Autumn Is A Second Spring

Graciellie Design

Albert Camus said that Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower. I couldn’t agree more with him. We are looking forward to walk through the wild to enjoy the colorful leaves.

My girls and I love picking up fallen leaves on the ground in the Fall. They are colorful and each of them is beautiful its own way. Inspired by the Autumn leaves, I colored the leaves from the Obsessively Grateful digital stamp by Graciellie Design.

I printed the leaves on Canson Mixed Media paper with ink jet printer. Then, I dried the ink with craft heater tool.

I colored each of them using Arteza Real Brush Pens. This time, I blended the colors with the brush pens, not watercolor brush. I love how they blended together beautifully.

I sprinkled some water on the leaves, let it sit for couple seconds, then I dabbed it off with paper towel. That gives the leaves the distressed look. I dried them completely and then I fussy cut each of them with micro-tip scissors.

On a piece of watercolor paper, I scribbled some of the light blue color using Arteza Real Brush Pen just in the middle of the paper. I sprayed ink with some water and using my finger to blend ink on the paper gently. I titled the paper to let the watercolor ink flowing.

I scribble some of the black ink using Arteza Real Brush Pen on my blending plastic plate, picked up the color with wet waterbrush, and then sprinkled some on the paper. I dried the paper right way with craft heater tool.

I trimmed and added the background panel on a top-folded white card with adhesive glue.

I trimmed the sentiment that I printed on a white cardstock, then I distressed the edges using distresser tool. I added the sentiment strip on the card with adhesive glue.

I added the leaves above the sentiment with adhesive glue. And I wrapped some of the Natural Burlap Twine Ribbon around the card to give it extra embellishment.

For me, nature is one of my inspiration resources. I hope you all enjoy this card today. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a fabulous day!

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Harvest Blessings Foiled Shaker Card

Gracillie Design

Hello everyone… I hope you all enjoy your weekend with your loved ones and ready for the new week. Today, I have a foiled shaker card with non-traditional colors for Fall season.

This week, Gracie releases several beautiful new digital stamp sets. I use the Harvest Blessings Digital Stamp Set on my shaker card today. And I created a patterned foiled acetate for the shaker window. I am so happy that it can be done with digital stamps!

To make this foiled shaker card, you will need these supplies:

I started with creating the ombre watercolored background. It is very simple to paint. First, I added some water with flat brush on a piece of watercolor paper. Then I picked up the pink watercolor paper from the Koi Watercolor Palete with small flat brush. I used wet-on-wet technique on this background. I added color on the top of the card only and I let the water does the work spreading the color, with little help of the small flat brush. I set it aside to dry white.

To create the foiled acetate window is very easy to make. Here are the steps:

  • Pre-heat the laminating machine.
  • Open the flower image with photo editing program or Microsoft Word works too.
  • Resize the image, duplicate it, and then arrange them to fill the 8.5″ x 11″ size paper.
  • Load a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ acetate plastic on the paper carrier of a Laser Printer. Ink Jet printer won’t work with this technique.
  • Print the images in black and white
  • VERY CAREFUL when you get the printed acetate from your computer. The ink can smear or wipe off the plastic easily.
  • Carefully trimmed the plastic into 2 piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ size using paper trimmer.
  • Add the printed acetate, ink face up in between baking paper that I used as foiling carrier.
  • Add the foil paper on top of the printed acetate.
  • Run it through the foiling machine.
  • Grab it from the other side and remove the foil.

I trimmed the foiled acetate into 5.5″ x 4.25″

I cut out couple of white cardstock using 2 sizes of the Rectangle Dies to create the frame. And then I added the acetate on the frame using the dries-clear adhesive glue. I added big clear stamping block on it to hold the acetate on place while the glue drying. It was about a minute and then I added 3D foam tape around the inside of the frame.

I added the watercolor background on the card base with the adhesive glue.

Next, I added some of the gold assortment sequins and sprinkled some of the giant glitter in the middle of the card.

I added the shaker frame on top of the sequins and glitter and pressed it down to make sure all secured and glued.

I trimmed the sentiment that I printed on white cardstock and added it on the card.

The card is done. I hope this card give you an inspiration to create today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Be Wise

Joy Clair Stamps

Hello everyone… September is here! Thought is it not yet officially Fall Season… I just cannot wait to enjoy this season. I will share more Fall themed projects here…

Kicking of this month, here a Fall themed card that I created with stamping and watercoloring:

My card today is inspired by these mood board from Joy Clair September Challenge. This is a monthly challenge with Anything Goes theme. You can play along with any brand of stamps you have in stash, but if you use Joy Clair stamps on your project, you get double entry. Check out more details, rules, and inspirations on the Joy Clair Blog.

I am using the new stamp Bible Journaling set from Joy Clair called Deer Friends and for the acorns for the background, I use the Rustic Christmas Stamp Set.

This is very simple to make. I started stamping the acorns on a piece of white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Acorn Ink Pad. I filled the whole space with them. Then I trimmed it smaller than the A2 card and I added it on the card with dries-clear adhesive glue.

For the vocal point, I stamped the owl and wood stump on a watercolor paper with VersaFine Clair Acorn and I dried it with craft heater tool. I colored it with Leisure Arts Watercolor Pencil. I simply colored just the edge around the images and using waterbrush I pulled the color to fill the image. After the images dried, i just fussy cut them with micro-trip scissors.

On a brown cardstock, I stamped the sentiment with the same ink pad using my Mini MISTI, trimmed it, and then using my trimmer, I scored couple lines to create a deboss frame. I added the on top of the acorn background with adhesive glue.

I added the wood stomp on card with adhesive glue and then the owl on top of it with 3D foam tape for extra dimension. I embellished the card with some natural twine ribbon on top.

That’s my project to share with you today. I hope this inspire you to create for this Fall season. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have wonderful day!

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Hello Fall

The Cut Shoppe

Hello everyone… We are at the last day of August already! Kids are back to school and Fall is on its way. It is one of my favorite seasons.

Today I am up at The Cut Shoppe Blog sharing this Hello Fall card using the The Cut Shoppe cut files.

On this card, I used Fall themed patterned paper that I have on my stash for the background. I use the pumpkin border from Fall Finds Cut Files and create the border for the card. I open the file with Silhouette Studio Software and ungroup them. I drew a rectangle. I resized both the pumpkin border image and rectangle into 5.25″ width. After that I weld them together.

I cut it with my Silhoeutte Cameo light using orange cardstock and then I added the backing cardstock using dark orange color. I trimmed the extra with micro-trip scissors.

For the sentiment for this card, I used one of the phrases from the Oakley Avenue Cut Files. I opened the file and ungroup them. I grouped back the word “hello” and “fall” and then resized them to fit on the card. I cut several of them with heavyweight white cardstock.

I decided to add some gold foil on the pumpkins. So, I added tacky glue on the lines using felt bullet tip glue pen (I used Martha Stewart brand). I let it dried till it turn clear and then I added the gold foil paper on it. Some of the glue dried completely but I kindda like how the gold foil on the pumpkin becuase of it. It look like distressed gold pumpkins now…

I added the patterned paper on the white card with adhesive glue, and then I added the gold pumpkin border. After that I added the sentiment at the space on the pumpkin border.

The card is done. I hope you all enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by and may you all have a wonderful day!

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Thursday Coffee Break ~ Coffee and Friend

Coffee Loving Cardmakers

Hello everyone… I am sharing this CAS coffee card to share with you all at Coffee Lover Cardmakers Blog for the Thursday Coffee Break.

On my card, I am using A Jillian Vance Design coffee collection. They are one of our Super Sponsors.

On the background, I use the Coffee Collage INKboss INKpression Plate. This is a metal plate that give letterpress effect on cardstock. First, I created a watercolored panel using smooshing technique with water, Tiki Torch CP Ink Pad and Tutti Frutti CP Ink Pad. I dried the panel with craft heater and then I run it through my diecutting machine with the inkpression plate. After that, I added some of the Icing On The Cake CP Ink with blending tool to bring the impression to live.

I trimmed this panel to fit the front of the A2 card. I added it on the card with adhesive glue. Then I trimmed a peach cardstock smaller than the panel and distressed the edges with distresser tool. I I added it on the card with adhesive glue.

I like the big pot image from the Pot Head Stamp Set. I stamped it with my Mini MISTI on a watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad. And the I colored it with Arteza Real Brush Pens and waterbrush. I added it on the card with 3D foam tape.

And for the sentiment, it is from the Perk Up Stamp Set that I stamped it on the card with Icing On The Cake CP Ink Pad.

I finished this card by adding some splatters using Marabu Art Spray Cocoa.

That’s the card for today, hope you like it. Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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