Friday, 9 October 2015

Autumn leaves

Well, autumn is well and truly here now isn't it? We don't seem to have had much wind yet, so the leaves have stayed on the trees after changing colour and are looking really spectacular, especially when we have a bright sunny day, and we've been lucky enough to have had a few of those this week.

I love the colours of autumn, all the rich golds, browns and earthy reds are my favourite colours, so it's no surprise that the very first stamps I bought many, many years ago were these autumn leaf ones - the big leaf cluster is a Rubber Stampede one and the chestnut leaf a Personal Impressions one. I've teamed them with a Best Wishes stamp, which came from the bargain bucket at the local craft shop, also one of my very first purchases, and a set of Rubberstamp Tapestry (now called Card-io) stamps that are positive youngsters, since I see from the pack that I bought them in 2006.

Having dug out my oldest stamps, it was only natural to combine them with my oldest surviving inkpad (black, gold and Versamark having been replaced several times), the Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves pad. I really don't know how it goes on being so superbly inky, year after year, use after use.

I coloured the leaf cluster with Promarkers and fussy cut it, then used a ball tool and scissor blades to curl the ends of the leaves, sticking the centre of the image down with sticky dots and using 3-d adhesive towards the edges to preserve the 3-d effect.

I think the earth tomes and lack of fancy embellishments give this card a very masculine feel - and my husband has just said he likes it, so QED.


I am sharing this with:

Crafty Creations Challenges - Falling for you
The Male Room - Autumn
Shopping Our Stash - Use your oldest birthday supplies
Mod Squad - get your Fall on
Creative card crew - Masculine    

5 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, Your leaf card is absolutely gorgeous. The kaleidacolour ink pad works so well for autumn leaves. It is a very masculine card but one I'd be very happy with too. Barbxx

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  2. Love your golden leaves and the 3 D effect. I want to reach out and touch them. Thanks for playing in the Mod Squad challenge.

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  3. Yes I always run my Masculine cards by my husband to see what he thinks. Love the colours and the tumbling effect you've achieved. Those 3D leaves are really effective popped up and using your ball tool. I always forget about my kaleidoscope ink pads, which are perfect for the Autumn challenges. Love your card x.

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  4. This is fabulous and the falling horse chestnut leaves have great colours. Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with our Autumn theme at The Male Room this week!

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  5. what a beautifully autumnal birthday card! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us this week! ♥

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