Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Autumn Leaves

I'm not normally a Tim Holtz girl - I've got his book and distress inks but I've not been very successful with his grungy style - it leaves you with messy fingers for one thing (I would photograph my hands but its too embarrassing I look like a 2 year old let loose in a paint factory!!!)  However, I saw this die yesterday and I just HAD to have it and it arrived, thanks to Craftie Charlie,  within 24 hours so I've been playing nice tonight.


I've followed the sketch again from this week's Less is More challenge as I think the placement works with the two simple elements.  The colours are from this weeks Play Date Cafe which are Green, Rust and Gold.  I am also entering into Digi Doodle Shop Challenge which is autumn colours.

I cut the shapes on the die (it's a thin strip die so you need a 12" extender plate unless you have a calibre) using the rust, gold and green textured card and I inked the edges with distress ink and a make-up sponge (hence the messy fingers!) and stuck them on with a glue pen.  I did add one neutral colour - dark brown for the branches and acorn.  The sentiment is from inkadinkadoo inked with a gold chalk ink and then I dabbed rusty hinge on top with the make-up sponge to add the feeling of the leaves turning into their autumn splendour.

Right - off for a bath now to scrub the inky mess off!
x

27 comments:

  1. Well inky fingers obvious well worth it what a fab card,love the autumn colours and leaves x

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  2. Definitely worth the inky fingers - wonderful card - love it

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  3. This is just gorgeous... the overall shape looks like a sycamore key, was that intentional? It looks fab!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  4. I have this die too :) The corner design works so well for the autumn spray and just perfect for the sketch too :)
    Jenny x

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  5. What a gorgeous card.xxx

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  6. I love the layout of your card, a lovely way to use the LIM sketch and a great use of the PDCC colours!

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  7. This is a really beautiful card! Must look into that die!

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  8. This is stunning xx Jan

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  9. Beautiful card, love those leafy die cuts and the autumnal colours.

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  10. Wow this really caught my eye from my dashboard. Beautiful seasonal card.

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  11. Fabby use of the leaves and white space Tara!

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  12. Beautiful! Lovely colors too! :)

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  13. Ooh so THAT'S how you use the die, this is gorgeous and I think I may *need* that die now I've seen what you've done:)
    Anne
    x

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  14. This is stunning - the inky fingers were well worth it.
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges xx

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  15. A very lovely cluster of leaves! Thanks for playing along at The Play Date Cafe this week.

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  16. Great grouping of leaves for such a beautiful CAS card. Thanks for joining us this week at The Play Date Cafe.

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  17. Fabulous CAS card for Autumn. Thank you for joining in the DDS Challenge. hugs Donna x

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  18. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous Tara. Love everything, the shapes, the colours,right up my street.
    Lynne xxx

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  19. Tara - this is lovely - the diecut leaves, branches and acorns are just perfect for the challenges! And it's so worth getting mucky fingers - it comes off - eventually!! :)

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  20. Gorgeous leaves Tara
    Great card

    Thank you
    Mandi LIM

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  21. awesome card! i love the saying, it's perfect.

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  22. What a lovely card! The layout of the leaves is perfect, and I love how you have inked the sentiment! I'm with you on the distress inks--I love the look, but can't seem to use them without getting blotches on my white card stock due to inky fingers!

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  23. Tara...you've done it again...another beautiful card! LOVE the colors in this!! Beautifully done!

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  24. Love the colors and the symmetry. Great take on the sketch!

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