Autumn Blessings

You all know I love this die by Frantic Stamper, and of course that would be because I designed it in my head and explained it to the talented Kathy Berger who made it came to life, and it is fabulous. 
This card has been a work in progress over the last couple of weeks. The Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers a couple of weeks ago was on a Pinterest Board full of Paper Art. I could not play at the time, but immediately thought of this die when I was looking at the artwork. Then I received an email about the CAS Mix Up Challenge, and back I came to this die cut. I knew I wanted to play in the challenge. But, I do not have spray inks, so I made my own. I have done this in the past and it works for me, maybe it will work for some of you rather than buying spray inks. I use my Winsor Newton Watercolours to make my sprays, and a tiny Ranger spritzer bottle. I add ink to the bottle with my paint brush, heavy on the ink and not so heavy on the water that I add, also with my paint brush. I only make a little, enough for the project I am working on, and I use the same bottle for all the colours I want to use, not cleaning in between colours. For this project I used New Gamboge, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange and Permanent Rose. As the bottles near the end of the paint they sputter, also another part of making my own that I love, it saves me the time of doing splatters with my paint brush! I watercoloured only the pumpkin, using Zig Brushes. I styled the harvest panel and propped it up on foam strips attaching to my spritzed background. I am not sure where the stamp came from, but it is for the stamping part of the challenge, which is Stamping, Sprays and "your choice", mine being die-cutting. I hope you like my card, and thank you for dropping in today.
Products: Frantic Stamper Fall Harvest Panel, Winsor Newton Watercolour Paints, Kuretake Zig Brushes.


  1. Your sprayed background is so gorgeous Kia. Love the fall colours. And what a great idea to start with the lightest colour and then just keep adding to your spray bottle. So clever! That die-cut scene you've added on top is so beautiful. Your card looks like the perfect Autumn day. :) Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  2. This goes to show that we don't need to go out and purchase something new. Often we can make do beautifully with what we have. After my experience with sprays, I believe this is the way to go. You have a beautiful background and I love the splatters! What a wonderful bonus! So pretty with this die cut! Thanks, Kia for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. Did you hear my out loud...OMGosh Kia? Stunning sprayed background and beautifully diecut framed my friend. I make my own sprays too :-) TFS and so happy you joined us us at CAS Mix Up this month. Hugs, Nancy

  4. Oh, Kia, what a beautiful fall card, and I love the fall die! Wow, and your background is amazing! You certainly had to have a lot of fun with this one! And I know you are looking forward to the cooler weather too, right? Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo


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