Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Autumn Harvest Masking and Brayering!

This was the swap card I created for a demo swap awhile back and then my stamp club made it at the September meeting. I love this new Autumn Harvest set from the Holiday mini! It comes with a jack-o-lantern face so it is also great for kids' and Halloween cards and scrapbook pages.

A couple different techniques were used with this card: embossing, masking, crayon resist, and brayering. A piece of glossy cardstock was used for the main image. The smaller pumpkin and gourd in the forefront of the image were stamped first in Chocolate Chip craft ink. Those two images had clear embossing powder sprinkled on them and they were heat embossed. Masks of those two images were made by stamping them on a post it note and then cutting them out. The masks were placed over the two embossed images and then the biggest pumpkin and the leaves were stamped in the Chocolate Chip craft ink and then embossed with clear powder. The masks prevent the already stamped images from getting stamped on so the bigger pumpkin looks like it sits behind the other images.

To give a few "highlights" on the images, a white crayon is used to very lightly scribble on the glossy cardstock before brayering with the Pumpkin Patch spectrum pad. The crayon resists the ink leaving those areas white while the rest of the area gets ink from the brayer. In this card, the white was too bright of a highlight, so the added step (before the crayon) was to brayer with the sponge brayer the entire glossy piece with Creamy Caramel classic ink. Then the crayon was used very lightly to form the highlights. Finally, the rubber brayer was inked up using the Pumpkin Patch spectrum pad and then the inked brayer was rollered over the embossed images. The crayon areas resist the Pumpkin Patch ink and remain Creamy Caramel colored. Additional shadows on the pumpkins were added by taking the Stampin' Write markers and scribbling on some Ruby Red and Creamy Caramel shadows quickly followed by gentle rubbing with a tissue to blend the marker colors.

The rest of the card just involved punching the glossy cardstock layer with the Ticket Corner punch, layering, and adding the Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon (gorgeous ribbon, btw)! The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from the Holiday Wishes set and it was also stamped in Chocolate Chip craft ink and then embossed with clear powder.

I have to say this is one of my favorite cards. Hope you enjoy it!


*All supplies for this card are available in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and the Holiday Mini Catalog (the Autumn Harvest set).

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