Is anyone really ready to think about fall yet? I'm not! For me, I feel like summer has barely even started, and I have so much planned (crafty events) before the summer is over. Don't get me wrong, Fall and Spring are definitely my favorite seasons due to the somewhat mild temperatures. My comfortability is a sunny day, about 70 degrees, and a slight breeze, but not enough to mess up my hair! lol!
Anyway, while I was searching online for some craft magazines I might consider subscribing too I came across the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, and it turns out they're having a Fall 2016 Call inviting both scrapbookers and card-makers to submit a Fall-themed project. I thought it would be fun to give it a try; what do I have to lose?
The other day when I arrived home, the sun was setting, and the sky had pretty colors of pink, purple, and blue... I thought, "That would make a great sunset background for a card!" Since I've been using my distress inks more so lately, I'm always thinking of different backgrounds and color combinations I could use for my cards. This idea was stuck in my head, so I knew today I would be making that sunset background.
I decided to incorporate it into the Fall card I was creating, as I do see these color sunsets in Fall as well. I decided to create a scene with a sun setting behind some mountains, and a few critters standing by a fire, roasting marshmallows.
I began my card first by making my sunset background using Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Blueprint Sketch distress inks. It took a lot of work to get the look I wanted, lots of blending... very tiring! Soon, I realized if I pushed the foam into the ink more, it would pick up more color, making applying the ink and blending not so difficult. I still tapped it to the side on my craft mat and blended from the outside in to avoid harsh ink lines. Once I was done with my background, I finished it off with some shimmer sprays and white paint splatters to mimic stars in the sky.
Next, I pulled out my "Love You S'more" stamp and die sets from Lawn Fawn, stamped out some of the images onto Bristol Smooth paper, clear heat embossed them, and colored them in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. After color, I die cut the images and started to put a scene together.
To finish off my scene, I die cut some Snow Capped Mountains using a Mama Elephant die. I also die cut some meadow grass using a Lawn Fawn die. In order to get a ground/dirt look for the area where I would put the bonfire, I used some Gathered Twigs distress ink to darken up the bottom of the paper. This really finished off the look for the scene, and using foam squares and various adhesives, I put my card together. Lastly, I heat set the sentiment "let's toast!" with some white embossing powder.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting :)