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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Silhouette Tree with Oak Leaves

Hi everyone.  I have a masculine card to show today, another card I have had to make in a bit of a hurry!  I used my distress ink to make a watercolour background, an XCut die for the shape and a tree die which one of my lovely crafting friends sent me and which is seeing its first outing.  You know who you are and thank you as it is so sweet and pretty!  I  have in mind amongst others to enter the CAS Watercolour Challenge and this month's subject is Fall Leaves, and they are celebrating their 1st Birthday so many congratulations to Loll and Bonnie who have made this and the CAS Mix Up Challenge such fun, and there are two lovely prizes up for grabs too.


I found a snippet of white card and at first had in mind to use an ink splat stencil to make some background shapes very close together, applying it with blending foam and spritzing with some water to spread the ink to make an interesting shape, which I did.  Well, this was not very successful as the ink didn't move that much because I think the card was not really watercolour card, bad choice!... so I decided to add ink to my glass mat, spritz and add more of the colours.  I used Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn.  There was a bit of wrinkling which the photo highlights rather, but in real life it isn't so noticable.

I had already cut the tree from a piece of thickish copy type paper, just to see what it looked like, and this had been sitting on my table for a while.  So instead of wasting it I decided to colour it with Black Soot Distress Ink and when dry coated it with Versamark Ink and used WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder, and I did this twice to build up the shine and make it stronger.  I then die cut the XCut Ornate Frame, the largest die in the set.  I decided to flip the topper for added interest and adhered the tree to it.  I then added the sentiment using Black Archival Ink.

I then found another snippet of white card and stamped two oak leaves again using Black Archival Ink and a Hobby Art set called Falling Leaves.  I then coloured with my Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick and Black Soot using a waterbrush.  I did make the colours softer by adding quite a bit of water to go with the more subdued colours in the topper.

I finished the card by adding the frame to a white 6" square base card and added the leaves to one side and adhered them with Pinflair Glue Gel. 

About half way through this card I really was wondering if I should just start again, but once I start something I hate to give up and admit defeat so am inclined to battle on...lol.  I think this was worth sticking with.

Before I go I have to say thank you to a new follower called Henry who doesn't seem to have a blog, but if I am wrong and you do, let me know and I will give you a shout out.  

Thank you for dropping by today and I'll be back soon.







I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour October Challenge and 1st Birthday Celebration - Fall Leaves.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Weeks 303/4 where we use up our snippets of paper and card etc.
Dies R Us Challenge - No. 83 Leaves.
Happy Litttle Stampers October Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no twist).
Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
Uniko Challenge - No. 43 Autumn/Fall (no twist).





31 comments:

  1. A fabulous card - a beautiful watercolour background and a great design.
    Kath x

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous Pat, I love the warm colours and the shape of the mat, it's all beautifully designed, Kate x

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  3. Beautiful fall card ! Your watercolored background is amazing such as these two oak leaves ! Beautiful CAS design ! Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Uniko !

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  4. How eye catching to use that shaped die cut for that fabulous background x Love that your card is a fall card and it's a birthday one x

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  5. A great example of things not working out quite as planned but even better, Pat! The background colors are so pretty and the tree really stands out! Pretty oak leaves too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

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  6. At first glance, thought this was the technique you'd shared stenciling through the maple leaf. So well done...and once you mentioned the 'wrinkling' I think I see it. It's great texture behind that tree. Loved reading the 'saved use' on this tree...clever to think of what you did, as it is so very dimensional, and quite striking against that lovely background. Those oak leaves are colored marvelously too...we have some in our neighborhood that look just exactly that color! Pretty Xcut die too. TFS & Hugs

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  7. This is a real eye-catcher, Pat! It's a gorgeous fall scene with stunning leaves!! Hugs, Darnell

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  8. I love the colours of your watercoloured background Pat. And it's cut in such a pretty shape. The silhouette tree and oak leaves look great over the background. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!! xx

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  9. LOVE it Pat! Glad you stuck with it, it certainly was worth it! Those leaves look so realistic! The whole design is beautiful and wonderfully CAS! I would think a sure winner! Have a great day! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  10. Wow Pat - what a beauty! Love this card and so worth battling on!

    Ha, Henry is also following me - I wonder who he is as of course now we can't get to people's blogs and profiles to check 'em out or return the compliment by following them.

    Lovely to see you in the Playground as well.

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  11. What a FABULOUS design ... awesome watercolor background! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Leaves’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

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  12. Such a pretty Fall watercoloured background for your silhouette tree and die cut Fall leaves. TFS Pat and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs

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  13. Beautiful fall scene! Your background is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Dies R Us..so happy you joined us!

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  14. I love what you did with all the scraps, it looks so pretty. Gorgeous watercolour background to your tree and leaf. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour :)

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  15. Beautiful card Pat. Great design.
    Hugs Flo x

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  16. such a lovely card for Fall....your leaves look real, they are so well done. The bkg for the tree is such a nice wash of colour too.
    xx Karen

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  17. This is lovely Pat and those Oak leaves look so realistic, love your layout too. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  18. A gorgeous autumn card, Pat. I love the stamps and the beautiful watercolour. Kisses, my friend.

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  19. WOW! An absolutely spectacular take on Autumn Sue. So much detail yet capturing every single delight of this season in a CAS design too. Simply brilliant and it's great to see you join us at Uniko this month

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  20. Your leaves are outstanding. So life like. Glad you kept going and finished your card. I'm the same. In the end it becomes an obsession to not let it beat you. Hugs Mrs A.

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  21. Beautiful Fall card and so is the one in the previous post. I was out walking and enjoying the Fall colours as well. Thanks for your visit to my blog, take care, Shirleyxx

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  22. This is just stunning, Pat. I love the design and the way you've positioned the square to make a diamond, makes a beautiful focal point. xx

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  23. Fabulous card, love the background.
    luv
    Debby

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  24. Awesome card, Thank you for Joining us at Happy Little stampers and waiting to see next time.

    Hugs
    Meena HLS WC DT

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  25. That's a beautiful autumnal card Pat. Lovely and inky and I like the addition of the inky leaves at the side.

    Thank you for your comment today. I tinkered with the settings as I received a few spam emails. Hopefully sorted now! xxx

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  26. Love the background colours Liz and lovely use of the die.
    Thankyou for joining us at happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with DIes October challenge. All the best.
    Hugs
    Seemaa DT
    icraftpaper@blogspot.com

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  27. Another beautiful Fall design, the background cut out is fabulous. Take care, xx

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  28. What a beautiful autumn card and I love the scene you created.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  29. What a fantastic Autumn birthday card..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies Challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

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  30. This card was well worth the work you invested. I love the angled image, the sweet tree and beautiful watercolour of the background.

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  31. Stunning Autumnal card, loving the silhouette tree against the watercolour background and the real leaves add the perfect touch. Thank you for joining in on the Uniko Challenge and my apologies for my late commenting. Hugs Bev x

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