CIC 456 | Autumn Blessings | Orange, Yellow and Brown | All Dressed Up

Our new colour theme challenge at Cupcake Inspirations is perfect for Autumn. We’re sponsored by All Dressed Up for our orange, yellow and brown themed challenge. You have almost two whole weeks to link up for your chance to win a prize!

I started by printing the adorable Sleepy Time image onto some watercolour paper. As soon as it came out of the printer I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and then heat set it. This is because my printer ink is not water safe, and by heat embossing it I can ensure it won’t run when I am watercolouring it.

I started by creating my background. I wanted to be sure that the background colour would not effect the fox herself, so I used some masking fluid to mask off the fox. I applied the fluid all over the fox image and set it aside to completely dry.

Once the masking fluid was dry I began creating my smooshed background. I started with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide which I pressed onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water containing Perfect Pearls, then flipped the acetate over and pressed the colour onto my paper. (You can see how I do this in my recent video, here.) Once I was happy with the coverage I dried it with my heat gun.

I repeated the process with my other colours, working from lightest to darkest and layering them up. As well as the Squeezed Lemonade I used Wild Honey Distress Oxide, then Spiced Marmalade and Tea Dye Distress inks.

With the background completed and fully dried I carefully removed the mask from my image. The mask can be removed by rubbing it with a finger, but I prefer to use my Xyron Adhesive Eraser.

I used watercolour pencils to colour the fox image. I started with three shades of reddish browns. I first coloured over the fur areas with the lightest shade, leaving just a small white area where I wanted the highlights to be. I then went back in with my midtone and finally the darkest tone to deepen the shading. I used an old Wink of Stella pen, which has been somewhat diluted with water but still has some shimmer, to blend out the watercolour pencil. I started from the lightest areas and moved into the darker ones, to ensure that I wouldn’t lose the shading that I had drawn in.

For the white areas of the foxes fur I decided to add shading with a lighter brown. Usually I would use a little grey for shading white, but I thought that the light yellow-brown would give a warmer look and fit with the colour theme better. I again took the colour theme into consideration when picking colours for the flowers, going with yellow and orange shades. I again sped up the drying by using my heat gun.

I placed my coloured panel into my MISTI and stamped a sentiment from the Hello Autumn stamp set that was part of the Love From Lizi October card kit. I used Caramel ink from Hero Arts for the stamping as I felt the brown was a better fit than using black. I then trimmed the panel down and adhered it with double-sided tape to my orange card base. I finished it off by adding some copper mirror peel-offs (also from the Love From Lizi kit) around the edge of the panel.

This image from All Dressed Up is so sweet and I think watercolouring is the perfect technique for it. The smooshed background adds to the dreamy look of the sleeping fox, and I think the colours work beautifully for Autumn. It’s a really fun colour combination and I hope you’ll join in with using it and link up to our challenge.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Cards Und More – Autumn

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Orange, Yellow and Brown

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge – Mood Board

Kat Scrappiness Card Challenge – Welcome Fall

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Autumn


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







18 thoughts on “CIC 456 | Autumn Blessings | Orange, Yellow and Brown | All Dressed Up

    1. Thanks Wendy! 🙂 I was surprised how well it works. You want to make sure you print with high quality for maximum ink so that it will stay wet long enough, and get the powder on there quickly.

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      1. I’ve tried to print on watercolor paper before, but the paper I have was too thick. What kind did you use? Next time I’m at the craft store I’ll have to remember to look for some thinner paper. Watercolor is my favorite medium!


      2. I use Canson XL paper. I actually recently got a different printer and it works better for thicker paper than my old one did. The old one had a front feed for the paper, where as this one takes it down through the top so it handles thicker ones better.

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      3. Mine is a front feeder. I might bring some of my paper to work and print from there. Not as convenient, but it’s a laser printer and feeds from the top. The front feeders roll the paper through and doesn’t work with thicker papers. Thanks so much for the insight!

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  1. What a beautiful card! That sweet fox is adorable and I love all the beautiful coloring! I’m also a big fan of ink smooshing backgrounds, I love that watercolored look! I might have to get a different printer as well, I have trouble with thick paper as well. Thanks so much for joining us at Kat Scrappiness this month!

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