Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simply Autumn

The leaves are changing & falling in a major way, but I rarely have luck portraying the beauty of this season in a card. So I decided to try my hand at the "Autumn" challenge at Less is More (but I entered 6 challenges, not 5 (I thought it was 5 plus theirs) so it's ineligible, which always happens to me over there).


I used a "letterpress" technique to stamp/deboss the fence; the shape is actually a wooden shape (which I received from Linda as part of a City Crafter swap). Basically, I inked the wooden shape with brown chalk ink, carefully taped it, ink-side-down, onto my cardstock (with removable tape), and ran it through my Bigshot using the sandwich of: multipurpose platform, wooden shape, cardstock, extra piece of cardstock, one embossing pad, and a clear plate on top. Because the wood is so thick, I had trouble with getting a good embossing without the paper cracking, but it "stamped" great!

The leaves are embossed/cut with Spellbinders dies. I used craft foil for the copper leaves. The sentiment is stamped with brown StazOn, using a stamp from an Adam Prescott/Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine set.

The stamped portion is adhered to the card base with foam tape, so that it pop up a little bit (like I see the pros doing). I'm very happy with the results; just because it's "clean & simple" doesn't mean it was easy!


Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardabilities Sketch #61: Sketch
Critter Sketch: Embossing  
Divas by Design Challenge 58: Use some Orange
House of Gilli: Embossing, wet or dry
Simon Says Stamp: Autumn Leaves


Update: I ended up sending this, along with a completed repair order, to the State Police. Hey, working in Traffic can't be fun; and everyone deserves a card!

Thank you for visiting,

10 comments:

Chrissie said...

This is a gorgeous card but sadly you have linked it to too many challenges for us at Less is More where we have a maximum of 5 which may be combined.
Do join us again as we would love to see more of your lovely work.
Thanks so much
Chrissie
Less is More

Pia S said...

I don't know anything about the letterpress technique, but the result is fantastic! The fence with the lovely autumn colored leaves makes such a beautiful decoration on this CAS card!

marion said...

What a fab card, thanx for joining us at Critter Sketch, hugs, marion

Karen said...

Pretty fall card! Thanks for playing along at the cardabilities!!

Lisa Carroll said...

Gorgeous card! LOVE how the letterpress fence turned out, WOW! :) Thanks for participating in our 'Autumn Leaves' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! xo

Patrice said...

Great card...I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/10/52-card-pickup-week-43.html

Kasia said...

Fantastic card! Leaves look so pretty! THank you for joining us at Cardabilities!:)

sarah-Jane said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
Sarah-Jane xx

pysselpetra said...

very stilish ♥ thanks for playing along at Cardabilities ♥ Petra

Kathleen said...

Great card, pretty leaves
Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design
Hugs
Kat xx