Autumn is Calling

It is that time again, to prepare my post for this week's Watercolour Wednesday Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. This week the challenge is Watercolour Die Cuts.

I am using one of my favourite dies from Pinkfresh Studios. I have used it before as an outline die, i.e. taking the leaves out. But today, it is all about the colour of our Fall leaves. 

I am working on Arches 140lb Cold Press watercolour paper and using Daniel Smith watercolours. 

To do the background I first taped off the border using artist tape. Using Cascade Green which has that lovely blue in it, along with Jadeite Genuine and Serpentine I did this Wet on Wet wash, then set it aside to dry.

I die cut two sets of the leaves from my watercolour paper. On the first I used wet on dry with Quinacridone Gold. It is beautiful, as you can see with it peeking out from under the top leaves.

 For the top leaves I used Jadite Genuine, Hansa Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Rose of Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Pyrrol Scarlet, and Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Wet on Dry that turned into Wet on Wet, as I kept adding colour to get good saturation. 

Using a pale blue cardbase I attached the watercolour background to the cardbase. I then glued on the bottom Gold leaf set and Nuvo Adhesive to 4 spots on the Gold leaf, giving it a couple of minutes to start setting up. I then set the top leaf set on the glue and let it sit until all was dry. 

This holds the leaf off the bottom set a bit, but enough that adds to the dimension of the card. When I look at the card from the side you can see the difference in the heights. 

To finish up I stamped the sentiment, which is actually half of the true sentiment. I actually had surgery on my stamp, cutting it in half so I could use the sentiment as I wanted, or part on the front and the rest inside. For this card I used the bottom part stamping with VersaFine Clair ink in Paradise.

And to finish up I added Crystal Drops in several colours. 

I really like how this turned out, which is how I imagined it. Love it when that happens!

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  1. Your leaves are so colorful and beautiful. When you stamp your sentiment onto wc paper how do you get a good clean image? I have tried using a positioner and still have trouble getting it dark enough. Any tips for me. Thanks.

    1. I have to say that it is all in the ink. I now only use VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp my sentiments. This particular card I did two passes using my Misti. It was good the first time, excellent the second, especially on watercolour paper like Arches. Highly recommended.
      Hope this helps, Kia

  2. Your card is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talents and wonderful instructions! I just might have to give this a try!

  3. Marisela Delgado said: Absolutely gorgeous, Kia! So beautiful!

  4. Wow..Gorgeous die cut watercolored leaves, Kia. I love your pretty watercolored background and crystal drops too. TFS your beautiful Fall card. Love and Hugs..Nancy


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