The lovely people over at the Lawnfawnatics Blog are hosting a challenge with the theme of “Awesome Autumn”! Pictured here, you can see one of my entries for this challenge; I made a card featuring cute bears, autumn trees and an expansive blue sky.
In my opinion, the best thing about this card is the soft, watercolor-y appearance of the surfaces made from papers from the “Watercolor Wishes” paper pack by Lawn Fawn. The grass looks so velvety, the trees look so lush, and the sky looks so dreamy thanks to these beautiful papers. This design wouldn’t be at all the same if you just used a solid colored cardstock (I tried making a similar card using different papers, and I do like the results, but I LOVE the look of this finished card much more than I like the other one — and it’s the “Watercolor Wishes” papers that make the most significant difference between the two designs).
Supplies You Will Need for Creating a Similar Happy Fall Card:
- “Den Sweet Den” stamp set by Lawn Fawn
- Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Trees Border Die Set
- Watercolor Wishes Patterned Paper by Lawn Fawn: To create this design, you need the green paper from this pack for the grass, the blue paper for the sky and the yellow and orange papers for the leaves on the trees. If you don’t feel like coloring your bears using Copics or other markers, you can also use the orange or the yellow paper for stamping the bears (which is what I did here). It could also be pretty to try making a card like this with a different color, like the purple or the pink, for the sky — to emulate a sky at sunset.
- Milo’s ABCs Stamp Set for stamping the “Happy Fall” sentiment
- A scrap of white cardstock for stamping the sentiment
- There are different ways you could cut out the “Happy Fall” sentiment to make it look like the example pictured here. You could use a scalloped circle die to do the job. Or you could use a circle template plus scalloped scissors. I opted for the circle template plus paper edgers, but you’d likely get a more even shape if you went for the die instead.
- Walnut Stain Distress Ink for stamping the bears
- Fired Brick Distress Ink for stamping the “Happy Fall” sentiment
- Stormy Sky Distress Oxide Ink for inking around the edges of the card in the spots where the paper is blue at the outer edge
- Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Ink for inking around the edges of the card in the spots where the paper is green at the outer edge
- Brown Marker: You might or might not need this, depending on how you use your dies. The hillside and the tree trunks can be cut in one piece; if you use the green Watercolor Wishes paper to do this, you’ll end up with a lovely green hillside (which you want) with watercolor-y green tree trunks (which you probably don’t want). That’s where the brown marker comes in; you can simply color over the green tree trunks to make them brown. Another option would be to use an ink blending tool and ink to color over the tree trunks.
- Peach Marker or Other Coloring Tool: I used a Marvy Uchida highlighter to color the scalloped edge around my sentiment, but there are a lot of possibilities for this; you could use a Copic marker, a colored pencil or really, any coloring media for this.
I love how this card turned out!
Over to You:
Did you play along with the Lawnfawnatics challenge this time around? If so, how did your card or project turn out?
Did you make a card similar to this one? If so, I hope it turned out well. The floor is open for comments if you have any insights to share.
Posted By: Amy Solovay