Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Colored Cards

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn and I'm already creating with a favorite color palette. Autumn colors are warm and rich. They inspire me like no others. When I was a girl, my mom thought my brown hair, green eyes, and gold skin were best if I wore autumn colors, so most of my clothes were in shades of greens, browns, and golds. Here are some cards inspired by these colors.

First is a pair I made using this month's CTMH From the Heart special for National Stamping Month. One of our daughters just finished her defending her thesis for her doctorate in psychology. The congratulations card is an expression of how proud we are of her.

 The card is interactive. There's a small tab on top that you pull up which reveals the inside message by sliding the front up over the card base.

The flowers and leaves were  stamped in two or three layers for more details and  dimension.
Below, you can see the side views of pulling up the tab at the top which slides the card front away from the inside message. For my CTMH friends, you can find directions on the blog here.

The next card is one celebrating the abundance of blessings we continually receive from the Lord. The larger background paper was a digital one I printed long ago from being on the design team of one of the digi stamp companies, either Doodle Pantry or Clear Dollar Stamps. I enhanced it with a strip of retired CTMH Passages. I love the new CTMH leaf die, even just the skeleton without the backing. The leaves stand out on the retired CTMH burlap ribbon and are combined with Recollections burlap flowers.

  I love the artful scripture verse on front and inside, which saus, "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good." Both verses are Psalms from Papertrey Ink. I wanted to stamp fairly big leaves inside, but I couldn't find my large box of autumn stamps.  I had one stamp set called Spring Leaves from CTMH more than 10 years ago which you won't remember unless you've been with CTMH a long time.  (I rarely get rid of stamps.) This one was stamped with retired Saddle ink with the edges rolled in Chocolate ink. I like to use older ink pads for the rock and roll technique in case mixing the colors on the darker ink pad changes the hue a little.

Thank you for visiting! May you begin autumn enjoying many blessings from the Lord.

I'm sharing this project with the following challenges:

Craftaholics Challenge #37 - Fall Colors
Crafty Gals Corner #141 -  Fancy fold
Double D Challenge - Sentiments/Quotes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #363 - Floral Embellishments
Little Red Wagon #412 - Leaf it to me
Mod Squad Challenge - Leaves
Moving Along with the Times #54 - Sentiment as Focal Point
Word Art Wednesday #300-301 - anything goes


Kathleen said...

Vickie, I love these is the basic colors with the gold! It's over the top!!

Wendy L said...

Love this one, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Xxx

Macimbalo said...

WOW! So gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at  The Mod Squad Challenge Angie, Challenge Host.

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Moving along with the times.
~Janis, DT

Janis Lewis said...

Me again! Thanks for sharing at Craftaholics R Us.
~Janis, Owner/DT

Darlene said...

FABULOUS creations Vickie! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Sentiments & Quotes’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

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Diane Louise J said...

Hello Vickie… Thanks for sharing your lovely Autumn card with Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog; it fits perfectly with our ‘Sentiment’ challenge theme. Hope you can join us again very soon.
Diane Louise (DT member) xx

Leslie Miller said...

Beautiful cards and what a wonderful verse on your autumn card. I'm so glad you shared with us at Double D!

kahaulani said...

gorgeous card!!! thank you for joining us at Craftaholics R Us DT elecia

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards...Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky Challenges :)
Wendy xx

Judy V said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

Kate - Small Bits of Paper said...

Such fabulous cards!! The colours are just perfect for this time of year!!

Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week!

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