Fall for Fall With This Colorful Card DIY!

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Hello friends! It is Anna-Karin here today, with a tutorial for a fall card. We are still enjoying summer weather here most days, but some days you can feel that fall is in the air. Some leaves have already started to turn red and orange, and my son found a really pretty fall-coloured Maple leaf on the ground a few days ago.

Even though I wouldn't mind some more weeks of summer, I do love watching the seasons change, and the beauty of fall with all the vibrant colours is wonderful. I also always enjoy trying to capture the feeling of fall in my projects, and today I made a card using two new stamp and die sets by Jen Long and the Autumn Phrases embossing folder.

I made a card which will work great as a general autumn card to send to someone dear, or as a Thanksgiving card. As with most of my projects, the techniques can be applied to different types of projects. The technique used for the background is really fun and will work with most embossing folders, and the fall stamps would look wonderful on a scrapbooking page too.

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Start by applying Pearl Metallic Ranger paint with a brayer directly to your embossing folder. Don't use too much paint since it will then get everywhere. You can run the brayer on scrap paper a few times first. Don't worry if some paint gets into the design, since it gives a great distressed look. I worked on Ranger's Mixed Media paper, but you could also use, for example, manila cardstock or watercolour paper. Run through your Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond using this sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform Tab 1, Cutting Pad, embossing folder with paper inside, Cutting Pad.

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When the paint is dry (it dries quickly). ink the paper with Ground Espresso, or another Distress Ink. Wipe ink off from the paint with a slightly moist cloth. The pearl paint will resist the ink and create a great effect.

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These are the sets that I used: Christmas in Color, Happy Fall Y'all, and Seasonal Sentiments. I ended up not using the one to the right, since I felt that I already had enough pretty leaves. I was initially planning to use one of the branches. If you rather want to make a Christmas card, use the Seasonal Sentiments set instead of the Happy Fall Y'all, for the leafy parts, together with another embossing folders, such as the Winter Words or the Christmas Scroll.

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Stamp the bird from the Christmas in Color set and the leaves and pumpkin from the Happy Fall Y'all set on the smooth side of Ranger's watercolour paper. I stamped a few extra birds, since I hadn't decided how many I would use yet.

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Smear Distress Ink on a craft sheet and mist with water. Pick up with a paint brush and watercolour the images. You could also use, for example, coloured pencils.

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Die cut the shapes with the coordinating dies, using this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. The Magnetic Platform keeps the die in place so that you get a perfect cut.

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Stamp sentiments from Happy Fall Y'all on Mixed Media cardstock with Red Geranium ink.

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Die cut with the coordinating dies. When it comes to dies coordinating with stamps, words are among my favourites, since it is hard to get the same precision if you use scissors. 'Happy' will work on many other types of projects, not only for fall, in fact, it is one of my favourite words.

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I placed the stamped images on top of a piece of burlap, to make them stand out from the background better. Ink the edges with Ground Espresso. The birds and pumpkin were adhered with foam dots, for dimension.

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I just love these little birds, and they too, are not only for seasonal projects.

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I wish you could see the background in real life, since it is hard to capture the subtle pearl shine of the paint on a photo.

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I did a few different backgrounds, experimenting with the amount of paint, but this one, where some paint went into the design, was my favourite.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to do some autumn crafting. Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Crafting!!

Anna-Karin

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Other supplies used:

  • Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Candied Apple, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet
  • Ranger Archival Ink - Red Geranium, Jet Black
  • Ranger Paint  Dauber - Pearl Metallic
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Textured Surfaces
  • Ranger - Mixed Media Cardstock, Watercolor Cardstock

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