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>> Friday, September 23, 2016

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
And happy Fall! Technically it IS fall, but it still feels pretty much the same as summer around here. I heard on the weather report that in the Atlanta area so far this year we've had around 83 days of temps at or above 90 this year! The average is around 30. So...not pointing any fingers, but  if you're the one who ran off & left the oven on, would you please go turn it off?!?

In the spirit of fall, I thought I'd share an Autumn Greetings card. It was pretty easy to make. Well, after I figured out what leaf from the yard works best. For the big lt green leaf bg, I picked a Japanese maple leaf (it was still green), put it face down on a piece of water color paper, put it between two paper towels then between the cutting plates on my Big Shot & ran it thru. From trial & error, these leaves worked the best. I even did a few of these leaves that had turned red, but the color changed to purple on the w/c paper. Only the paper towels retained the red color. If you'd like to see the pictures of the different results, I did a post on my blog HERE a couple of weeks ago. This card was using one of the examples I made.
After die cutting the leaf panel, I stamped over it w/ the Splatter Bg & added the greeting. For the strips of sage green (leftovers!), I stamped them first w/ the Woodgrain Bg in sage ink then added some splatters in brown. I added a tied metallic bow & some sequins. And the metallic cord was silver so I colored over it w/ a brown Copic. I thought I had some gold cord, but couldn't find it. Copics to the rescue again!

Here's a look at the inside.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
paper: water color, chocolate, sage green
ink: Distress ink vintage photo, bundled sage, Versafine vintage sepia
accessories: diagonal stitched rectangle dies, stitched rectangle dies, sequins, metallic cord



Sue said...

This is incredible Julie! I don't know how long this technique has been out there but I'm loving it!! Thanks for adding the link to the samples you've already tried - I now know what to avoid :)

Janett Ray said...

So beautiful Julie. All the added touches really make a beautiful card.

Karin said...

This is just gorgeous! What a cool technique and I love the splatters and sequins! Lovely fall card :)

Robin Clendenning said...

Beautiful Julie!! Love the leaf print you got!! I have a Japanese Maple, think I need to try that...the only way I have done it in the past is to rub pigment inks on the leaf/leaves before running it through.
Your leaf pigment is so beautiful...must try!
The the stamp you used with it too! Beautiful!

Shelia said...

Beautiful card, Julie. I really like the leaf print, it turned out beautiful. I want to try this. We only have oak trees in our yard. Wonder if they'll work?

nwilliams6 said...

What a fab idea! I love the natural look of this card and the paint splatters. Wonderfully done, Julie. Hugz

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