Fall is my favorite time of year and it won't be long before we'll start to see the leaves turning brilliant shades of yellow, red & orange. Today, I'm sharing a pair of fall cards created with one of the most versatile stamp sets in the Annual Catalog!
The Colorful Seasons stamp set is a fantastic set for fall-themed projects, plus it's versatile to use for any season…all year long!
The Baby Wipe technique is a fabulous technique to create beautiful, brilliant, multicolored leaves! And it's so easy, too!
Background Basics—I started by adhering a 4-1/4" x 2" piece of Cajun Craze card stock to a Soft Suede card base for the background.
Baby Wipe Ink Pad—I created my own multicolor ink pad by folding up two baby wipes into quarters, then dropping several colors of Refill Inks onto it. For this project, I used drops of Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Old Olive.
TIP:Lay the baby wipe pad on something non-porous like a large acrylic block or plastic plate so the inks won't bleed through to your work surface.
TIP:The key is to add enough drops of refill inks so that the different colors just start to touch and blend on the baby wipe. You don't want a lot of space between colors, yet dropping them too closely will created muddied colors.
Colorful Leaves—I inked up the large solid Colorful Seasons maple leaf image on my baby wipe ink pad, tapping and "smooshing" back & forth to get complete coverage on the stamp. I stamped it three times onto a 3-5/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Whisper White card stock, re-inking the stamp each time. I stamped the small maple leaf the same way to fill in the blank spots and make it look like the leaves were falling down the left side.
Sweet Sentiment—I stamped Colorful Seasons sentiment in Early Espresso ink on the upper right.
Fantastic Flecks—I used an Aqua Painter dipped into Soft Suede Refill Ink to splatter some flecks of color over the leaves. I simply loaded the brush with color, then tapped the barrel of the brush against my index finger. TIP: I recommend practicing flecking on scrap paper to get a feel for how much ink is splattering and in what direction.
I adhered the stamped layer to a 3-3/4" x 5" layer of Early Espresso with SNAIL.
Finishing Touches—I wrapped a couple of strands from Burlap Ribbon around the layers, tied them into a double-knot and popped up the layer with Dimensionals onto the card front.
Inside—Don't forget to add a couple of baby wipe stamped mini leaves on the inside! They are so cute!
Two Cool—I created about a dozen cards with my baby wipe ink pad and as the ink was used up the colors were getting less brilliant, a little more muddy. I thought it created a lovely, more subtle look, so I did a second version with those softer colors.
This time I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and a strip of Old Olive. I tied the stamped layers with the stretchy mesh 1/4" Copper Trim, flairing the ends to make it look more bow-like.
The flecks on this card are a little larger, which was a result of squeezing a little water into the brush before picking up the ink and splattering.