Happy Fall!

I love fall.  The cooler weather, the beautiful colors and of course hot chocolate or hot cider.  So good.  Today I am sharing a simple one layer card with these cute pumpkins.  One of my favorite looks is colored pencils on Crumb Cake card stock or kraft card stock. I stamped the pumpkins in Early Espresso ink.  I also created three masks with post-it notes.  I like to stamp the image towards the top of the sticky note so some of the sticky is on the back of my image. This helps keep the mask in place with out me having to add anything else to it to get to stay in place.


I first stamp the image that will be “in the front”.  Then I cover it with one of my masks.  I then stamp the next image that will appear behind the front image.  I stamped the pumpkin pair on either side of the middle pumpkin.  I then covered all the images with a mask.

With the pumpkins masked off I can now sponge around them with Early Espresso and a sponge or dauber. This will help my pumpkins to really draw your attention when they are all done.  Gently rub the sponge around the pumpkin masks.  I like to ink the sponge up and then dab once on my scrap mat so that the color softens a bit.  This will make it easier to blend it in onto the card stock.

Once the sponging is done, I pull off the masks.  I used the watercolor pencils to color in my pumpkins.  You can use regular watercolor pencils too if you like as we will not be adding water to the pencils.  I started by laying down a layer of pumpkin pie.  Working with pencils is better if you work in layers.  If you press too hard you might end up with grooves in your paper and that will make it more difficult to blend later with other colors.

After the pumpkins are colored in with the first color I then went back and put on a layer of Early Espresso in the areas I felt would be in shadow.  I tried to leave the middles of the pumpkins the brightest part to give it definition. I also colored in the stems with Old Olive and a bit of Early Espresso. I stamped the greeting in black ink and then masked my pumpkins once again.  I then took my Whisper White re-inker and placed a couple of drops on an acrylic block.  I watered it down with a few drops of water and then using my paint brush, flicked white drops randomly onto my card.

The techniques used on this card would work for lots of different ideas, masking and sponging are great ways to add pop to your card.  I hope you are enjoying some warm cider or hot chocolate and watching the beautiful colors of fall. Have an amazing day!


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