When I was first brainstorming ideas for this card, I was thinking I would create a bit of a woodland scene with some woodgrain circles and using clean and simple techniques with this Simon Says Stamp Nutty Over You stamp set. However, the card took a different direction but you know, that’s one of the beautiful things about cardmaking is that no idea is “wrong”.
I won’t bore you with the minute details of how I did heat embossing and ink blending for the initial circles. The only component on the finished card that incorporated my earlier plans is that woodgrain circle border.
First I cut my card base and used a Sizzix circle (sorry, I got this set originally with my Sizzix machine so unsure of the exact dimensions) to cut a circle for a squirrel image later.
I took the stamps from the stamp set and used Lawn Fawn or My Favorite Things dye inks to stamp out the images. To create fall colors, for some of the images I would layer an additional color to create images that looked like they were “transitioning” from the greens to those gorgeous browns, reds, and yellows. The inks from Lawn Fawn that were used are Lobster, Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, Doe, and Walnut. From My Favorite Things, I used Daffodil and Orange Fizz dye inks.
Since this was the first time using this stamp set, I switched to my MISTI stamping tool for the squirrel as I wanted the cleanest and crispest stamping I could do. I used a stamp block when I was stamping the card panel images, but I lacked confidence in getting the squirrel, heart and sentiment right the first time using freehand, Ha!
I thought the card needed some embellishment and I thought to pull out some ribbon in red and yellow to tie at the top. I debated Nuvo drops or sequins, but ultimately decided against it.
I ended up cutting my woodgrain sheet that I created earlier into a circle border to place around the open circle on the front of the card, adhering it with a Zig 2 Way glue pen.
I don’t know what it is about fall but I think it’s my favorite season. To me, it’s strongly associated with change, new beginnings and excitement because of school. I’m no longer in school but the fall inspired scents, colors, and décor make my heart pitter patter.
Is it too soon to be creating fall cards? Is fall a favorite season for you too?