Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Falling Maple Leaves

Spent about an hour or so out on the deck this morning having my coffee.  It's a little cold and windy here today with a little rain coming down.  I love sitting on my deck looking at the beautiful vine maple with the leaves turning color.  I decided that was what I wanted to do for my card today.  It's sketch challenge day at SCS and today's is a fun one!!  It's a wonderful CAS (clean & simple) sketch and I do love CAS!    I used the Watercolor Spritz technique for the maple leaves.  This card is made with all SU! products.  Hope you like.

SCS Sketch Challenge 356:

 "Falling Maple Leaves"

Stamps:  Gently Falling, Always Thankful (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Watercolor paper, Soft Suede DP (SU!)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Stampin' Write markers: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Stamp-a-ja-jig, water mister, small eye make-up sponge, hemp twine, sticky strips, adhesives and dimensionals

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This is a two-part stamp (inside and outline).  I randomly inked the inside stamp with Stampin' Write markers Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze.  I misted the stamp lightly so it was wet (but not too much - you don't want the water running down the stamp) and stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I cleaned the stamp and repeated the process two more times until I had three leaves.  I left them to dry thoroughly before proceeding.

I inked the outline stamp with Early Espresso ink and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for positioning, stamped on top of the watercolored leaves.  I cut the leaves out and sponged Soft Suede ink around the outside edges of the leaves using a small eye make-up wand.  I buy these at the $1 store and find that they can get into tight spots for sponging easier than using the large sponges.

I cut the Soft Suede DP to size (it's hard to tell in the photo but it is actually has a small dot pattern on the paper).  I sponged Soft Suede ink around the edges of the DP and then mounted it to a card front of Whisper White cardstock.

I tied three strands of hemp twine around the top of the card front, tying a knot just a little off center and securing the ends to the back of the cardstock.  Using sticky strips, I mounted the card front onto the card base of Soft Suede cardstock.  I inked the sentiment in Soft Suede ink and stamped onto the lower right-hand corner.

I mounted the three maple leaves onto the front of the card, popping them up with dimensionals to add depth.

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