Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Ferns

Hi everyone.  Today's card is a reminder for the CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves.  And also a reminder that we are celebrating our 1st Birthday this month at CWCC!


Come join us ... there is a prize for the winning card ... and also one prize for a random pick among all entries.


When I think of fall leaves, I automatically visualize shades of yellow, orange and reds.  Not today.  Today's card is all about the fern.  I recently bought this beautiful background fern stamp.  I don't own a lot of background stamps because with my CAS style I thought I wouldn't get a lot of use out of them.  Wrong!  I cut it down to create a small, but colourful panel of watercoloured ferns.  I used my Stampin' Write markers to colour the rubber stamp, spritzed with water and stamped onto mixed media paper, pressing down firmly.  Once the stamp was removed, I used a paper towel to mop up any excess water/ink, which left a beautiful, soft image for the background.  Love it!


I simply added a black die-cut silhouette fern leaf.  I added a very thin frame of black and a black stamped sentiment to tie it all together.

Check out the challenge blog to see the amazing reminder cards made by our design team and wonderful Guest Designer, Marcia.






Stamps:  Plant Background (The Stampin' Place; Sentiment - Bouquet of Thanks (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.); Black (SU!)
Ink:  Markers:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Pair of Ferns die (Cheery Lynn)

Challenges:
CAS Watercolour October Challenge - Fall Leaves

34 comments:

Marcia HIll said...

LOVE the muted colors of your watercoloured background Loll...so pretty and really makes the silhouette fern stand out! A beauty for sure! Just looking through the gallery at all the cards this month, and boy are you going to have a challenge picking a winner...so many GORGEOUS cards!! :0)

Marianne said...

So pretty, Loll. Love the muted colours of your background. The perfect backdrop to your bold black fern die cut.

Betty Keefe said...

that is a great background stamp and you've used it beautifully, Loll!

shirley-bee said...

Love that soft and pretty spritzed background, Loll!

Karen Knott said...

Gorgeous card Loll, love the background stamping then the die cut on top
Hugs Kaz xx

Linda said...

Love your soft background of ferns, Loll with your black silhouette fern leaf.

Nancy Stislow said...

I love how the soft pastels shadow your beautiful die cut. I'm also amazed at how clean your cuts are on your silhouette. This is so crisp and fresh, Loll! Beautiful design!

Sheila H said...

The black silhouette is such a beautiful element.

Evelyn S. said...

It's a beautiful card. The background works beautifully with the die cut.

Susan said...

So pretty in the soft colours - love the match of the background stamp with the die cut. You should post it in SCS F4A challenge from last Friday - a Fall card that is not in the traditional orange, red, etc. colours.

Colleen said...

Yes, this is a gorgeous card, so glad you bought the fern stamp because as always you come up with a masterpiece of clean and simple!

Christine Alexander said...

I missed that stamp during their sale, your eye for layout and colour are amazing Loll. I just love the soft colours and the pop of black.

Darnell said...

Lolly, I love the arty result you got from this technique and, of course, just love these colors! Good to remember that fall leaves aren't always yellows, golds, reds, and oranges!! Hugs, Dolly

Anita in France said...

What a gorgeous, dreamy ferny background, Loll ... the soft colours are such a wonderful contrast to the black die cut ... beautiful! Hugs, Anita :)

Linda said...

What a pretty background ..... I love the soft colours, they really make the die cut fern pop! xx

Jeanne said...

Oh golly, Loll, that fern background looks beautiful. I adore the colors you chose and how you stamped the image. The silhouette fern pulls everything together so perfectly with the pop of black. Fabulous! :) Hugs!

Viv's Visuals said...

terrific background Loll and an awesome card.
Mad about not being able to join in too... Happy Birthday to your fab challenge! x

Heidi Stamps said...

Very pretty!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Really pretty card, love these ferns!

Mac Mable said...

Yey to your beautiful stamping. Such a wispy, beautiful effect and gorgeous colours...another stunner x

Pat said...

I love the soft and pretty look of the background fern stamping with the straight to stamp technique using your markers Loll and the black frame and large fern over the top look really great. x

Trina P. said...

Love your interpretation of fall leaves, Loll. The soft green stamped fern background is so pretty. Beautiful card.

Papercraft Boutique said...

I love that you used the non-traditional fall colors for this card, Loll! The black frame and the black fern leaf enhance the beauty of the soft watercolours. Hideko :-)

Bonnie said...

Wow! What beautiful, graceful ferns, my friend! I love the soft look with the black die cut fern for contrast!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

LOVE it Loll! So clean and fresh looking! Have a great day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Karen D. said...

this is such a beautiful card mf...love, love the colours you used..
xx Karen

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful soft watercoloured fern background, Loll. I love your added black die cut fern and CAS design. TFS my friend. Hugs

Bobby said...

Love the soft background and how the black frame accents the die cut fern, Loll.

Lisa Lara said...

Such a gorgeous background you made Loll. I love your choice of adding one dark fern.

Maxine D said...

What can I say but absolutely stunning Loll! Love it
Blessings
Maxine

Bożena Adamusińska said...

So beautifully coordinated background with cut out element. Great selection of shapes and colors. I love the delicacy of this card.
Hugs,
BożenA

Barb Ghig said...

Your background is so pretty, Loll! I think the fern is a great choice because of the airy feel to this leaf, and I love how you added the black die cut to your design! Another beautiful card to celebrate your first birthday at 'CAS Watercolor'! Congrats again!!!

Lindsey said...

I love the soft ombre effect leaves - so serene and pretty. Then pairing them with black changes the overall effect and packs a punch! Great x

Ina G said...

What a wonderful surprise to find this very cas-imply beautiful card in my mailbox recently. Love the soft coloured background for that stand out leaf. Love it. Thank you so much Loll.