Cards in Envy - Autumn Leaves

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Oct 062014

Good morning!  It’s the first Monday of October, so that means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  This fortnight we’re encouraging our challenge participants to get in a seasonal mood and make cards showcasing autumn leaves.  Cards for this challenge should be A2 sized and be less than 1/4″ thick, since the “in Envy” part of our challenge name means that the cards should be able to be mailed in an envelope at the regular first-class postage rate.

When I look closely at leaves, especially in the fall, I don’t see just one solid color.  They tend to be multiple colors – sometimes various shades of red or yellow or orange, and sometimes one dominant color speckled with other colors.  Similar to snowflakes, there seems to be no two exactly alike.  So I’ve created some speckled leaves for my card for this challenge.  The leaf images I used are from a digital stamp set, and I printed several off in slightly different sizes onto white cardstock.  I gave them a base color of yellow by watercoloring them.  After they were dry, I dipped my paintbrush into a couple different colors of ink and flicked the brush to splatter the ink randomly on the leaves.  I scored a couple of horizontal lines on the card base to “frame” the leaves, but the scored lines don’t show very well in the photo.

CIE 10-6-2014

What kind of leaves will you use on your card?  If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then create a card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us using the linky tool on the Cards in Envy site.  The challenge will close at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 19. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Digital Image: Autumn Leaves (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamp: Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Dusty Durango (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie ink refills (SU)

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