Look at all these fun challenges! Even though it has been too hot in Texas to really be thinking of Fall, it is my favorite season. Watching the leaves turn is one of the few things that I miss about living in Kentucky. There's nothing like seeing the mountains ablaze in red, yellow, and orange. Anyway, my friend Kathy made a gorgeous card this week where she combined French Foliage, En Francais, and emboss resist. I thought I'd try that too, but in the fall colors. (I like hers better because the Rich Razzleberry is so unexpected and one of my favorite colors.) I used ideas from three challenges, this week's Card Pattern's Sketch, the autumn challenge at The Friday Mashup, and the fall challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments.
I hope you like the Spice Cake designer paper because I can tell I'm going to be using it a lot! :o) It is just so pretty and perfect for fall projects. For my leaves, I inked them in Versamark and then More Mustard before using my sponge daubers to add a bit of Cajun Craze and Early Espresso. Once I stamped them, I embossed them with clear embossing powder so that I could use the emboss resist technique. I stamped En Francais and some other elements from French Foliage over them to add some interest. To finish it all off, I added some Early Espresso Baker's Twine and some tags. You'll find hints of distressing and sponging as well; these colors inspire me to do a bit of that for some reason.
Here's a close-up of one of leaves...doesn't it look real?! I love it!
Stamps: French Foliage, Tiny Tags, En Francais
Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Versamark, Soft Suede
Paper: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake designer paper
Tools/Accessories: Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Jewelry Tag punch, sponge daubers