Monday, September 29, 2014

A Vintage Journey - The Colours of Autumn

Today I have a card to share (actually 3 of them in variations of the same theme!) that I made for Challenge 15 over at A Vintage Journey.  The theme is The Colours of Autumn and you also must show a strong Tim Holtz influence in your creation.   I used patterned papers from Tim's Wallflowers Paper Stack for my card backgrounds - sponging them with Archival Potting Soil Ink.  The sentiment and frame are from Tim's Acorn Blueprint die and stamp set.
I die cut the leaves using Tim's Tattered Leaves die.  I pressed veins in the leaves using a rounded end tool.  I inked the leaves with Archival inks - using Orange Blossom on this maple leaf.  Then I heat embossed them using Wendy Vecchi's new embossing powders.  I used Orange Blossom on this one with a sprinkle of Tree Branch and Fern Green.  I let the leaf cool and then sponged Archival Potting Soil over it.  (Wendy Vecchi has a wonderful post on how to use her new embossing powders here.)
My plan was to use all three leaves from the Tattered Leaves Die on one card -  but they were really too much for a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card -  so I decided to use just one leaf on each card.  I'm making Halloween and Thanksgiving cards to sell at our Fall Church Fair so I was happy to get 3 cards done in one fell swoop!
I inked the aspen leaf with Archival Fern Green and then embossed it with Wendy Vecchi's Fern Green embossing powder - sprinkling a little bit of Tree Branch on top.  I inked a piece of Idea-ology Linen Ribbon for each leaf and knotted it around the stem pulling apart the ends.
I added Chit Chat Stickers to each card, drawing a frame around each one with a Black Stabilo pencil and then rubbing it with my finger to blend it a little bit.
I inked the oak leaf with Tree Branch Archival ink - and then embossed it with Wendy Vecchi's Tree Branch Embossing Power - I added a sprinkle of Orange Blossom on top.
 I love the look of Wendy's embossing powders on the leaves!
The Colours of Autumn challenge is open until Oct 2nd if you'd like to join in!

Stamps:  Acorn Blue Print Die/Stamps - Alterations/Ranger
Paper:  Rustic Cream and Dark Chocolate - PTI, DP - Wallflower Paper Stash - Idea-ology
Ink:  Archival Fern Green, Orange Blossom, Potting Soil and Tree Branch
Accessories:  Stabilo Black Pencil, Chit Chat Stickers and Linen Ribbon - Idea-ology, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder - Orange Blossom, Tree Branch, Fern Green, foam dots.


Dianne said...

Wow Miss Julia, you are an a amazing artist you always create more then one to showcase and each one is just GORGEOUS, the autumn leaves are stunning, thanks for sharing hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS ))).

~amy~ said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Julia!

Annette Allen said...

wow gorgeous cards.. loving all those leaves..

*Vicki* said...

WOWZER!! So beautiful Julie!! The leaves look amazing on your projects!! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Charlene said...

Beautiful backgrounds and there are gorgeous!

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous cards Julia, love your inking!

Deepti said...

Oh my those leaves, their textures look so real, as if u have plucked and used them on ur cards :) fab designs !

S@ndy Diller said...

Just love those leaves Julie - great job. They look so real!!
Thanks for joining us here at a Vintage Journey.

Redanne said...

Sandy is right, the leaves look so realistic, I love how you used Wendy's EPs on them, the colours are perfect!

Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

Loll Thompson said...

Three gorgeous cards Julia. Love that you've used the same layout and design ... but they are all so uniquely creative. Loll xx

Lisa S. said...

Love each one of them Julia!

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful use of those gorgeous wall flower papers! This is a great set of cards, each of the leaves looks so realistic and I love the clean design of the cards! Thanks so much for adding them to A Vintage Journey!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous texture on those leaves - delicious! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison xx