Thursday, 18 October 2012


Here in the UK we call this season Autumn, but the US word for it, Fall, is very evocative of all the falling leaves from our deciduous trees. This last couple of weeks has seen the weather turn much colder and our leaves are coming down in barrow loads at the moment, so I thought this card was quite apt.


The bricks on the main stamped panel are coloured by sponging the whole panel with pumice stone distress ink, then the mortar lightened with a Picket Fence distress marker pen. The door is sponged with distress ink, then lines added using the fine ends of various brown and green distress markers to make a realistic looking wood. The hinges and knobs are coloured with gold aquamarker.

"Doors open"

The insert panel is stamped in archival ink and coloured by painting with distress inks diluted with a little water. The main panel is mounted over the inset panel with foam tape for depth and the diecut leaves are individually coloured by sponging with distress inks then fixed around the main panel with Pinflair to add some dimension.

More distress ink is sponged around the outside of the card to soften the edges and provide a "frame".

Heartfelt Creations / Spellbinders die: Chateau Gate
Tim Holtz / Sizzix Decorative Strip Die: Autumn Gatherings
Heartfelt Creations stamps: Chateau Gateway
Papermania stamp set: Cottage Garden
Distress ink Pads & markers, various
Gold Aquamarker
foam tape
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair
cardstock: white 300gsm

Entered for the following challenge:
Joanna Sheen - Autumn Breeze


  1. A wonderful card with great fall feeling.

  2. This is fantastic. I love the way you have "aged" the doors. Just brilliant.

  3. This is stunning Maddy. I love the the way you have coloured the bricks and your colouring of the insert image is gorgeous too.
    Hugs Sue

  4. A beautiful Autumn card. The brick work is wonderful, as is that sweet little house hiding inside.

  5. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Joanna Sheen! Laura x


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