Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Autumn Maple Leaf


Hi everyone.  Today's card is for a couple of challenges.  This week at SCS, the Free For All Challenge (F4A186) is to use gold on your card ... with extra points if it is an autumn theme.  After seeing the Color Challenge at SCS last night, I realized that this also fits for it (although a couple of the shades are not exact).  And I used CAS - Colours and Sketches - Sketch Challenge #42 for my layout ... I just moved the focal point lower on the page and made my card the standard size, rather than square.

Edited to Add:  I just saw that the challenge at Simon Says is Emboss it! ... so I'm entering this card there also! :)





I hardly every heat emboss anymore ... it makes such a mess ... correction - I make such a mess! :), when using the powders.  But when I saw the challenge to use gold, I knew right away that I wanted to emboss the outline of the maple leaf in gold.  I don't remember the manufacturer of the gold embossing powder I have, but it has specks of other colors through it and is really pretty.

I first randomly sponged Whisper White card stock with yellow, green, orange and rust and then stamped the leaf outline with Versamark and heat embossed with gold.  Then I fussy-cut the leaves ... I am so happy with how it turned out.  I sponged a quarter sheet, so I decided that since I already had the embossing powder out, I might was well stamp and emboss as many leaves as possible from the sheet.  I managed to get three maple leaves and two oak leaves  - bonus!  I've used two maple leaves on the card above (one on the inside) and will save the other leaves for later projects.

Here's a close-up:


I used some twine that I got for as a gift a while back from my friend Debbie.  It has a gold thread wound through it and it matches the embossing perfectly.  A simple sentiment in Soft Suede ink finishes the card.


Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  White (C.C. Designs); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Versamark (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  sponges, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig, adhesives and dimensionals



23 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Such an classy card Loll....you leaf colouring is gorgeous

Anne

Barb Ghig said...

Such a beautiful card! I love all the texture from your embossing and how you blended all those pretty fall colors...so elegant!

Sian Ridley said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous card! I am blown away by how you have taken such a simple design and made it so stunning! Those are BEAUTIFUL colours....just fabulous! :)

sandie said...

stunning Loll and such a great idea. I have been making lots of Autumn colour card with leaves and hadn't thought of this..thanks for the inspiration x

shirley-bee said...

What a gorgeous leaf, Loll! The card is stunningly simple, and I love the hint of gold in the twine.

Karren said...

Beautiful card, Loll! The richness of the maple leaf against the crisp white background is such a beautiful contrast.

tilly said...

this is so simple, but sooooo very effective, why do my CAS never look like this lol
Tilly

Anonymous said...

Sigh ... this is just so stunning, Loll ... a most beautiful leaf, fabulous gold threaded twine and such glorious white space. I love it! Anita :)

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card Loll, the colours in your leaf are beautiful. Cathy x

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful leaf, Loll! Wonderful layout to show it off beautifully! Glad you could make some extras!

Valerie said...

Love the theme Loll and a perfectly classy CAS card:)
Val x

MaryH said...

Gorgeous leaf! Love the gold. Also thanks for the tip as to how you sponged first, then embossed. That would be great for stamping, coloring with copics (which don't really like embossing powder!) and overstamping. Or as you did, sponging, then stamp-emboss. Never thought to try it this way. Oh the things I learn here. Love the blaze of colors against your white background, and lovely rustic feel of your twine trimming. TFS

Patricia H. said...

You've created a stunning leaf with your sponging and embossing! Your card is fabulous for fall. Thanks for sharing it with us at CAS - Colours and Sketches - it's good to have you playing along with us again! :)

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! Love the elegant design and that leaf is just perfect!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

scrappymo! said...

Love the burst of colour from your gorgoeus leaf! Thanks for tips on how to make that.

Sue said...

Gorgeous leaf with the gold embossing and lovely colours, Loll. xx

Nonni said...

Your leaf is stunning and a great take on the sketch!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Loll-Fabulous effect on the leaf,what a great idea for the sketch and the twine finishes it off perfectly :)
Nea xx

Donna Przybylowski said...

What a pretty leaf, just love the sparkly veins, and such rich colors, great card Loll, all matches so well.
Hugs
Donna

Karen D said...

Such a beautiful card Loll.The colouring on the Maple leaf is exquisite and looks fabulous with the embossing.

Barb said...

Gorgeous! Your CAS designs are so perfect!

Mau xx said...

Gorgeous card Loll, I so love leaves and this is beautifully coloured. The twine gives a perfect finish.
Huge Hugs Mau xx

Karen Haman said...

Gorgeous! Love the twine; that leave is amazing! Thanks for playing along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches!