I love fall in the Midwest. It's one of my favorite things about being back in Illinois. It's getting cooler here and soon the leaves will start changing. It's time for pumpkin flavored treats, caramel apples, and hooded sweatshirts. I must say it again- I love fall and that's what my card is based on today. Well, fall and the sentiment "even leaves fall for you" going through my head in the middle of the night.
The Unity Stamp Company color challenge, which is shown above, was perfect for my fall leaves. If you're a Stampin' Up user, you'll also recognize these colors as four of the new 2014-2016 In Colors. Blackberry Twist, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, and Mossy Meadow even sound a bit like fall colors. I used Soft Suede for the brown and this completed my color palette.
When I showed my mom this completed card, she thought the leaves in the background were a printed piece of paper that I had just cut. Actually, I made it myself for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background. I stamped and embossed the leaf outlines from the retired Stampin' Up stamp set, "Gently Falling" on watercolor paper. Then, I "stamped" each of my ink pads in the colors listed above on an acrylic block and added water to them. This created my watercolor paint. I used a little mini spray bottle to wet down all of my watercolor paper. Using watercolor paintbrushes, I filled in the embossed areas of the leaves with the watered down ink. I added more ink and different colors until I had my leaves the way I wanted them. Then, I filled in the entire background with Soft Suede watered down ink. The hardest part was letting it dry to see the completed product!
I call this technique, "Embossed Watercolor," although I don't know if that's it's real name! Anyway, it is a technique, so I'm also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Rock the Techniques.
Now for the center of the card that inspired the whole thing. I still can't sleep good at night because of my terrible back pain. So, for some reason, in the middle of the night on Saturday night, the sentiment "even leaves fall for you" kept going through my head. I don't know why, but the more I thought about it, the more I loved it. From there, I thought about making the background, entering it in the Simon Challenge...and before long, my card was created.
The sentiment comes from the Unity Stamp Company August 2014 Kit of the Month, "Summer Collapses Into Fall." The little leaf I stamped three times next to the sentiment also is included in this awesome kit. Before long, I was able to create my card. It wasn't exactly like I had pictured in the middle of the night, but I like it even better. Plus, for all the hours I've been awake, it's about time something good came out of it!
I used the following products to make this card:
Summer Collapsed Into Fall August 2014 Stamp Kit of the Month Set by Unity Stamp Company
I used the following Stampin' Up products to make this card:
Gently Falling Stamp Set
Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Twist and Soft Suede Classic Inks
Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Twist and Soft Suede Card Stock
3/8" Blackberry Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon
Clear Embossing Powder