Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Card for A Vintage Journey

Hello friends and visitors! I'm excited to say that today marks the a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The lovely and talented Jennie is our hostess this time, and she has chosen the theme 'Crazy For Autumn Color'. Nothing makes me happier that taking a walk on a crisp, sunny autumn afternoon, so I wanted my card to convey that feeling.


Jennie says: Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!

I didn't take many photos as I was creating, but I did get this shot of the background as it was coming together. I started with a sheet of water color paper and added some Distress Oxides randomly. Next, I used Tim's Flourish stencil and added Ranger Transparent Matte texture paste. You can see in the photo below it starts out glossy, but dries to a matte finish.


Once dry, I blended over the entire panel with Ground Espresso Distress ink, splashed with some water and carefully wiped away the color from the paste. In the photo below you can see I didn't worry about the center too much since it would be covered.


I die cut some leaves using Tim's Fall Foliage Thinlits and colored them with DOX in some fall colors. When completely dry, I applied DecoArt's Crackle Glaze thickly/thinly and randomly and let that dry overnight. Lastly, I rubbed Ground Espresso Distress Crayon into the cracks and crinkled the leaves.


On the inside of the card, I used the card I cut the leaves from as a stencil and blended Walnut Stain DOX through it for shadowy leaves and added a few more die cuts colored with DOX.


I cut the tag free hand from some mop up card, and made the reinforcer using a punch and a standard hole puncher.


A lovely pair out for a stroll from Tim's Paper Dolls frolic in the leaves.  A pair of seasonal Chit Chat stickers make an appropriate sentiment.




The seam binding ribbon and doily die cut were also colored with DOX




That's it for me today! I hope you'll visit A Vintage Journey to see all the wonderful seasonal inspiration from my teammates! And then it's over to you! I hope you'll play along for a chance to win a wonderful autumnal bundle of Calico Craft Parts Wood and MDF products. Please visit our sponsor, Calico Craft Parts to see all the great products they offer!



Victorine Originals Mood Board #12 I was inspired by the colors.

Thank you for stopping by and for all your amazing comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors and such a sweet image. Makes me want to be there. Great tag.
    Hugs, S@ndy

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  2. You really did create a stunning background for your tag to sit upon, the colours are wonderful and I really love the crackled leaves! The paper dolls are such a perfect addition too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  3. This is really beautiful Sara. I always shy away from Ground Espresso, but it looks amazing here! I'm going to have to be bolder. Thank you so much for joining in with us again at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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  4. Perfectly capturing those autumn walks, shushling through the leaves. I just love how you've inserted the tag to create the blue skies behind the pair, and the whole thing just works so well.
    Alison x

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  5. I love how you used the wonderful art doll to capture an autumn walk as Alison says, shushling through the leaves. A wonderful design and some fabulous textures in the background and the leaves. A wonderful project for this month's colourful challenge! Have a great weekend. Jennie x

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  6. Wonderful card you've created here, Sara Emily! I just love Autumn!

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  7. WOW!!!! Gorgeous leaving!!! I would swear these were real leaves, you coloring is so awesome!
    Truly a beautiful piece! Love your layers!!
    Jackie xo

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  8. WOW!! What a stunning card, I am really blown away by all the detail, and your narrative on how you did each step was amazing and I admit to bookmarking your blog.. Thank you so much for joining us over at Victorine Originals Challenge, DT MaryAnn

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  9. What a wonderful creation! There are so many details to look at on it. You did an amazing job incorporating it all into a gorgeous fall card. Thank you for joining us at Victorine Originals!

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  10. Wow! Your background and those leaves are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Victorine Originals for our mood board! ~DT Jamie

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  11. FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing your process!

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  12. Such a neat mixed media card. Your leaves look so real. Wonderful ideas and creation. Thank you for joining us at Victorine Originals.
    (Amy- Victorine Originals DT)

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  13. Learnt such a lot with dipping into your blog today. Great techniques and fun projects. Love all the details in this project, great image, textures and colours x

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  14. Such a fabulous tag card Sara Emily, with stunning autumnal hues on both the background and the other elements! Wonderful use of those lovely paperdolls! They really seem to enjoy their Autumn walk together! Perfect piece for the challenge, - love it!

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  15. So beautiful, Sara Emily! The color palette is perfection. That background technique is amazing! I love the leaves...like little gems. You created a wonderful feeling of nostalgia with this gorgeous creation. I love it!

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  16. Beautiful project and I love the choice of paper doll image, it just works so well with the wonderful autumnal feel you've created! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

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  17. Wonderful make for Jennie's autumnal challenge theme Sara xx Love the background of your card and the way you have layered your fantastic tag. The dolls look amazing kicking up those stunning leaves xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

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  18. That background is yummy! And love the vintage feel of your card, absolutely adorable!!!! Thank you for joining us at Victorine Originals ~DT Heather

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  19. This is awesome....I love the way you created such a wonderful piece of art. Thank you for joining us at the Ribbon Girl.
    xxx Plony

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  20. Wow, this is amazing!! What spectacular colors!! The texture and details are amazing!! I love the vintage feel and every design element!! Stunning, my friend!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  21. A really fabulous project! Sara Emily . You have captured such a lovely feel of Autumn with all those glorious colours, those gorgeous leaves and your perfect choice of paper doll. I can just imagine grandma taking her little grandson out for a long autumn walk crunching the falling leaves beneath their feet. Wonderful work x

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  22. I love so much your card Sara, and the clever use of negatives from die cuts!! Thanks so much for popping by...take care dear!!! ❤ Simona

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  23. J adore toutes vos petites créations ,elles ont fabuleuses , à bientôt NATE

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  24. Sara Emily ... my dear friend ... so good to be back and have a moment to see you wonderful creations. This piece is both endearing and full of crafting genius. I love that flourish using the transparent texture paste. And those crackled leaves and the leaf shadows ... just fabulous. What a perfect back drop for Tim's paper dolls. Amazing!

    Thanks so much for your kind words on my Chiari post. You have know idea how much it means to me :) Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

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  25. Wonderful card! I love the inspiration behind your design too, you have captured a crisp, sunny autumn day beautifully 😁. The texture of your leaves look so beautiful and what could be better than walking in the sunshine through crunchy leaves. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

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  26. Wow!! Fabulous tag card Sara! You have created a stunning background and I love the gorgeous autumn colours!! Love the paper dolls going for a walk and scrunching their way through the leaves .. brilliant!! Have a wonderful day!! xx

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  27. This is beyond wonderful Sara Emily! That transparent gel resist background is truly amazing in your chosen colors. I love your layering and the image is truly a picture of fall. Really on your A game here! ;0 Hugs, Autumn

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