Sunday, November 1, 2015

Farm Fresh First; Give Thanks

Hey there my lovelies!!! It's officially the 1st of November and you know what that means right? That's right, a brand spankin new challenge over at The Greeting Farm!!! This month's theme has a lot to do with the upcoming holiday, can you guess what it is? That's right, you guessed it! November's Farm Fresh Challenge is 'Give Thanks'. With all the things I've been blessed with this year I have plenty to be thankful for, including each and every one of you guys and gals who pop in and follow my blog! Even though I haven't been blogging like I used to, you guys are still here and I really appreciate it, so today I want to share a card that I made with all of you on my mind.

Secret Santa 8x10 set

For this card I used one of the new cutie pies from what may very well be my favorite TGF stamp kit so far, Secret Santa. If you missed your chance to pre order, no worries, this amazing little set is now available in the store and I assure you, you won't regret buying it but you WILL regret missing out so run and get yours before they're all gone! It's been a while since I pulled out my distress inks and with the leaves all changing here in upstate NY, I felt inspired to see what the watercolor smooshing technique would look like in a fall color palette.

(Park near my house)

 I started off with a piece of watercolor paper and a few different oranges, reds, browns, and yellows from my distress markers and began "smooshing" the different shades onto my paper. I played around with different shades and layers until I was satisfied. Once it completely dried, I used a leaf from an old SOG clear stamp set and tried to create two and three tone fall leaves by inking up with two or 3 different inks. To keep from ruining my nicer ink pads, I used a couple of old cheapie ones I bought for $1 at my local Walmart. Once I'd finished stamping my leaves I used my TH walnut stain distress ink and inked the edges of my watercolor paper to better match my fall theme. Because I can't seem to leave well enough alone, I took an old script stamp and inked it up with my TH antique linen and stamped here and there to add a bit more detail to the background. Toward the bottom I inked up the same script stamp with my walnut stain ink and stamped again. To finish this card I colored my image with copic markers and added a touch of wink of stella to all the orange parts of her outfit to give it a bit of shimmer. I mounted her to the front of my card with some foam dots and stamped a sentiment from both the SOG set I got the leaf from (So thankful) as well as the new Secret Santa TGF set (for you), also in walnut stain distress ink. So how about it blogland, what are you thankful for this year? Stop on by The Greeting Farm and check out the ah-mazing projects the DT gals have for you and don't forget to join in on the fun for your chance to win an awesome prize! Thanks for stopping by!


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