Sunday, 5 October 2014

Warm Autumn Colours - October at Stamping Sensations

Wow, October is here already. What a wonderful warm September we have had here in Northern Ireland, and the trees are looking fantastic in all their Autumn glory, so what better inspiration than nature for this month's theme at Stamping Sensations and we are asking you to produce something with "Warm Autumn Colours". Share your creation on the challenge blog and you have a chance to win a fabulous prize from Imagination Crafts.

For my project this time I chose to make an easel card a la Sue Wilson. You can make the front of the card any size you like (as long as you have an envelope to fit!), and then just adhere an easel stand to the back cut using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz easel die.

I started with a piece of faded orange backing paper from DCVW Pumpkin Patch, then overstamped with some of my favourite meadow stamps, colouring some in and creating a leafy frame. Various autumnal shades of archival inks are used to give some depth.


The bird is stamped from a Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz set in archival, and overpainted using watercolour paints. I love the effect you get using this technique, which allows some of the stamp detail to show through the translucent paint. The branch and tree trunk are painted in by hand to match, using the same colours as the bird to tie the scene together.

I matted and layered onto gold and brown cardstock and could have left it like this...

... but instead diecut a lot of leaves from Pumpkin Patch patterned paper and used them to decorate the frame giving the feel of a bird peeping through the leaves.


  1. Lovely colours in the trees here as well Maddy, think it's going to be a beautiful Autumn, as is your card with all those leaves and warm colours.

    Hope you have a good Sunday.

    B x

  2. Absolutely stunning, Maddy! Love the watercolour over archival on the bird - looks brilliant! Gorgeous colours too

  3. It is really wonderfull what you show us this time. I do like the bird but with all the leaves the leaves get a new dimension. Hope you are OK.

  4. love this card.
    if you like challenges...
    remember my "Throwback Thursday" challenge is under way...hopefully I can see you one day playing with us!
    hugs from california

  5. Gorgeous card, love the design and image.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  6. Stunning, Maddy! The focal image looks like a pre-made card topper. I really love how you did it. It's fantastic and so creative. Your card is gorgeous!
    Eret x


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