Autumn Beauty

I’ve had the rough idea for this card in my head for a few days. I finished work a bit early today so I was finally able to find some time to sit down and work on it. This is one of those cards that the idea really solidified as I worked on it. I definitely enjoyed making this one.

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper, which is a very white watercolour paper. I knew I wanted to stamp and heat emboss the large leaf from the Hot Off The Press Leaves stamp set. After working out where I wanted to add the leaf I started thinking more about how I wanted the rest of the design to be. I decided to add a sentiment from Pink and Main’s Doodled Flowers. Using my MISTI I stamped and heat embossed both stamps with gold embossing powder onto the more textured side of the watercolour paper.

I then took my clear Ranger Emboss It Pen (which I got from the October Simon Says Stamp card kit) and added a swirl line between the sentiment and the leaf. It was a little tricky as I couldn’t see what I was drawing. After drawing the initial line in I added more embossing powder, used a paint brush to refine the thickness of the line in places, then heat embossed it. I then drew a few more swirls coming from the main line, and heat embossed them too.

Having completed the heat embossing I moved on to my painting. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolours. After checking the swatch sheet I picked out 30 Cadmium Red, 33 Orange, and 43 Mid Yellow to use. I covered the whole leaf with a wash of water first, then added in the paint. I’m not the best watercolourist, and probably should have started lighter than I did, but it worked out well enough! I concentrated the red towards the bottom left, and the yellow on the top right. I allowed the colours to mix in the middle, and added a little of the yellow to help it along.

After the painting was completed and fully dried I adhered the watercoloured panel flush to an orange card base.

I’m pretty pleased with this card! I really like how the colours turned out, and I do like my doodled addition even if it’s not perfect. I need to work on my watercolouring skills a bit, but even there it didn’t go too badly. Mostly I just need to be more careful – I went over the edge in a couple of places, and I also managed to drip paint on the white area of my panel. That would have been fine if I was planning on adding splatters… I did manage to pick the drips away mostly, so they are barely noticeable. I just have to keep reminding myself that handmade doesn’t have to be perfect!


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Trees and Leaves

CAS Watercolour Challenge – Fall Leaves

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes and Optional: Gold

Less Is More – Hot & Spicy Colours

Uniko Challenge – Autumn


29 thoughts on “Autumn Beauty

  1. Simply CAS-tastic, beautiful use of those hot and spicy colours. Your embossed sentiment and image set it off brilliantly and it’s great to see you link up at both Uniko and Less is More this week. Thanks so much

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  2. This is so pretty, Charlotte. Great job with the design. I love your hand drawn swirls to connect the sentiment to the leaf. Very artistic! And your watercolouring leaf is so bright and beautiful. Great watercolouring skills … you are too hard on yourself! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  3. Absolutely stunning card with these hot and spicy colours and the gold embossing ! This stamp set is gorgeous and your watercoloring is fabulous ! Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Less is More and Uniko challenges !

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  4. The hand-drawn swirl is fabulous! Love the beautiful leaf and the overall simplicity of your design. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

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  5. The colors in your leaf are perfect, Charlotte! I love how the sentiment drifts into the leaf and the brilliant embossing! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  6. This looks so beautiful! Your gold embossing looks very elegant and rich and your watercoloring is spectacular! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More and I hope to see you playing along in our current challenge OLC: Stars!

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  7. What a stunning CAS design!! I love that you let this gold image be the star of your card and the warm colours used for the leaf are perfection. So very glad you joined us at Happy Little Stampers!

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