Thursday, September 27, 2012

Autumn in Wisconsin

Autumn is here in Wisconsin. The leaves are changing and the colors are gorgeous. I love the Fall season. My kids are back in school and I have a little more time to design!

Yesterday, I got out one of our popular sets called, "Arboretum Leaves." This set was inspired by a walk we took in the Arboretum Park near our home (hence the name). I made the following cards with my studio's windows open, a nice fall breeze coming in and the sounds of  Fall outside.

For my first card, I stamped a background pattern using the leaves in the stamp set, "Arboretum Leaves." I also have these wonderful leaf dies by Spellbinders that I used as my focal point. BoatHouse Collection (TM) Cardstock by Raisin Boat in Coffee Bean, Pear Salad and Tropical Sunset were used to make the leaves.

To anchor the leaves, I stamped a cross-section of a tree trunk from the stamp set. Burlap String in natural and a few acorns complete the look.

This next card uses the cut-out waste from the Pear Salad leaf in the card above. I cut it down and stamped a phrase from "Arboretum Leaves" inside. The background leaves were stamped using Pear Tart Memento ink. Our Tipped Black Brown ribbon finishes off the card.

Remember the large leaf in Coffee Bean cardstock in the first example? Well, the cut-out waste from that leaf frames the eagle from "Strokes of Pride" in my next project. I brayered the background first using Memento inks - Dandelion, Tangelo, Pear Tart and Olive Grove (one of the new colors introduced this year). Next, I stamped the eagle. I should have waited a bit longer to stamp and emboss. You can see my black powder stray marks around the eagle which can happen if your ink is not fully dry. Oh well...It's still a striking card. :)
To make the brown layer a bit more distressed, I did add some black pigment ink to the leaf cutout piece. I like the look a lot. These little pigment inks are some of my favorite products. Chestnut and black are my favorite go-to pads. They are very inexpensive, too!
Hope you enjoyed a little look at my "Autumn" today! Enjoy yours no matter where you live! :) Smiles, Bobbi 


  1. Beautiful cards Bobbi!! Each card has a great design to ink!! I just love this time of year, so beautiful!!

  2. I got a lot of inspiration here. I too have the same dies and have wanted to use the cast offs. Been thinking about a brayer too but didn't know iit could be used as you described. Something to add to my want list. :) Great cards for fall card making ideas. :)

  3. Thanks Kendra and Ema. I appreciate the nice words. I love Autumn - nature's beauty really shines. I drive the kids home from school everyday and find myself pointing out all of the trees that are so gorgeous in color. If only our Wisconsin winters could have a little more color. :)

    Ema - I'm glad that I inspired you. You know you've inspired me in the past. Isn't that what this is all about? Inspiring each other to see things differently and try new ways, too! Have a wonderful Sunday! Bobbi