I am super excited to participate in my very first Crafty Collaborations blog hop featuring sets from the new Stampin’ Up! July – December Mini. Instead of featuring one of the Christmas sets, I went with the new bundle Fond of Autumn. I absolutely LOVE fall! Granted, it’s part of saying good-bye to the oppressive summer humidity we have here in Georgia, but the Fall colors nature produces are really breathtaking. An odd note about me? I don’t make many fall-themed cards. Not sure why that is, but the Fond of Autumn Bundle had me rethinking that. I couldn’t resist the cute acorns, the berries and the simple florals in this set. Oh, and then there’s the banner! I love a good banner so much!
When I sat down to play with this set, I wanted a combination of soft yet some traditional fall colors thrown in. I really, REALLY wanted to watercolor the main image, but that’s so above my talent level. However, since it’s International Watercolor Month, I went with the next best option and broke out my blender pen and ink pads.
I started by inking the largest image with StazOn Jet Black ink on watercolor paper with my Stamparatus. After heat setting it, I starting coloring with my blender pens. If you’ve never used blender pens, they are super easy to work with. You can use them to grab ink straight from the ink pad and blend coloring from watercolor pencils. Here’s a link to an older blog post where I used them.
The base of the card is Mint Macaron with a layer of Mint Macaron that I embossed with Timber 3D Embossing folder. To soften the texture, I added a piece of vellum behind my image. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to mount my image as well as the banner with the sentiment. I finished off the card with a bow of linen thread and a couple of brushed metallic adhesive-backed dots.
I hope you enjoyed my take on the Font of Autumn Bundle from Stampin’ Up! All supplies I used are listed further below. Be sure to check out the rest of the projects featuring products from the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.
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