Monday, 28 October 2013

Anything for Autumn!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Anything Goes", so time to put on your thinking caps and let your imagination run wild!  Make an entry for this week's challenge and you'll be in the draw for a $50 shopping voucher! :)

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It's already the end of October and I still haven't made anything with an autumn theme this year!  I love autumn for both the misty moist weather and the beautiful changes in nature that accompany it.  For me it's a time of looking forward to dark cosy nights at home, digging out the warming comfort food recipes and (some of you will gasp at this, lol) starting to think about Christmas.  I decided that this week I'd break my autumn "duck" and make something with an autumn theme.

(BTW, I agonised over writing autumn or Autumn and in the end I had to look it up.  If anyone else is as confused as I was, the rule goes like this - no capital letter unless you're talking about it like a person.  So "autumn is my favourite season" and "the leaves turned gold by Autumn's chilly breath" are both correct but "we pick blackberries in Autumn" would not be.  You live and learn!).

I started out by using two of Tim Holtz's layering stencils on my background, using white gesso on the dots and Wild Honey distress paint on the burlap.  I coloured my background with a range of autumnal distress inks and then stamped the acorn and leaf.  The acorn was painted with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs distress stains using a water brush and the leaf was painted with Fired Brick and Wild Honey distress paint, then stamped again with Black Archival.

The maple leaf was stamped, cut out and coloured with Fired Brick and Wild Honey distress inks and then I rubbed on some Tarnished Brass distress stain for a little golden shimmer, before fixing it to my card.  I've had the Simple Sayings stamp set for ages and never gotten around to using it, so I used it here.  I stamped the cartouche using Black Archival and the words using Gathered Twigs distress ink, and cut it out, using foam tape to fix it (and the maple leaf) onto my card.  As a final touch I edged the whole thing with Tarnished Brass distress stain for an extra hint of gold (something I used to do a lot back in the day, thought I'd break that one out of the archive for another outing).

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)


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misteejay said...

Love all the texture you have created on this piece Dan.

Toni xx

Candy C said...

Dan, I love your deep, rich colors on this autumnal card. You've done such a beautiful job with Tim's blueprint acorns. <3 Candy

Anna-Karin said...

Great autumn card Dan! Love the colours and leaves.

LynnF said...

What an absolutely gorgeous piece!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love the images on this piece this week Dan and those dark rich colours are wonderful, so intense and deep. Love the touches of white too adding wonderful highlight to your design. Tracy x x

Meihsia Liu said...

Love the beautiful fall color scheme on this card, Dan. The stamping is fabulous. :)

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Cool autumn card! I love the way you combine such rich colors and textures together!

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barbarayaya62 said...

Lovely autumn card! love the stencil and colors you've used!!! Great work! BArbarayaya

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