Autumn Leaves And A New Technique for Colour Me..!

by Joanne James8. October 2014 09:00

Here's today's creative post - my Design Team card for this week's challenge over at Colour Me...! where we have the striking colour combination of Cherry Cobbler and Hello Honey to work with this week:


These are great autumnal colours and I like Claire was inspired by this week's photo and those lovely leaves surrounding the bowl. I also used this week's Deconstructed Sketch layout as the basis for my design. So you want to see my card? Here it is:

Another 6" square card - my second this week - and lots of layers, so pay attention!

I decided today's card would be a perfect opportunity to try out a technique that I've seen a lot in blogland recently - the alcohol marker marbling technique, where you colour a piece of plastic with your Stampin' Up! Blendabilities, spritz with alcohol and then lay your glossy cardstock on top. I watched this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers to get an idea of how to get the effect, although I decided to use gold foil in place of glossy white cardstock as I wanted to really emphasise the richness of the autumnal colours. I cut out my leaf using my Silhouette Cameo, but you could use the Autumn Accents Bigz Die if you have it. In keeping with the challenge, I used the darkest of the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and the darkest of my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities (much more like Hello Honey) to create my marbled leaf. Depending on how much alcohol you add, depends on the effect you achieve. I used very little for the leaf that I used on my card as I wanted to colours to remain quite vibrant, but I also made some that were much more subtle. When you are using this technique on gold foil cardstock, you need to be careful that you don't rub the card too much or otherwise some silver from the layer beneath will show through. You can see this in places on my leaf, but I like it that way - I think it just adds more to the finish of the leaf. Here's a 'work in progress' picture that shows the difference in the subtle effect you can achieve:

I tied my leaf with some linen thread then mounted it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut out with a Window Frame framelit, and backed this with a square of kraft cardstock. I crossed some Hello Honey cardstock and some textured Cherry Cobbler cardsock (retired) beneath this, along with a little label of Hello Honey that is stamped with my 'give thanks' sentiment in Cherry Cobbler, on top of a mat of kraft cardstock, stamped with the En Francais (retired) background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar ink. Another mat of textured Cherry Cobbler cardstock to finish before the kraft cardstock base.

So what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment on today's card, before hopping over to check out the amazing cards by the rest of the Colour Me...! team:

And our talented guest designer for October - Jen Mitchell
We look forward to seeing your striking creations. 
Back tomorrow with another project that actually uses the negative space from the leaf I cut out today - pop back if you'd like to see what I did with it! Until then, happy stampin'!
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Comments (10) -

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
10/9/2014 12:13:02 AM #

Joannes, this card is fabulous!  First of all, I love square cards!  The marbling technique is just gorgeous on your leaf.  You have inspired me to try this technique!  Thank you for always inspiring me!  XX


Joanne James
Joanne James
10/11/2014 9:38:36 PM #

Thanks Claire - it was a fun technique and not as tricky as I thought it would be!


Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
10/9/2014 3:22:36 AM #

The leaf looks amazing and I'm so glad you shared how to create it!  


Joanne James
Joanne James
10/11/2014 9:43:39 PM #

Thanks Jen - this is the kind of technique that I think you can have a lot of fun with.


Tara Bourgoin
Tara BourgoinCanada
10/13/2014 12:46:02 PM #

Wow Joanne! That leaf is just gorgeous! You've got so much tone and variation in there, it looks so real. I love all the layers to your card as well.


Joanne James
Joanne James
10/14/2014 6:05:34 PM #

Thanks Tara - it is really eye-catching in real life, I think the foil gives it an added sheen. Glad you like it!


Cindy Brumbaugh
Cindy BrumbaughUnited States
10/13/2014 7:23:08 PM #

I had seen this mentioned but you made me check it out, Joanne. You did a fantastic job with it. TFS your beautiful autumn card.


Joanne James
Joanne James
10/14/2014 6:07:05 PM #

Thanks Cindy - so glad you like my card! I kept seeing examples of this technique I just had to give it a go!


Hayley's Paper Garden
Hayley's Paper GardenCanada
10/14/2014 1:13:02 AM #

What an excellent technique of your maple leaf Joanne! FABulous job Smile


Joanne James
Joanne James
10/14/2014 6:07:41 PM #

Thank you Hayley - hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!


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