Good Sunday morning. I have another fun fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set, Tree Frame, Large Fence, Squirrel Set, Oak Leaves and Rake, Leaves and Stems and Small Grass Border. I thought I would share a few step by step photos of how I colored the pumpkins and the leaves.
I start by die cutting the pumpkins using orange cardstock and apply Spiced Marmalade ink using a mini applicator.
Next I lightly apply Vintage Photo around the edges of the pumpkin to add depth of color.
This final picture doesn’t show that I apply a darker layer of brown ink on the stem of the pumpkin.
I color the tiny leaves with three colors. I apply Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick on each leaf. I don’t apply the colors on the exact same spot for each leaf but move it around so the leaves don’t all look exactly alike.
After all three colors are applied I finish each leaf by lightly swiping the mini applicator with Spiced Marmalade ink over the entire leaf. I do not add more ink to the applicator because I’m not trying to color over the three colors. This step just blends all three colors together for a more natural looking leaf. There is only a little space for each color on the leaves but changing up where each color is applied makes a difference in the completed project. This may seem like a tedious job but it goes really fast.
I started the tree by cutting the Tree Frame out using white cardstock. I misted the whole image quite heavily with water and then swiped my Vintage Photo ink pad directly over the cardstock to apply color. Once I was happy with the color I heat dried with my heat gun. Next I cut the frame and a couple larger branches off of the tree. I cut the branches apart and began rearranging them to create a full tree and attached with glossy accents. I didn’t think to take pictures of how I did this because I wasn’t even sure it would work but I really like how it turned out. Once the tree was complete I attached leaves over the branches with glossy accents. The leaves covered up the spots where the branches were attached so you would never guess the tree had been modified. After the leaves were all attached I gently bent them with my fingers so they would look more natural and not so flat.
The squirrels were colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and mini applicators.
Once all the parts of the scene were finished I began assembling the scene. The fence was attached to the card base section with thin strips of mounting tape. Next the grass border was attached to the bottom of the fence with thin strips of mounting tape. I attached thin strips of mounting tape and rolled glue dots to the back of the tree and then attached it to the card base. I attached foliage from the Leaves and Stems set to the pumpkins using glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass border and attached with mounting tape. I added a few additional stems of foliage around the pumpkins and then attached the squirrels for the finishing touch.
I really love how this turned out. We don’t have a season with fall colors in Florida and it is something I have missed all forty years that I have lived here. I hope you have found my step by step pictures helpful. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”