Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crackled Autumn Leaves


Hi everyone.  Time for the next ATS&M challenge (#114 - CAS).  Yay!! :)





Today's card was inspired by this beautiful card by my teammate Julie ... isn't it gorgeous??!!  I used leftover leaves from my video tutorial from yesterday.  As I mentioned, I filmed the tutorial three times before posting it ... which means I have LOTS of watercolored autumn leaves left to use. :)

I know these leaves don't look CAS, but if you watched my video, you'll see that I watercolored them in under 5 minutes --- so not a lot of time to make this card.  To change them up, I coated these two with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint from Tim Holtz.  I just bought this ... and was excited to give it a try.  One thing I learned, I was chintzy with my first coat and didn't add enough ... so with the second coat, I slathered it on ... way too much :)  I've learned what not to do for next time :) lol!

Here's a close-up ...



Because the leaves are aged looking with the brown edges and the crackle finish, they looked too stark on white woodgrain, so I just sponged over top of the embossing with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy distress inks.  Then I took my Vintage Photo DI and lightly stroked the ink pad across the top to catch the high spots of the embossing.  Love how it turned out.

I'm going to enter this into the latest challenge at Paper Players which is being run by my friend, Jaydee (Paper Players #214 - Masculine Birthday Card).  And into the challenge at Clearly Besotted (#13 - Autumn / Halloween).

I hope you'll check out the ATS&M challenge HERE and see the amazing creations from the rest of the Design Team.  And hope you'll join in this fun challenge with us! :)







Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
Accessories & Tools:  Waterbrush, Rock candy crackle paint (Tim Holtz); Woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix)


Challenges:
Paper Players #214
Clearly Besotted #13

37 comments:

Kylie said...

The leaves are amazing! LOVE that you added the crackle paint and your addition of DI to your woodgrain panel was genius! xx

cm said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous and more gorgeous! Love those leaves and the sparkle of the spackle is dazzling! I'm adding that to my shopping list...
Hugs~c

Cornelia W said...

Fabulous those leaves - the crackle is great and the wood background - perfect!

Barb Ghig said...

Swoon!!! I am in awe of how realistic your leaves turned out, Loll! I love the richness of the colors and the texture you created...truly amazing! I can't wait to see more!
Thanks again for the great video! I really enjoyed it!

Deborah Frings said...

Fabulous! I love the crackle on the leaves - they look so real! Great texture too. Beautiful CAS birthday card.

Shylaa Shree said...

stunning card as usual dear

Rahmat said...

I love the look on the leaves, I was really leaning on my screen to see, it looks like dew drops, I am totally inspired by the crackle paint, gotta try it!

Karen B said...

Amazing Loll. The crackle medium really changes those lesves up and perfect against the background. I reckon our minds must be going along the same lines.......I've just ordered some crackle medium! How strange is that eh?

Karen x

Jacquie said...

Stunning Loll, as all your Autumn cards have been.

Love & Hugs

Jacquie J xxx
http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Susan said...

Love the effect you got with the crackle glaze - a beautiful card!

sandie said...

I want to touch this card Loll!! The texture is wonderful and that paint gives a real feeling of the leaf cracking...I can hear it now! I think the way you have designed the card the leaves can be CAS as they are the focal point against a CAS design x

Stamps and Paper said...

Your leaves look so real Loll that crackle glaze really enhances them....beautiful card

Anne

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Loll. The leaves are stunning. xx

Neets B said...

You really are the queen of autumn CAS! This is a stunner, again. You've captured so much texture x

Julie Beech said...

What a beautiful card Loll, I feel privileged to have inspired such a beauty. The texture is stunning in contrast to the white base card and I agree the DIs were an inspired choice. I love the crackle effect, must investigate this new product to me! Yummy. :)

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, wow! I am really loving your leaves Loll! And you are right, your soft brown wood grain was such a perfect choice for a backdrop! Another autumn stunner! big hugs :)

Lee-Anne said...

Love what you did with the leaves, Loll! Absolutely stunning!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Loll, your leaves look amazing!!!! Like you just picked them up in the garden or so, will check out your tutorial. Fantastic card! Have a great day! hugs Monika xxx

OH Babs said...

Gorgeous. Utterly gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

You have been making some beautiful cards lately! Love this.

Sue said...

Loll, your two gorgeous leaves look stunning and the b/ground is wonderful too.

Bonnie said...

The crackle makes these leaves look made of glass! Very nice!

Anita in France said...

The texture in the background and on those amazing leaves is fantastic, Loll ... just stunning! Anita :)

shirley-bee said...

Wow, the leaves are fabulous, Loll! The grain on the background looks so deep with the DI. I'm working my way backwards so I'll be getting to your video soon ;)

Yapha said...

Wow!! Your leaves are amazing and the whole card is spectacular! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players.

Sandy said...

Your leaves are gorgeous especially on the wood like background.
Sandy xx

Donna Nuce said...

Wow this really is beautiful! The wood background is perfect!

Wei said...

What a amazing card! the leaves are awesome! so perfect!

Brenda said...

Wow, this is beautiful Loll! I am in love with the wood and those leaves. You never ceased to amaze me with your beautiful cards. Hugs, Brenda

Jaydee said...

Love all of the texture you created on this fabulous card, Loll. The use of the crackle was genius. I have to steal that idea!
So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week
jaydee

LeAnne said...

What a gorgeous card....actually, it's too nice to waste on a guy, unless the guy really understands what stamping is all about, LOL! Anyway, it's BEEyootiful! So glad you played with the Players this week!

Deepti said...

Simply mind blowing :) those leaves are so awesome ! Great texturing :)

Joanne James said...

Loll those leaves are gorgeous - so realistic and full of texture! I really want to scrunch one (but I won't!) A great CAS masculine birthday card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players this week!

Katie Melhus said...

Stunning in every way, Loll! This is fantastic!

Gabby said...

Saw your card on the ATS&M blog post. It's beautiful! Fall is my fav season and this is going into my 2014 Fall file. I hope to do it justice if I case it. :) The leaves are gorgeous and I love a woodgrain bkgrd.

Stephanie said...

Stunning and elegant design! Thank you so much for playing along with the Clearly Besotted Challenge :) x

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous leaves, finished card and really helpful video. TFS Loll