Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Blossoms

I love bright colors but I really feel in my element when we get to this time of year and I begin designing with Autumn colors.  When I sat down to design this card I envisioned an old stainless steel bucket full to the brim with blooms - one I'd love to have sit at my front door.  Only problem? No bucket stamp!  So I did the next best thing - punch art!  Can you guess what I made the pot out of??


Stamp sets: Stippled Blossoms, Truly Grateful, Wetlands
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Baked Brown Sugar, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Labels Collection Framelits, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Woodgrain Embossing folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, white gel pen, Tombow glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, sponges

So have you figured out what I used?  I used one of the medium size Label Collection framelits cut from Smoky Slate cardstock then cut the rounded edges off each end of the label.  I then cut strips of Smoky Slate to add a little dimension to the container.  Before attaching the strips I sponged Basic Gray on both the container and the strips to add depth and shadow.  The handles are made from slivers of the Small Oval punch, also cut from Smoky Slate cardstock.  All pieces were assembled using Tombow glue.

All the flowers and leaves were stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  The larger of the flowers were stamped with Pumpkin Pie first then overlayed with Tangerine Tango.  The smaller flowers were stamped with So Saffron first then Crushed Curry.  The leaves are done with Baked Brown Sugar then Chocolate Chip.  The little acorns from the Truly Grateful set were stamped onto Baked Brown Sugar cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink.  Highlights were added to all the flowers and acorns with a white gel pen.

After all the images were stamped I cut each out carefully with paper snips.  They were adhered to the card base and pot with dimensionals.  The card base, made from Crumb Cake cardstock, was embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  To make the wood grain really pop I lightly sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.

Hope you're being inspired by the all beautiful Fall colors too!  Have a great day!
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