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Spray of Autumn

Hi! There are two reasons I like this card in particular and they both have to do with overcoming challenges. I’ve not done much (if any) scene building cards, and honestly I’m not sure if this counts as one. But I saw this Purple Onion Designs bunny stamp and LOVED it! He’s adorable. I also really wanted to make an Autumn themed card. (It stays too hot for too long, bring on the cooler weather!) but don’t have any Fall stamp or die sets. Maybe you don’t either, but if you put the right colors to what you do have, you could probably come up with something really cool, and new.

Now I don’t have a very large stash, not only have I been making cards for just about a year, but “hobby” money is very limited around here. So I wanted to make an Autumn-y card with pretty orange and red leaves floating around this bunny, but I don’t have any stamps or dies like that. No problem I just pulled out one of my work horses Tim Holtz/Sizzix Small Tattered Florals die set and used it on some water color paper and went to town with “Autumn” colored oxide inks. Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries… (Barn Door would have been great too). Now if you don’t have very many ink colors to choose from, these flower/leaves would have looked pretty neat using patterned paper too.

Whew! I just had some fun with colors there, swiped them all down, sprayed some water on them as well as my water color paper, and smooshed away. I’ve found some success with drying the layers of colors before going back for more, so I prefer to do it that way. I used my Sizzix flower dies as the falling leaves for my Autumnal scene and placed them on the branch and around the stamped and colored (and masked to make the sky and grass backgrounds) bunny. I don’t think there is a die available for this bunny, I just used my X-acto knife.

The sequins were not part of the original plan, but with all those ink pads sitting around my fingers and papers got inky and there were some smudges on the final card. I didn’t have a sand eraser, which I assume would have been able to take care of that. So, just decided to cover them up with sequins. I ended up really liking it. Oh, got the lil’ pumpkin stamp in the corner from a planner stamp set called Holiday Bliss by Julie Nutting for Prima. The stamps are tiny, which I like, and they cover everything seasonal. Cute! … maybe I should try and make a card with just these tiny stamps? We’ll see.

This one was very wordy, thanks for stickin’ with it. And thanks for stopping by!

Love, Anne

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