Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Golden Maple Leaf

Welcome!  We've been having some cooler temperatures since school began in early September, and I am a happy camper.  Fall is my favorite time of year (minus the ragweed allergies, thank you very much).  Hot weather makes me a little cranky, when paired with the humidity we have here in the summer.

Today's card truly feels like Autumn to me:



Just as I did on THIS card, I sprayed some ink onto cardstock through these bottle-protectors, as a sort of stencil.  (I bought BBQ sauce at Bed Bath & Beyond, and the bottles were packed in these sleeves to keep them from clanging into one another.)


After mounting the leaf from With Gratitude (Stampin' Up!) onto the sprayed panel, it looked a little plain.


That's when I decided to add a piece of book page paper behind the panel, along with some abaca ribbon.  I used Smooch Ink in Gold to drop splotches over the panel and leaf for more interest.


I colored in the half-circles of the stamped frame (from Cherish by Inspired By Stamping) with a marker, to match the card base.  A bit more Smooch Ink was smeared on here, too, and then the punched circle was matted with crinkly gold paper from Stampin' Up!


Thanks so much for taking a peek today!  I appreciate your visit.  :-)



Stamps: leaf - With Gratitude - SU; 'for you' - Cherish - Inspired By Stamping Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, white, gold crinkle - SU; book page Ink: Khaki ink spray - Tattered Angels; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Walnut Stain - Ranger; Early Espresso - SU Fibers: vintage thread; abaca ribbon Accessories & Tools: button, circle punches, Cajun Craze marker  - SU; corner rounder punch - Fiskars; Gold Smooch ink

9 comments:

Marisa said...

Beautiful subtle background you created for that fabulous maple leaf!! Adore the gauze!! Wonderful card.

LeAnne said...

Wowza....I thought you had some pricey Tim Holtz-y kind of stuff here. You are very clever, my friend! I need to play with some of my leafy stamps too!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Wow..very clever use of those protectors as stencil :)loved the pattern.Your card is so beautiful !

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So gorgeous! I loveeeeeeeee the mesh material and the leaf!!!!!

Bonnie said...

Lots of interest and texture here! Love it! I love Fall too as the heat and humidity make me really grumpy! This is a wonderful way to welcome Fall!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, yes, it's autumn, alright, and I LOVE it -- the season AND your card! Lots of cleverness here with your "found" stencil and the gold drops. Love the gauzy ribbon, Cajun Craze, everything! Beautiful fall creation!

Lisa said...

Lots of prettiness gong on here Colleen!! I LOVE Autumn too, especially September, warm days, pleasantly cool evenings...YEP!!!

Stella said...

I am with you; I was born in the summer and I love the days and evenings in the garden. Much daylight, sun and fresh air. But humid, hot temperatures and me are not a perfect match:)
Temperatures here went a bit down and you can smell that fall is in the air. I love the days with a bit of sunshine and all the leafs turning into shades of red, orange, yellow, brown and gold. And a good reason to bake more and make it cosy inside the house:)
Oops off track :)
Your card is lovely; brilliant idea to re-use those bottle protectors (did you enjoy the BBQ?) and the color scheme is spot on for fall. Love that leaf as a focal point. Gorgeous Colleen!
XXX

Vicki Dutcher said...

Lovely card - that netting is very cool

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