Monday, 4 October 2010

Fall into autumn

I needed to make a birthday card for a friend; and although I don't normally tend to use autumnal colours in my crafting, there are so many autumn-themed challenges around this week that I thought I would give it a go.

Having broken out one of my Penny Black brushstroke stamps the other day I think it had put me in the mood, as I decided to use another of my neglected brushstroke stamps but watercolour it in autumn shades. I don't actually have all that many suitable shades of Marvey watercolour markers; but I'm quite pleased with the effect now it is done.

I decided to get much of my autumnal effect by sponging my mat with various colours of Versamagic chalk ink from the "autumn" Colorbox Q set, gradually getting darker towards the edges. I deliberately kept the background fairly simple as I didn't want the watercolouring and sponged inks to be overwhelmed.
Main image: Penny Black "Aspire" coloured with Marvey watercolour markers, and background sponged with Colorbox Q chalk inks;
Sentiment: Stamps Away;
Papers; My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus";
Supplies: Flowers by FloraDoodle; pearls from The Hobby House; lace and large pearl brad from stash;
Tools: curved rectangle mega nestabilities; Marianne D Creatables "Flower swirl" die.

I made this card to fit quite a few challenges:

Simon Says - It's Autumn! - photo inspiration (above)
Crafty Calendar (October) - Autumn Birthdays
Tuesday Taggers - Here Comes Autumn
Penny Black at Allsorts - Colours of Autumn
Sentimental Sundays #23 - Autumn
Stampin' for the Weekend #48 - Autumn Inspiration
Our Creative Corner - Beautiful Fall Colours (below)

Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Anything Goes

Well the weather has definitely turned autumnal with all the wind and rain ... I guess it will be coats and umbrellas at the ready from now on!


  1. Gorgeous card Pauline, beautiful colours and details.

  2. Hi Pauline
    A beautiful card
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

  3. Beautiful card Pauline!

    The image is coloured so beautifully and the sponged edges are perfect, love the different coloured brads.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts and good luck with the prizes!


  4. Lovely vintage look autumn card - I'm sold to this, beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining in at Penny Black @ Allsorts this month and good luck;-))m

  5. Hi Pauline

    What a lovely creation.

    I love th brushstroke stamps and used with those colours and the lace it looks lovely.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts this week and good luck.

    B x

  6. This is wonderful Pauline! I love the image, the sponged edges look beautiful. The flourish makes it all complete!
    Thanks so much for playing at Penny Black @ All sorts this month.

  7. Hi Pauline

    Your card is gorgeous.

    Beautiful image and colour choices.

    Love your lace and the pearls!!

    Thank you for sharing with Penny Black at Allsorts this month.

    Love Jules xx

  8. what a wonderfully warm card. Thank you so much for entering the Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this month and good luck!

  9. What a wonderful card Pauline.

    Hugs Riet.x

  10. Such a delightful card beautiful soft gentle colours. Love brushstrokes so sorry you damaged one. Thank you for sharing with us at Pennyblack @ Allsorts, good luck. xx Zoe

  11. I nearly forgot, thank you for sharing this lovely card with us at Tuesday Taggers, guess its Autumn everywhere just now LOL xx Zoe

  12. Oh Pauline, this is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Sentimental Sundays. ~chris

  13. Pauline this is gorgeous, i love the image you have used it looks beautiful with the fab autumn colours
    love tasha xx

  14. This is beautiful I love how you have used the lace and swirl x Thanks for joining us at TT this week x Janet

  15. hi stranger. Oh Pauline, this is stunning!!! I adore it. Thanks for joining us on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog -x-

  16. Awesome! I totally love this, Pauline! Wonderful vintage feel to it. Great lace, flourish and flower. That image is wonderful too. Terrific take on the OCC color challenge. So happy you were able to join in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

  17. Beautiful cards!

    I have that same happy birthday stamp :)

  18. Very pretty Pauline! I love the autumn colors and the beautiful flower. Great job combining so many challenges. Thanks for making Catch the Bug one of them. I hope you'll join us again on Saturday for our next one.

  19. Gorgeous, thanks for joining in this month at Crafty Calendar.

    Liz x

  20. Wow this is beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at SSDS this week with your beautiful card.

  21. This is totally gorgeous!
    Love the colors, the wonderful image and you`re design!
    Hugs from Maya

  22. Oh this is ever so pretty, i really like it :o) Thanks for playing along with our SFTW chalenge and good luck! Kate x

  23. Wow I love your project it is just awesome! Thank you so much for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge this week at Catch The Bug Challenge Blog.
    I wanted to wish you luck and I hope you come back next week when we have some wonderful things planned and a very special Blog hop with lots of ways to win!
    Tammy Miller DT Coordinator, Bugaboo Stamps

  24. This is just GORGEOUS!!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Anything Goes Challenge at Catch The Bug! We hope you'll join us for all the excitement this weekend.
    Hugs & Happy Days!

  25. Lovely card! Thanks for playing along with 'Our Creative Corner' color challenge this week!

  26. Oh hun, this is so totally gorgeous! I love that stamp and in the autumn colours it is so evocative of this time of year. Beautiful. Hugs, Sxx

  27. Very elegant card Pauline.
    Love the image.
    Thanks for joining us at PB@Allsorts and good luck.
    Debs xx

  28. Lovely autumn inspired card. Thank you for joining in the fun at SFTW for this weeks challenge.

    Hugs x


  29. What a gorgeous Autumnal card Pauline. I love the soft inking and the gorgeous lace. Thank you for joining in with the Penny Black Allsorts challenge this month and we hope to see you next time.


  30. Another fabulous card, Pauline! Love the crochet ribbon on the side and the colors are just beautiful!

  31. Beautiful!!!! Love your Autumn colours and what a perfect image.
    Kaz xx

  32. What a gorgeous card, beautiful warm colours
    Thanks for joining Penny Black @ ALLSORTS this month, hope you will join us again, good luck
    Hugz Fleur xXx


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