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Falling For Fall Ft. Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Hallowe’en, Crafty friends!
And although I don’t have any scary spooktacular cards to share today, I AM working with an autumnal theme in today’s card, which features the Beautiful life and Country Wreath stamp sets, and the Autumn Sunset sequin collection.
Autumn is by far my favourite time of year, and after a walk in the woods this week, I was inspired to bring some of the colours of the forest to my card!

So I reached for my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour palette and a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock, which I stuck to my craft mat with washi tape on all four edges. To get the soft, muted colours I went for a wet-on-wet look. With a wide paintbrush, I wet the whole piece of cardstock, and then dropped in dabs of watercolour. After applying the colour, I used a clean wet paintbrush to soften the edge of each paint blob, and to blend the colours into one another.

Once I had applied some colour, I used my heat gun to dry the paint, and then repeated the process. I probably did about 5 layers, and made sure that I diluted my paint for the lower section of the card so the colours would blend out into white.

Next I stamped the greeting using stamps from the Beautiful Life stamp set. I used my MISTI tool to stamp the images twice, as the watercolour cardstock is quite bumpy and I wanted to ensure a nice even impression.
Once my greeting was in place, I took some of the awesome leaf stamps from the Country Wreath set, and randomly stamped these in black ink, to create the impression of falling leaves. I coloured these using my Spectrum Noir colouring pencils, making sure to blend autumnal colours together on each leave to give a rich result. Over the top of each leaf, I added a little Twinkling h20 paint, which gives a gorgeous golden pearlescent sheen to each leaf. However, this ended up making the leaves less vibrant, which was a bummer. I then had the idea to stamp each leaf again, but offset it slightly, and emboss each image using a shiny gold embossing powder. Didn’t it turn out great in the end!?

To finish the card, I added a little stitched detail to the edges using a die, and I gave a little splattering of gold paint to the card. Last but certainly not least, I added some of these gorgeous Honey bee Stamps Sequins from the Autumn Sunset collection.

And that was the project finished!
well, I better go and get my pumpkins carved….I hope you have a beautiful day and a SPOOKTACULAR evening!

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