Good morning my crafty friends.
It's time for a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the theme this time is 'Colours of Autumn.'
I've taken some time here and actually remembered to take some photographs of my card and it's progression.
I started by cutting out a circular mask for the Sun and then coloured it using my Ink Dusters and Distress inks. I always use a deeper shade, or a second colour of ink on approximately one third of the outer edge of the sun to give it some shade. You can see this here at the top left:
Next, I used a VersaMark embossing ink to add my silhouette image which is from Flonzcraft. You shouldn't really be able to see the image at this stage as the VersaMark ink pad is clear but unfortunately, mine has been well used. This isn't a problem when using dark embossing colours but it wouldn't be suitable if you were wanting to create a clear or white image.
I used a detailed black embossing powder and heat embossed it to create the silhouette figure.
The next bit is where my colour of Autumn come into play. After masking off the Sun, I used a Stampin Up leaf stamp from the 'Lovely as a Tree' set to stamp randomly all over the card. I used a Big and Juicy ink pad to do this as I knew that the colours would then all bend together beautifully. Unfortunately, these fabulous ink pads are no longer available.
The next bit was definitely a labour of love as it took me most of an afternoon to water colour each leaf that I'd stamped. I tried to ensure at this point that I had a good selection of each of the Autumn colours. Once again, I used the Big and Juicy ink pad for my colour palette. Once this was all dry, I used a sponge dauber around the sun to give it a warm glow and then dusted around the edge with a deep red to help fame my image.
Last leg now as I just needed to find a base card that would compliment the colours in my image, so I opted for a rich gold. As you can see, I also layered my card with cream and black card too to create a frame.
I think I've hit the brief here and I hope that you like the end result.