Yep, FALL is the theme this month and we are starting to see some Fall colors here in East Tennessee. It is so beautiful; definitely my favorite time of year! If you started at the beginning, you just arrived from Kelly Acheson's blog, A Stamp Above. But if you started with me, no worries! Just click the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to go on to the next stop.
When I think of Fall, I think of chilly breezes swirling colorful leaves (hooray for sweater weather!), stacking firewood to prepare for cold winter nights, hot cocoa, spiced cider, harvests & pumpkins. It's right up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as a few of my favorite things, so I decided to make a couple of cards featuring some of these things!
First up is the card with the colorful swirling leaves. I did a watercolor wash with Brusho Crystal Colors then cut the large and small leaves from Seasonal Layers. The small leaves were glued to the background and "pressed" with the Subtle folder to embed them into the cardstock. Then it was embossed again with the Seaside folder to give the impression of wind-blown leaves.
After all the work, it occurred to me I could have gotten the same look by using the Baby Wipe Technique with the small leaf stamp in Colorful Seasons, which is what I did on the envelope flap. Sheesh. The light's on folks, but nobody's home.
For the next card, I went with a CAS look. I just adore the sunflowers and pumpkins in the At Home With You stamp set and, of course, it involves coloring! And, like Colorful Seasons, it has coordinating dies so I didn't have to fussy cut anything.
I started by figuring where the greeting (Country Home) needed to be stamped on the background, then embossed it with the Subtle folder. A 1-1/2" strip of Pear Pizzazz DSP was added to the bottom, with a narrow strip of Copper Glimmer Paper (Joyous Noel Glimmer pack). After coloring and die cutting the image, it was popped up on dimensionals.
Instead of stamping the envelope flap, a 2-1/4" x 6" piece of DSP was glued to the flap and the excess trimmed off. I love how coordinated it all looks!
That's all for my "Ode to Autumn." Thank you for stopping by! Up next is Julie Davison over at Julie's Stamping Spot. I'm sure she will have you falling for Fall, too!