Sunday, October 7, 2018

Autumn Leaves & Berries


Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week I have the pleasure and honor of being your hostess with a theme challenge: Leaves and Trees. Any kind of leaf or tree is welcome! 



I wanted to create some autumnal leaves, and chose this Berry Kissed stamp from Penny Black. I bought a few of their "brushstroke" style stamps about a year ago, but this is the first time any of them is seeing ink. It was definitely a learning curve for me, and the first two tries wound up in the trash. The third time and a few Youtube videos later, I decided I needed to me more patient and not so eager to use the trash pail. 

To create it, I put the stamp in my Misti and repeatedly inked the leaves with Memento markers. I did the berries first to be sure of their placement (my first mistake). A few times I spritzed the stamp with water, alowing the paper to dry between stampings. Sometimes I used a water brush directly on the paper, and other times I stamped dry. After I was satisfied with the colors, I stamped the last layer with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This gave the leaves a nice shine, and allowed me to watercolor the background without the leaf image bleeding. So as you can see this all took some time, but I'm really happy with the end result. 




I thought my card would also work well for the challenge at CAS Watercolor: Orange, Green and Brown. Though my process wasn't exactly simple, I think it's clean enough as it is a one layer card. At Uniko there is a lovely inspiration photo, with the optional twist of Thanks. This isn't a Uniko stamp, but maybe I'll win one! 



Stamp Sets: Berry Kissed (Penny Black), Sheltering Tree (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Multi Media (Blick)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Markers: Memento
Tools: Misti, Heat Tool, Paintbrushes 
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)



Thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave a comment, and then head over to visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players. I hope you'll play along with my challenge this week, too! 


The Paper Players Design Team


Inky hugs :)

24 comments:

Mac Mable said...

Just popped in to say that I think your card is stunning and you've used the most beautiful colours. Yes a very steep learning curve for me too with these fabulous brushstroke stamps but it is so worth it when it looks like this. Glad you had the patience/perseverance to keep going. Amazing card x.

Nancy Farrell said...

Good Morning Sandy . . . what detail in this beautiful card. It looks fantastic. The water coloring is so soft and realistic.
Have a blessed day.
:)

LeAnne said...

This is jaw-dropping! Your patience rewarded you with a stunning work of art! It's frame-worthy!

Ashwini Rao said...

It looks absolutely terrific, Sandy! Love all the blending - and the berries too! I must say, all the time you spent on it is totally worth it! Just fantastic!!

Joanne James said...

What a fabulous card Sandy! A different style for you but so glad you persevered because it really is beautiful! the watercolouring and blending is exquisite and the clear embossing adds a lovely shine. Way to rock your own challenge this week!

Sue Duffy said...

Beautiful, Sandy! Worth your time for sure.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Well worth all your effort - this is one stunning card!!!

Jan Clothier said...

Definitely worth the time, Sandy! This is magnificent! I feel as though I should be looking at it framed in cool little art gallery somewhere instead of in a card blog. One layered perfection, for sure!

Nancy said...

This is incredible! Not sure I could ever achieve something this fabulous! So happy I came by to have a look as this is so inspiring Sandy!

Claire Broadwater said...

Sandy, this is so GORGEOUS!!!!!! This card is frame worthy! Your patience paid off because I love every detail in this piece of art! Such a great challenge! I hope you have a wonderful week, My friend! XX

Loll said...

Stunning card Sandy. You have really mastered using these brush stroke stamps. Love the variation of colours of your leaves. Adding the clear embossing does give the leaves and berry a lovely sheen. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Fall colored leaves CAS design, Sandy. There is a learning curve with these Brushstroke stamps, but what beautiful work of art, when you succeed. TFS your beauty. Hugs...

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

this is gorgeousness! Hugs

laurie said...

Wow this is really STUNNING....I love how it turned out. How beautiful for fall!!!

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS card Sandy!! Your patience definitely paid off with this lovely, lovely card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Ann Schach said...

Wow! This has to be one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! Absolutely stunning, Sandy!

Jaydee said...

Sandy, your patience paid off. The result is absolutely stunning. Your leaves have so much detail and I love the colors you have used. Absolutely gorgeous
hugs
jaydee

Eliz Stewart said...

Sandy... I am so glad you stuck with your card! The final result is spectacular. Brilliant tip to stamp in Versamark and emboss in clear as a barrier for watercoloring. So love this card... you've inspired me to pull out some of those brushstroke stamps!

The VineArt Cafe said...

wow, everyone has said it all, this is simply stunning! I just love it!

Robyn Oliver said...

Gorgeous card Sandy, fabulous stamp and beautifully coloured

Alcántar Cereceda said...

so beautiful card
lovely watercolor , congrats

thanks for your comment in my blog
have a nice day :)

Anne Marie Hile said...

Sandy, all I can say is WOW! Such a gorgeous image and it sounds like you put in a lot of work to achieve the final image. It is stunning though! So much detail…truly a one-layer wonder, my friend! :)

Linda said...

This is simply stunning ..... great colouring on those gorgeous leaves. Thank you for playing along with the Uniko Challenge xx

Brenda said...

Goodness, this card is simply stunning! Your leaves and berries are so real looking. I so love how this turned out and well worth the time you put into it! Thanks for playing along in the Oct. challenge over at CAS Watercolour! Hugs, Brenda