Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Avocado Arts - FALL in Love

Good morning! I'm up on the Avocado Arts blog this morning to share a few cards with you using the new stamp set for September - a perfectly timed fall set!!!

I'm a sucker for great sentiments - and love how they can take center stage on a card and make a bold statement at the same time, so the first stamp in this set that caught my eye was that fun sentiment at the bottom - PERFECT for watercolors!

I used some red, orange, and yellow MFT dye inks, and smooshed them onto my nonstick mat, then misted with water, and dipped my brush in to create a watercolor background on my watercolor paper. I stamped my sentiment over the top with Versafine ink (which won't run on the slightly damp paper!) and then misted it with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine - I love how much shine it adds, as well as the way the color ran on some of the edges. To finish off, I machine stitched the top of the watercolor paper to my white card base - and left the rest hanging free, then I added some doodles with a white gel pen.

Next up - isn't that wheelbarrow the CUTEST thing ever?!?!? And the sentiment is just as darling!

I stamped this on a tag I cut with a Paper Smooches tag die, colored it in with Copics, then added my sentiment with coordinating Hero Arts Shadow ink. Finished off with a strip of gold washi, then some lovely thick Linen May Arts Ribbon. I threaded it through the hole, then machine stitched it closed before adding an October Afternoon button with some jute twine in it. Pattern paper is by MME and Basic Grey. I also used a bit of distress ink on the edges of the tag, just to soften the whiteness a bit.

And lastly - I thought it would be fun to use this set to make a distinctly non fall card:

I had die cut the notebook piece with a PTI die, and it was sitting on my desk when I misted the ink for the first card - so it ended up with some ink splatters on it. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to make use of it for this card. I stamped my image and sentiment, colored with Copics, and added a bit of Stickles to the pie and whip cream. Layered on some torn vellum that I stitched on with some sequins, and a bit of washi tape. Finished off with some pattern paper from Crate Paper, a doily, a bit of jute twine, and a decorative corner punch on the top edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!!!


  1. These are wonderful! I love the kind of sketchy font to the sentiment in the first one, perfect with that watercolored wash, and love the design of the second. The woodgrain paper is just right for that, and the last is just so pretty. Anything with a doily makes me happy!

  2. These are all so fun and cute!!!

  3. Great cards. I really like the wheelbarrow card.

  4. I LOVE all these cards - the watercolor wash, the woodgrain background with the fall tag, and the fun sequins and stitching! What a trio of inspiration!