Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall Leaves

Gracious Hello!

Where has the month of October gone?  I was too late to join any of the Fall leaves challenges, but wanted to post a card where I used my new favorite technique. Alcohol Inks. I know I am late to the party, but they sure are fun!

To make the card, I got out some of my new Very Vanilla heavy card stock for the base and used my NBUS embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Petal Burst for the background. That card stock is SU Early Espresso. My new friend Eileen, whom I met when she was my physical therapist after my hip surgery, gave me the wonderful gift of the alcohol inks set. I received 3 colors, and the blending solution by Adirondack plus a Tim Holtz wooden ink applicator and the felt pads too. Yay! I watched several videos on using the inks but don't have any Yupo paper that was suggested. So I used a sheet of glossy paper. No idea where I got it. It made the leaves look shiny and I do like that! The 3 colors were plopped on my craft mat and mixed with the blending solution. Colors are Butterscotch and Wild Plum and a bit of Stream. Interesting how swirling the mixture around seemed to make orange and dark red and yellow. What fun making the mess. When the paper dried, I really did think it was just a big mess until I started experiments with dies and punches to cut out some shapes. Seemed like the large maple leaf punch from EK was perfect for a Thanksgiving card. The tiny leaf is part of the SU Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies set.

I stamped a wreath from Inkadinkado saying Happy Thanksgiving in a circle coloring direct to the stamp with SU  Espresso and Pumpkin Pie markers. I put another little leaf in the middle.

I am quite pleased with this card and I think someone will be pleased to receive it.

Bye for now. Thanks so much visiting and I love your comments! Hopefully I can get my Halloween cards photographed and posted soon.

Edited before finishing my post! Am sad to say this card today got coffee spilled on it at a small bazaar I attended to try and sell a couple cards. Eeeeeek

Edited Again: Adding to Pixie's Creative Playground Weeks 303/304.


  1. What a shame to have spent so much time making this pretty card only to have coffee spilled on it! Talk about distressing a card! It is beautiful with all the work you put into it!

  2. Goodness, those fabulous leaves really glow against the texture-y background, Jeanne ... how wonderful to receive those AIs as a gift! Such a shame this lovely card was damaged ... hope you have fun making more! Hugs, Anita :)

  3. Oh, Jeanne, I'm sorry about the coffee ruining your beautiful card! You'll just have to make another! You've used one of my favorite techniques, too. Next on my "to-do list" is to use the alcoholic inks on Yupo paper which I've had now at least two years. Crikey!! I should do it soon so I can make gorgeous fall cards like you've done! Hugs, Darnell

  4. Fabulous card Jeanne! I keep wanting to try out Yupo and you got such fabulous results using glossy paper - I have a ton of that so will now have no excuse not to try! It sounds like you are able to save that gorgeous card from your comment - I do hope so! And of course the leaves count as snippets! Really, I have so few rules it's almost anything goes!

    Lovely to see you in the snippets playground! And I spotted that you had hip surgery - hope you're fully mended by now - best thing that happened to me after years of pain.


    Di xx

  5. A Glorious card with gorgeous colours.

    Thanks for your visit x

  6. Great card Jeanne, just love your pretty leaves!...such a shame the coffee spoiled it though ;( Viv xx

  7. I guess those alcohol inks can be addictive! I haven't started up with them yet, but my friend came over recently and demonstrated and left several backgrounds for me. Very fun! Your leaves turned out beautiful and I love that SU embossing folder card base.

  8. Jeanne, you really rocked the inks... I haven't gotten on the bandwagon yet... but you are really making me think I should :-) I love how you embossed the background and then put the leaves on top of it. The colors are positively glowing - just like our leaves were for a few days :-)