grid background stamp and some white embossing powder to create an emboss-resist background on the card. I painted over the embossing with several greenish-blue shades from my Gansai tambi watercolor set.

Concord & 9th GratefulI cut the grateful sentiment from the die set out of both white cardstock and some fun foam, and layered them up to give the word some dimension. The word “feeling” I heat-embossed in white on some black cardstock, and I also stamped and die cut two small leaves in different shades of gray and attached those to the card as well. I finished everything off with some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

Concord & 9th GratefulEven though I’m sad to be officially transitioning to tights and heavy jackets, Fall is my favorite season. What about you? Are you sad to see summer go? Or, are you looking forward to scarves and hats?

kimberly