Thursday, 24 October 2013

Autumn Leaves

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all well x
Over the last few weeks I have seen lot's of autumnal themed cards and projects around blogland which have inspired me to make an autumnal card myself. Now for those of you that know my style you will know that I rarely make a card either using inking techniques or oranges and brown but lately I have not only become rather fond of these autumnal colours I have also been inspired by my teamie over on Heartfelt Creations Kathy Wright Clement who recently shared on her blog some tags that she had made whilst doing a Tim Holtz online course - Creative Chemistry 102. Now I have over the years seen lots of different techniques using Tim's products and I myself have many a shelve packed full of most of the products, but I have never really found the time to just have a play. So I thought I would enrol in the course Creative Chemistry 101 (I very much recommend it). So today I would like to share a card that I have made using the Nostalgic Batik Technique.....well my take on it anyway:) I am thinking a little more practice is needed:)

To create the flowers I have used some burlap which I treated with a PVA and water mix to stop them fraying and then die cut them and used a little distress ink on them.  I did the same with the leaves. The rose leaves are made using brown paper and Mica Powder.
I used Walnut Stain and clear embossing powder for the tree which is a Creative Expressions stamp
 I made the bow with brown burlap, organza ribbon and some cream jute which I have inked a little 
Products that I used:
  • Cream, brown and light beige and dark beige creamy card stock
  • 8" x8" card base
  • Spellbinder Embossing folder - Flora design B, Rose Creations die and Branching Out die
  • Heartfelt Creations - Open Leaf stamp and die set, Falling Leaves die set
  • Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Milled Lavender, Tea Dye, Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade
  • Cosmic Shimmer - Mica Pigments - Dark Bronze, Copper, Red Bronze, Polished Silk Glitter - Penny Copper, Clear embossing powder and PVA glue
  • Flat pearls, decorative pearl brad or button, pearls on string, embossing ink
  •  Creative Expressions - Stamp collections - Falling Leaves and Fancy Foliage, Gilding Wax - Golden Light, Jute
A quick run down on how I made my card:
  • First I created my topper using the Nostalgic Batik Technique -  First you ink and heat emboss the tree. You then create you background to how you want it to look using distress inks. Stamp the leaves with  embossing ink and go over it with your Mica Pigments with a brush. You then wipe off any excess. It doesn't stick to the tree as you have embossed it.
  • Decorate a piece of light beige card using the leaf stamps. Use embossing ink and the micas to create a background. Adhere this to the front of your card.
  • Take a sheet of card in a beige cream and emboss with the  Flora design folder, you will need to do this a few times.  Go over the embossed area with the gilding wax. Cut 2 x 2" strips and 1 x1" strip all 7" in length. Decorate the edges with the glitter using the Cosmic Shimmer glue. Once these are dry layer them onto your base card with 3D foam tape as in picture. Next adhere your main tree image about a 1/2" from the top in the centre.
  • Prepare the burlap and let it dry. Once it has dried die cut enough flowers to make 3 main ones and one single small one. Die cut about 10x leaves in burlap and 4x Open Leaves. Adhere them to the top right hand corner in a crescent cluster. Keeping one small flower and a few leaves to one side.
  • Make up the bow and adhere this to the bottom left of your design.
  • Die cut the tag from the Branching Out die set in brown. Layer a piece of beige card onto it and Glitter the edges. Stamp the sentiment onto cream card, and ink to co-ordinate with the card.(Add glitter to the edges).
  • Adhere the small flower that you have left with a few small leaves to the bottom left of the sentiment.
  • Adhere some jute to the edges of the main image layer as in picture using the Cosmic Shimmer glue.
  • To finish add a length of pearls on string to the bottom of the 2 outer embossed strips and also some jute. Finally add pearls to the centre of the flowers and some tiny pearls to the tree.
Ok, so I know it isn't perfect but I am really liking this effect...... I am thinking I will attempt another one very soon:) x


  1. Hi Nikki

    Oh i love todays card ,the colors are really lovely, and the burlap flowers are adorable and such a clever idea thank you for sharing

    Elaine H X

  2. This is gorgeous,love the design and

  3. beautiful!! great these colours and flowers!!

  4. Sheer beauty Nikki! Love those warm, rich colours that you've used. You have really captured the exact feel of Autumn here! Hugs, Ira xox
    Ira’s Crea Corner


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