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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Autumn Blooms PP364

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Sunday is fun day because it's the start of another challenge at The Paper Players.  My dear friend Sandy has some gorgeous inspiration to get our mojo going for her theme challenge of Autumn Floral:
This card took waaaay longer than it should have.  Not because of the theme of the inspiration photo, because I could not translate the image in my head to paper!  I tried numerous stamp sets but couldn't capture the blended hues I wanted with just a single color of ink.  In the end I went with an old standby image and found my happy place in watercolor! 
I also used the fantastic sketch at the Global Design Project as my starting point--sure do love a sketch challenge and this one is great!  The first thing I stamped was the leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I inked it in Crushed Curry and lightly kissed the inked stamp with Cajun Craze.  When stamped it gave a two-toned color to the leaves and no two are exactly alike, just like real leaves!
I am really liking the Fresh Fig in color for fall projects.  The gorgeous flower from Birthday Blooms was stamped in Basic Gray archival ink onto cold press watercolor paper.  I colored the image in layers starting with Sweet Sugarplum, adding a few layers of color to rich the intensity I liked.  Fresh Fig was washed on to shade the flower and add dimension.  I washed the center of the flower with Crushed Curry with some drops of Cajun Craze.  I wanted to mimic the color of the leaves in the inspiration photo as well as my stamped ones, so I colored these with a blend of Old Olive, Crushed Curry and just a hint of Cajun Craze.  The whole image was actually stamped twice--once to provide the base with leaves and the second to cut out and pop up just the flower.  I added some looped copper thread and a bitty die-cut stem in copper foil paper from the Flourish thinlits.
By this time, I was running out of light to snap a pic of my card so the inside was a quick 1, 2, 3 stamp job using a sentiment from Thoughtful Branches in Fresh Fig, the Birthday Blooms flower in Crushed Curry and some [retired] Gorgeous Grunge splatters in Sahara Sand ink.  There were a TON of stamp set and dies on my desk by the time I finished this card, lol!  It took me awhile to get there but, in the end, I am pleased with the colors and final result.  I hope you are too!

Here's the awesome Global Design Project sketch--thanks for the inspiration GDP!
Please go check out the rest of the lovely autumnal inspiration from my teammies at The Paper Players.  Maybe you'll be inspired to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, October 6th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by!

The Paper Players Design Team 

16 comments:

Claire Broadwater said...

Be still my heart! Nance, this is so GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I would frame this card. The colors you used on this amazing flower speak to me! The newsprint and the stamped background are perfect to make your foliage pop! I can't way enough about this card! Every detail is amazing LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Have a lovely week, My Friend! XX

Jan Clothier said...

Perfection. That is the only word I can use for this card. I so wanted to use Fresh Fig in my card but it just didn't go. BIrthday Blooms and watercolour are a match made in heaven and you've coloured it SO beautifully. I love the way you've made it the centre of a layered creation and I really like the way you've created the leaves. The copper is a perfect addition. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Natalie Lapakko said...

Ooh, ahh! I love how you've turned these blooms into an Autumn bouquet! The leaves and flowers look so perfect together!

barb mann said...

Nance - This is gorgeous! The color choices are amazing. Perfect watercoloring! TFS

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this card makes me drool with envy. So gorgeous! Love the Fresh Fig and the layout is perfection. The color choices makes each item stand out... the newsprint in the background looks FAB...(You are so good at those details). Just beautiful! Hugs.

Andrea W said...

An absolutely stunning card! Your coloring is really pretty and I love how you used the sketch.

Joanne James said...

This card is Gorgeous with a capital G Nance - I love everything about it! It might have taken you an age but it is so worth it - the layered keaves and florals are fabulous, so much detail. Love the newsprint and touches of gold too - way to go!!

laurie said...

The colors are so rich and beautiful! Such a beautiful fall card Nance. Love the stamped background and newsprint too!

Have a great day!

LeAnne said...

This is stunning, Nance! Your floral image with the background leaves is just amazing....and I really love the little piece of newsprint, what a great touch! The colors are so rich and opulent...worth all the time you put into it!

Tasha Vovchuk said...

Wow!!! It's such a gorgeous card! I love the colors and their depth, so eye-catching! :)

Stampingcountry said...

Wow, Nancy, your card is beautiful! I love that you included leaves with your flowers.

stampwithsandy said...

Oh I am glad I am not the only one whose card took way longer than it should have! I think I spent 3-4 evenings on mine. Your end result is gorgeous, Nance. I love your color choices, the newsprint, and all the wonderful texture. Thanks for rocking my challenge, and for finding such an amazing challenge badge!

Ann Abrahamson said...

This card was definitely worth the time you put into it. It is gorgeous and you have such a wonderful talent for watercoloring and adding so much interest to your creations. This is definitely going into the CASE file :) Hope you're having a wonderful week, Nance!

Jaydee said...

Nance, this may have taken some time, but it was absolutely worth it. You captured the colors beautifully. I love the warm tones of the flowers against the kraft background. Stunning card, my friend
hugs
jaydee

Michelle said...

So glad you persevered! This is gorgeous!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

This is stunning! Your colours are beautifully blended together!