Friday, October 15, 2010

Stampin' For The Weekend - Halloween or fall

I decided to choose an option to make a all card for Stampin' For The Weekend design team. And there's a reason for that.

You see, couple of weeks ago I was admiring some cool leaves on The Funkie Junkie (Linda) blog. She sprays die cut leaves (and flowers) with the mixture of distress ink, water and perfect pearls and then crumples them. So there I was, whingeing that I don't have any leaf dies and can't try it out and life is hard and economy sucks...yadda-yadda-yadda. Suffice to say she must have got sick of me since this week I received an envelope full of die cuts from her. LOL

Well, I grabbed the envelope, rushed upstairs and attacked them with about gazillion hues of Shimmerz Spritz. And crumpled. And heat gunned. And sprayed AGAIN. Note: RUBBER GLOVES ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

Anyway, the problem is I liked them so much I went a bit mad and plopped almost all the ones I made onto one card. As a result we have a gorgeous Autumn Harvest Ride carousel horse FLOATING on whooping pile of oversized leaves.

Hmmm. Still like the leaves though. They don't look as nice on photos as they do irl, kinda loose their "leafiness" and just seem like shiny heap on crumpled paper. Photographer I am not.

And since I was at it, I shimmerspritzed the background for the horse and all the rest of papers on the card as well. Which, if I am not mistaken, are from now out-of-business Rusty Pickle.

The harvest horse (love him!!) was printed on watercolour paper, washed under the tap, dried with heat gun and then painted with DIstress Inks. Of course I added some Sakura Stardust as well. It's not like I'm mortally ill or something.

The sentiment is from Raindrop Echo's Autumn Sentiments digi set at Whimsy Stamps. It's distressed with Shimmerz paints, quite excessively so. I chose Shimmerz because they do not make inkjet ink run. I'm cunning like that. lol

Now, that was a long and boring post, sorry. All that remains is to enter some challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Change of Season
Kaboodle Doodles - Celebrate the Colors of Fall
The Shabby Tea Room - Pumpkin Patch
Stampavie and More - autumn
Bunny Zoe's Crafts (2nd monday) - autumn love
Stamps R Us - all nature theme

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!


Auntie Em said...

I love your leaves! The horse is so pretty for fall with it's pretty colours.
Thank you for sharing! :o)

France Ringuette said...

Wow... Stunning card ! Love the layering and those colors ! Thanks for joining our Paper Sundaes Challenge!

Fiona said...

this is amazing...those leaves are so life like!! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.


Debbie said...

What a great card and such a clever technique! You're very lucky to have such a nice friend to send you such an awesome treat in the mail!! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room this week :)

Tracey said...

Stunning card Annika, I love those shimmery leaves :)

Have a great weekend.

Viv said...

OMG you'll be making compost with all those fallen leaves! ROTFLMAO!
Looks sooooo cool though, and I'm sure you must be keeping the shimmerspritz people in business with this single card!!!! Viv xx

Pattie said...

Hi Annika! Wow - this is great! Very cute! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room and at Paper Sundaes!

Heather Rogers said...

Annika, you are a true artist. This is amazing. You do a wonderful job altering all the elemnts in your projects. :)

Nana said...

Wonderful card great job!
Thank you for playing with "Paper Sundaes" this week!
hugs Nana

Gunn (Merete) said...

Oh my. This is fantastic. Love the shining leaves, they are stunning. Great card.Love these colors. You done a fab job on this one.

Wish you a great week.
Hugs Gunn :-)

Anne H. said...

WOW - your card is gorgeous, Annika!
So beautiful colors and lovely details. I love the shimmering leaves.
Thanks for joining us this week at Stampavie and More.
Anne :)

Stella said...

This post wasn't boring at all; I love it.
And your card? Another masterpiece; wow you're so talented!

Marilyn said...

Fabulous card & very creative! Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us Blog.

Pattie said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes for our Change of Seasons challenge!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Looks like autumn has arrived in Ireland! Glad you had fun with the die cuts. You certainly put them to good use! I agree, our projects always look so much better IRL!


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