Autumn Edge

I love how the card I’m going to show you turned out.  I’m using the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit – Autumn themed.  I purchased an add on item – Ornate Floral Stencil.  I knew I had wanted to use a stencil, so I had started my plan by placing the stencil onto an A2 card.  I used my Mother of Pearl Nuvo mousse to lightly cover/transfer the stencil image to the card.   I love this color and how it shimmers!

For the main design element of my card, I start by using the Chinese lantern flower dies from the set and placing them along the right edge of the card.  I partial die cut these so the right edge is removed from the front of the card.  On separate cardstock, I stamp and die cut the corresponding flowers. I decided to work on no line pencil coloring; which I do not do very often.  I selected some orange and green color ranges from my Prismacolor pencils and gave it a go.  I love how you can blend colors so well with color pencils.  I think the coloring turned out pretty good. I’m sure I’ll improve with more practice.  With those images completed, I contemplated how to add a sentiment.  I knew I needed a birthday card, so I chose to use the Best Wishes from the set.  I decided to be a little creative and stamp the smallest of the Chinese lantern flower images over the Best Wishes.  Instead of die cutting each element, I partially die cut the flower, and using a rectangle partially die cut the sentiment.  Using scissors, I completed the combined flower and sentiment piece.  I backed just the sentiment with brown cardstock.  I also, added brown cardstock inside the A2 panel so the brown would extend past the floral edge.  I adhered the floral elements to the card and – wella – my finished card.  I am so happy with the results.  It was fun doing no line coloring, and I love love playing with stencils.

I hope my card will inspire you to try new things: partial die cutting, stenciling, using multiple dies to make a new card piece.  Have fun with it!

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