Hi friends! It's time for a new inspiration challenge over at The Card Concept and this one is full of autumn splendor. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I wanted to pull in the color of that sunflower in a fun background.
I started out with some fabriano watercolor paper, scraped lightly with a coat of gesso. Next I stenciled the harlequin background in whipped spackle using the negative cut of a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. While this was drying, I started in on my pumpkin.
The pumpkin from the Everything Nice stamp set is stamped in pumpkin pie, then to pull in the chevrons from the inspiration, I inked up the chevron border from Borderline and stamped in white pigment over the pumpkin two times. I then clear embossed the whole thing. The cheveron stamping didn't show up quite as much as I'd hoped, so I filled it in with a paint brush and some opaque white Copic ink. This piece is cut with the coordinating Pumpkin Spice Die Set.
The leaves in the photo made me think of a package of leaves I had picked up from Michaels on a recent trip. I pulled one out, scraped with a bit of gesso, then spritzed with Dylusions ink to add a bit of texture. By this time, my stenciled background was dry and I sprayed on some Dylusions ink to make my watercolored background. I dried with a heat gun and then embossed the Autumn Greetings sentiment from Everything Nice in copper. To bring a bit more cohesiveness to the piece, I lightly scraped some versamark ink onto my leaf, then embossed with the same copper ink.
For embellishments I chose some tangled twine, copper nailheats and scattered bling. The background of the card is crumb cake embossed with a leaves embossing folder and sponged with vintage photo ink. I added a strip of designer paper down the side to balance the color, then distressed the edges and glued it all together.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day. For more inspiration, be sure to head on over to The Card Concept blog and see what the other designers have done in their own styles.
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake (SU!), designer paper scrap (BoBunny), watercolor note card (Fabriano)
Ink: lemon zest, pure sunshine Dylusions ink spray, vintage photo distress ink (Ranger), pumpkin pie (SU!), gesso, Versamark, opaque white (Copic)
Accessories: Pumpkin Spice Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), twine, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), nailheads, leaf (Recollections), bling, clear embossing powder
This blog is for personal inspiration only and all projects are my original designs unless otherwise stated. I own Verve Stamps and have received products and materials to work with from several generous companies over the years. While I have received free products from these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.