Thursday 30 September 2021

Welcome Fall

Hello and Welcome
This card was just a fun one done during some spare time I had, trying out some new to me products.

So a bit of a story.......
In my neighbourhood, a local artist, Meredith Sexton, has decided to set up a Free Little Art Gallery.
It has been a wonderful addition to our area.  It is based on one she saw on social media set up in the States.  Anyone can contribute to the Gallery to share and anyone can take a piece of art to appreciate.  
I really like that it is all inclusive and lots of the kids in our neighbourhood have been adding special little art pieces as well as the artists.  
I've had the pleasure of adding some cards to the box, just a great little way for our community to connect and share some love during which has been a difficult year and a half.

Here are some pictures showing the box...I think more neighbourhoods should have this.

So onto my card details.
  • I began by creating what I would use for my background.  I cut a white cardstock panel, then using my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons, I inked it up.  I rubbed the crayons onto a piece of acetate, diluted with water and pressed onto my cardstock.  You can see this technique and how I used it in the Tutorials section above.
  • I added layers of colour to the background, drying between layers and dripping the extra ink to add interest.
  • I set the inked piece aside to dry, then took out another piece of white cardstock to stencil onto.  I place the Layered Fancy Leaf stencil over the cardstock and used some more of the crayons to ink it up.  I rubbed the crayon onto my sheet of acetate, then picked up the colour with a stencil brush.
  • I splattered with my black Posca pen and simply die cut the 'fall' letters from white cardstock.
  • I cut a white border using the Memory Box stitched dies, to create a frame.  I glued the first panel behind that frame then onto a heavy white card base.
  • Next, I cut another piece of white, a piece of matching orange, then the stenciled leaf using the stitched die again.  I glued them all together and foam mounted them over the inked background.
  • Finally, I glued on the 'fall' letters.

Here is the stencil I used:
Layered Fancy Leaf Stencil

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Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
(no question...Autumn with all the inspiring colours that nature has to offer)

Stamps- none
Inks- Vicki Boutin Art Crayons
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.)
Accessories and Tools- Layered Fancy Leaf stencil (ACLD); Stencil brush (TH); Posca pen;
Stitched Fame die (Memory Box); alphabet letters (Photoplay); sheet of acetate


  1. A lovely idea to share art.
    Great fall card xxx

  2. Gorgeous card and what a fabulous way to share kindness with people through art, hugs, Lori m

  3. What a brilliant idea Karen - and I love your card - such fabulous fall colours
    Stay safe

  4. Now that's a fun, friendly and clever idea to share 'Art' Karen x. The colours on your striking card look fabulous and what a wonderful autumnal card Karen x.

  5. Beautiful card and beautiful colors!

  6. Your card is gorgeous Karen and the colours are beautiful.
    What a lovely community idea, I hope lots of people participate, Kate x

  7. Gorgeous card, Love the colours Karen.
    Faith x

  8. Oh Karen this is just BEAUTIFUL! Your colors are amazing ... love it! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

    P.S. Did you know this beauty also fits the theme at our new challenge blog called FOUR SEASONS CHALLENGE? Please come check it out and join in!!

  9. Beautiful card, Karen. Great lay out and colours. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. xx Wilma

  10. Such a bright and beautiful result using the washy background with the stencilled leaf on a layered topper Karen. x

  11. Beautiful Autumn card and fabulous stenciled leaves..
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge this fortnight at As You Like It..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. WOW! This stencil is awesome and so are these colors! That little art gallery sharing idea is fabulous! I'll bet your cards go fast!

  13. Beautiful take on our stencil challenge Karen. You always create stunning colourful works of art. thanks for sharing this one with us at the sisterhood of Crafters.

  14. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}


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