Thursday, 10 November 2016

Autumn bracken

I love the colour of bracken in the autumn - on our trip to the New Forest last weekend we saw loads of it, and when the sun shone on the Saturday it looked wonderful. This card is inspired by those glowing golden autumn colours.

I used the waste card from a die cut oval to mask off the front of the card, then watercoloured the oval using Marvy Matchables inkpads in three shades, smooshed onto scrap acetate and then picked up and blended with a waterbrush. With the mask still in place,  once the paint was dry I used the darkest of the Marvy inks to stamp a large text stamp (it is actually a paragraph about the language of flowers) through the aperture.

After removing the mask, I tidied up the edge where a little of the paint had seeped under the mask with dots of a darker marker. Then I used brown Versacolor ink to stamp the bracken frond, a stamp from an old Graphicus set, and heat embossed it with a slightly variegated powder that goes by the rather puzzling name of Wild Tiger.

I am sharing this with

Use Your Stuff - Fall 
Addicted to stamps and more - CAS
CAS Mix up - Stamping & masking & Your choice  (watercolour, heat embossing)
CAS watercolour - text other than a sentiment


  1. Gorgeous colours Jane!! Love this autumn watercoloured card. Great design with your masked oval, and great idea to use a dark brown marker to outline the oval with a pretty pattern to hide any of the seepage ... looks beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up!

  2. This is gorgeous Jane. I love the colours in your oval and the fern looks fantastic. Barbxx

  3. A beautiful job of masking, Jane! I love the beautiful depth of the autumn colors! The coppery bracken is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

  4. Love the masked oval with the text and your simple fern leaf! Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour!

  5. Your watercoloring makes the oval almost glow, Jane. The colors are definitely autumnal and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Addicted to Stamps and More this week.

  6. I love your CAS card. Beautiful colors!
    Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff Challenge
    Maria Pilar DT

  7. Great inking and masking yo make this pretty card xx

  8. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Use Your Stuff - Gail

  9. Such a gorgeous card; your autumn palette is amazing! Thank you for sharing this gem in the ATSM gallery!

  10. Beautiful colors and card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up. Linda, GD.

  11. Wow your colors are stunning and your masking is perfection! Thank you for playing with us at CAS Watercolor Challenge!


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