Thursday, October 23, 2008


The weather gets more fall like by the day. The trees here in Maryland are showing their colors and some are falling. Soon there will be enough to rake up. The temperatures are cool even when the sun is shining. While this all goes on outside inside I am inspired to work with fall colors and themes on my cards. Fortunately I have wonderful papers and stamp sets to choose form.

The cards I have here today use a current set and a loved retired set. First two cards with scarecrows from the Happy Blessings set. This is a fun set to color. The first card is colored using Copic markers. I can color with them okay, but don't have the blending and shading techniques conquered yet. I try, but everything still looks flat. I do like the vibrant colors they give though. I so need to save my money to get some nestability dies though. Working to get the scalloped rectangle to be the correct size AND have decent looking corners is no fun.

The second scarecrow card is colored using an aquapainter and watercolor crayons. I don't do a perfect job shading with these either but I think I do much better than with Copics. These give a much softer look. I uses a lot more embelishments on this second card. It uses items from the Fall craft kit from my SCS group.

My final fall card for today uses the retired SU set Autumn Fest. I love the leaves in this set. They are so real. I choose to use the oak leaf along wiith a couple of acorns for this card. It also uses papers from the Fall craft kit.

My goal with this card was to capture the look of leaves that are changing color. I was happy with my results. I used several fallish colored craft ink spots. Starting with the lightest color which was a golden yellow (More Mustard I think) and then progressing through to the darkest color which was Bravo Burgandy I dabbed the oak leaf stamp. I stamped it onto Old Olive cardstock and them embossed it all with clear embossing powder. I made several and just like real leaves they all looked different. Oh, I also used Chocolate Chip on the stem part of the leaf. I did the same type of inking and embossing on the acorns, but they were stamped on Creamy Carmel card stock using Chocolate Chip on caps and Close to Cocoa on the bottoms.

The card base is Sahara Sand and I sponged fall colors around the edge that wasn't covered by the striped paper.

Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.


Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh how I LOVE those scarecrows!!!!! I gotta use my Fall Kit!!! LOL

Diane said...

More lovely fall cards, Suzanne! I love them all. Can't you do a ton with that set. Love what you've created.

Christi said...

Love all of these fall cards!! Awesome Suzanne!!

LadyDoc said...

These all look terrific!!