Sunday, September 16, 2012

Autumn In the Air

Summer is not ready yet to let go but Autumn is definitely in the air as the evenings are beginning to be cooler. Over at Cameo Challenge the challenge for this month is Football or Autumn. Well since I'm not into sports and since I already had these cards designed in Studio I'm going to go with Autumn.

In the book about using scrapbook embellishments for cards there was a fence card using a photo inside. Fabric flowers were outside on one card and the other card had seashells that had been collected from a beach trip. A pre-made card was used for the card base. I'm looking at it and thinking I can do something similar. So here are my cards. Notice the word is plural.Yes,today you get two for one.

The image is one I've had for several years. I took it into an online gif editing site which is no longer up and running. I added falling leaves and the text for a web site. For some reason I've always loved this image so since I could not find the original I went ahead and used it. I inked the edges with distress vintage photo ink.

The fence was super easy to make. I drew my rectangle in Studio. Typed a bunch of O's and welded them to the rectangle. Deleted the inside circles and had my fence. Then added a line in the middle of the fence and set the line for perforation. I painted the gray card stock using a bristle brush and acrylic white paint using a light coat of paint as I did not want to make the fence uniform white.  While the paint was still wet I inked up my wood grain stamp with gray chalk ink and stamped the wood grain. Where the paint was wetter the wood grain is not as dark. Some of the paint was pulled off but since I wanted a distress look it worked out.

On the first card the pumpkins and the leaves were free files in the library. I just deleted the face turning it into a regular pumpkin. I filled both shapes in with color since they fit on the page with the image. The leaf was crumpled up. After opening it up I used a cosmetic sponge rubbing distress vintage photo ink over it. In the past I have then ironed the leaves flat but I decided this time to leave it like it is on the card. I was ready to throw in the towel for the pumpkins but decided to play. I took my green watercolor pencil and colored the stem and drew lines on the pumpkin. I didn't like it and thought what have  I to lose . So I took a mister full of water and misted it. I still didn't like it. After using distress ink on the edge and brown and green pencils and misting a few more times I decided to go ahead and use them. They are sort of growing on me.

The pumpkin image on the other card is a stamp that my sister scanned for me. Opps! I printed it on gray cardstock. I wasn't thinking. Of course none of you make mistakes like that. I decided to see what happened if I rubbed my orange chalk over the cardstock first to change the color. Then I took my colored pencils and colored. When I was done coloring I took a cosmetic foam sponge to rub over the image to soften it.

There you have my two Autumn cards. I had lots of fun making these fence cards and now have ideas to make more in the future. I hope I have inspired you to look at cards and see if you can put your own spin on them.

Also I encourage you to join in the Cameo Challenge. LOL! That button  across from comments that clashes with my background will take you  to the blog with details. Oh did I mention that there is neat blog candy to win even if you don't enter. So check out the blog hop and win some blog candy. Just leave me a piece or two. LOL!

I want to play with making some background this week so I'm not sure what I'll be posting next. Do come back though as you never know what I might come up with next.

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Oh these are both lovely, that pretty vintage paper is perfect, hugs

  2. Myoriah, I adore these cards. The fencing made them even cuter and what a nice idea. Thank you for sharing your talents. Hugs, Debbie

  3. Really great cards. So pretty!!! Who wouldn't love to receive one of those! Great use of your cameo! :)
    Hugs, Georgi

  4. Myoriah, these cards are so cute! Love the idea with the fencing! JeanneH

  5. Fab fencing, Myoriah and certainly very autumnal.

  6. Lovely cards! Really nice fence and I love the autumne colours.
    Hugs, Pia/Pippin

  7. Well done Myoriah! These cards scream FALL!! Thanks for entering the Cameo Creations Challenge!

    Ceci V.

  8. Great cards! Thank you for joining us at Cameo Crearions!

    Many blessings,

  9. I love love love these cards!!!Thanks for joing us over at Cameo Creations!

  10. These are both so pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Cameo Creations!!! :)


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