Card Patterns Sketch #85 - Autumn Blessings

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Friday, and Happy Fall, everyone! Hope you don't tire of my Fall cards and Fall leaves, but, it's a short-lived season, and I want to enjoy and celebrate every beautiful moment of it!!

Like this a field that borders the subdivision right behind us. I could see between the rooftops that these trees looked like they were on fire, with the dark clouds that had passed behind them and the sun that was setting very low still shining on them. Jillian and I grabbed the camera and our bikes to try to snatch a shot before the sun got too low. Sadly, we were too late for the view I was seeing from our house, but...if you look closely, you can see the rainbow that was starting over on the right. Ya don't see too many of those in the Fall, now, do ya?! Such a pretty evening!!
So, needless to say, Fall is still my inspiration for card making. I used this sketch from Card Patterns for my card. I was also inspired by a post from Agata's (Card Patterns DT member)blog where she had tried some techniques from a Jennifer McGuire class on Distress Inks. I love Jennifer McGuire, and the Distress Inks and Agata's finished products, so I checked out the videos and incorporated some of what was taught in my card.

I used three different colors of DI's on my large Leaf Print (PTI) image, then misted the stamp with water before stamping on my leaf (die cut from watercolor paper). I did the same thing with the leafy images I used on the watercolor paper circle die cut, although I didn't get as much water on those so they stayed a little crisper. I got a nice water color effect on the leaf, though, and I liked how the colors muddled together. I didn't use any misting with the leaf vein stamp, or the sentiment. Then I just warmed up the circle with more distress inks.

I hated to rely on doilies again for the side half-circle shapes, I just couldn't dig up anything else that I thought worked better. Anyway, I am pleased with the card and colors. And I am definitely going to keep experimenting with the new DI techniques. It's really alot of fun, and it turns out differently every time!!

Thanks so much for visiting!!

Autumn Blessings to you, dear friends and family!!



  1. Gorgeous card Geri! I love love that maple leaf and dyed ribbon. Everything looks so perfectly matched together.

  2. Oh so BEAUTIFUL Geri! Maple leaves are special to us Canadians you know! That one is amazing! Thanks for sharing the pretty photo too!...Nancy :o)

  3. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining in with Card Patterns,


  4. Such a gorgeous, beautiful, non-traditional Fall colored card!

  5. Another "beautiful" fall card!! Loved the picture, Isn't Fall in Indiana, priceless.....

  6. Oooooo, I love it! I love the colors! Beautiful job Ger.

  7. Absolutely beautiful Geri. Love the leaf and pretty bow. :)

  8. Hi Geri! This card turned out so pretty. I love how the color from the leaf and the ribbon match so perfectly!

  9. Your cards are so beautiful, soft, shabby and sweet! I'm adding you to my list of favorite cardmakers :) Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us.