Sunday, September 26, 2021

Inspired By #188 - COLORFUL FALL

Hello friends.  Playing along with the gals over at the Inspired By Challenge, where they have a beautiful Fall photo to inspire us this week.


All you have to do is look at my header here on my blog (and at the bottom too!) to see that I LOVE leaves, so of course seeing this inspiration photo inspired me!!  The leaves and the colors...I mean, what's NOT to love?!!  Here's what I came up with using an older set of Gina Marie Designs leaf dies and some of my DOX inks...


Aren't the leaves prettyful?!  (Our middle daughter always used to say "prettyful" when she liked something, and the word has just always stuck with me, even though I know it's not an actual word!!)  After die cutting my leaves and using DOX inks on them, I realized the colors were pretty muted compared to the inspiration photo, so I sprayed them quite liberally with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Mist which has a iridescent gold color to it, and really makes these leaves sparkle & shine.  Here's a closer up photo so you can get a better idea of how they really look IRL!


Because of the gold shimmer on the leaves, I decided to add some more gold with a little bit of foiling (really getting hooked on this technique!!).  I used Spellbinders Essential Duo Lines Rectangles for the framing around the base of my card, and then added a dry embossed layer using a FSJ Falling Leaves embossing folder to the inside of the foiled frame.  After adding my leaves to the top left hand corner, I decided to try foiling my sentiment using just a regular die from MB's Just A Note Posh Script and I couldn't believe how perfectly it turned out!!  I die cut 2 more of the background piece of the sentiment die (it's a 2 piece set) for a little more dimension, and then glued all 3 layers to the dry embossed layer.  A little piece of gold twine at the top of the leaf stems, and my CAS card was finished!

Only a couple more days till this challenge ends, but if you're looking for some BEAUTIFUL inspiration for Fall cards, check it all out right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


14 comments:

  1. Beautiful trio of leaves against that embossed leafy background, Marcia - love your foiling too!!

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  2. Love those shimmery leaves against the embossed background - a beautiful autumn card!

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  3. Ha! I love child-speak - my bestie always said 'most beautifulest!' and I think you've found the most beautifulest of all Fall leaves in your stash! Just love all the Autumn shades you found in our photo, Marcia! So happy to have you join in the fun this week!
    =]

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  4. I love the shape of those leaves and the colors you used to bring them to life, Marcia. I'm seeing a few like those here at the lake and I keep picking them up and studying them, admiring their beauty. Your gold foiling is gorgeous and I'm still trying to say 'no' to getting into it, at least with having to have a machine to get those beautiful results.

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  5. Wow! You're going to have to tell me how you used a die with the foil! It's awesome and so are these leaves all framed up with gold foil! The embossed leaves in the background add even more impact! I LOVE this card, my friend!

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  6. Yep, they're prettyful! I like the embossed one too. This is a wonderful fall card, Marcia. So happy you joined us at IB!

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  7. Oh my...so much to LOVE on your gorgeous Fall Leaves card, Marcia:-) I am too a leaf lover and have wanted to join this awesome challenge...I will try to squeeze it in tomorrow...you have me so inspired, my friend!! I LOVE your gorgeous die cut and watercolored leaves with or without the shine..do appreciate the close up though. Wonderful and beautiful dry embossed leaves for added texture. Your gold accents are so pretty too. Gorgeous, gorgeous card. Thank you so much for sharing. Love and Hugs...Nancy

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  8. Oooh, these sparkly fall leaves are so gorgeous! It absolutely is prettyful! The gold foiling on the sentiment brings out the gold on the leaves and you've used the perfect embossed background. You're rocking that foiling machine!

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  9. Those leaves are gorgeous! Love the colors AND the sparkle!!!

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  10. I love leaves too and I love your card from the subtle foiling to the bold embossing... Fabulous Marcia!

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  11. The addition of the gold looks so pretty and thank you for the tip about spraying the oxides with the shimmer Marcia x. A glorious card, love the dimension from the dry embossing and loving this card x.

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  12. Lovely fall colors in this festive card.

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  13. Beautiful Autumn leaves card Marcia! LOVE the gorgeous shimmer and mix of colours on your die-cut leaves. So pretty, especially agains the texture of the white dry embossed leaf background. Great work with your foiling! xx

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  14. The embossing with the corner design of those gorgeous leaves is so inspiring, I love your card and your design so much! Thank you for inspiring us @ IB this week!

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