Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Autumn beauty

Hello, crafting friends!

One of the great pleasures of autumn is seeing the leaves turn into beautiful ambers, reds, golds, tans and every shade in between. You do get a lot of wind and rain but every now and then Mother Nature seems to take a breath, and the sun comes out, and you get to see the glowing colours of autumn against a pure blue sky. That's what inspired today's card:

I started by sponging some Tumbled Glass distress ink onto a card panel and stamping leaves from WPlus9's Modern Roses over it. The panel was trimmed to size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle.

The leaves were stamped again on some offcuts of card stock, coloured with alcohol markers in shades of orange and each individual leaf cut out. The leaves were then glued over the stamped leaves on the card panel - this makes them really pop against the background. I added a bit of detail by clapping wet hands over the panel and, when it was dry, stamping a sentiment from Clearly Besotted and some blue sequins.

I'm linking this card up with Inkspirational, where I was inspired by the leaves against the sky in the inspiration photo; Color Hues, where the colour duo this fortnight is Orange and Blue; and Watercooler Wednesday where it's Karen's turn to host the Occasions challenge.

Thank you to everyone that has been lovely about Eva. She is definitely on the mend. The swelling on her ear flap is beginning to come down already and doesn't seem to bother her at all - she doesn't scratch or paw at it or shake her head. Her ear infection seems to have cleared nicely too although I will continue to monitor her ears.

Getting wet is not the best plan for Eva at the moment but the weather can be pretty unpredictable here. Here she is with her pal Jasper after an eventful walk in torrential rain with an added thunder storm! Those ears had to be extra well-dried today!

Sending hugs, 


  1. WOW that card is so beautiful . . . Very striking indeed with the lovely autumnal leaves against the blue.

    Soooooo pleased to hear Eva's health is improving. Great pic of her and Jasper.

    Hug x

  2. The beautiful autumnal oranges look gorgeous against the blue background,a great card pleased to read that Eva's ear is improving

  3. A really beautiful card, super colour used or the leaves which look great against the lovely blue background. Super photo too.

    Kath x

  4. This is gorgeous and so glad I read your details. I love that you took the time to add dimension by cutting the leaves out again and adding them on top of the already stamped image. Plus, it's an absolutely genius idea to clap your wet hands to achieve your water droplets. Such a wonderful card and informative post! Love the pic of the pups all wet too. Thanks for playing along again at Color Hues.

  5. A beautiful card! I love the way you created those gorgeous orange leaves. Your fussy cutting is superb! I hope Eva continues to improve. Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

  6. Beautiful rich vibrant leaves again the soft blue hue Vicky.

    When a doggie is inclined to all thing wet it's difficult, but at least being aware of an issue allows you to keep on top of things.

    B x

  7. I love your gorgeous card! The leaves look so bright & crisp against the blue! Love the technique!

  8. OH! Such a beautiful card Vicky, I love the combination of the blue sky and the autumnal leaves on that sunny day we are so rare in having recently, it's a lovely happy card. Good to hear that Eva is better.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

  9. Beautiful card ~ I love the blue and orange combo and the sequin gives it just the right shimmer ~ Look at those wet dog faces! so sweet :)

  10. Wow! Such gorgeous bright orange leaves, Vicky! They look awesome against the blue background!

  11. This is a beautiful use of the colors. Love this, Vicky! Wonderful tip to cut the leaves out and place over the stamped leaves - such pretty texture!

  12. Beautiful! Love the autumn leaves! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Color Hues Challenge!

  13. So pretty! love the colors! Shannon

  14. What a wonderful way to use this colour combination, Vicky! Your leaves a beautiful and work so well with your pretty blue background! Thanks for joining in over at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Take care! :)

  15. Your combination of the autumn leaves and blue background is positively gorgeous! Awesome take on the photo at Inkspirational; so delighted you joined us!

  16. How pretty Vicky. Your orange leaves are perfect. Thanks for sharing with us at Watercooler Wednesday this week

  17. Gorgeous orange leaves with the wash of blue, Vicky!! Congrats on the recognition at Color Hues with this beauty!!


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