Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fall Apple Harvest

This card was fun to make and it reminds me of the mountains, cider, fried apple pies and cool weather for apple picking. Here is how it was made.
1. Stamp apple bucket from the Stampin' Up! (SU!) Give Thanks set with black Stazon ink. You may use any neutral paper or watercolor paper.
2. Cut Real Red card stock (CS) to 4 x5 1/4 inches.
3. Cut Handsome Hunter CS 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and stamp with the SU! Print Pattern background stamp using watermark ink. I find the easiest way to do this is by turning the stamp rubber side up and ink the bottom 2 1/2 rows of the stamp. Lay the paper on the stamp and rub evenly.
4. Lay green strip against red paper and trim with a craft knife to exact size. Add the brass embellishment to this strip with metallic gold ribbon. I like to use Crystal Effects to glue down the ribbon.
5. Color the apple bucket with water color crayons/watercolor pencils and blend with a brush or Aqua Painter. See tutorial if needed. I used a Basic Gray, Going Gray and white crayon with a green red, yellow and brown pencil. The apples were shaded by coloring yellow on the top and red at the bottom. Blend the two colors together working from yellow to red.
6. Use a thin layer of Crystal Effects on the apples for shine and let dry. This picks up the shine from the ribbon, embellishment and gold embossing.
7. Cut the apple buckets into 2 1/2 x 3 inch rectangles.
8. Take black paper or CS and cut into rectangles 1/2 inch larger than the apple buckets.
9. Use the SU! wrought iron corner punch on each corner of the black rectangle and insert the apple buckets.
10. Dry fit the pieces together and take watermark ink and stamp the sentiment (Thinking of You from SU! Peace and Comfort set). Heat emboss with black embossing powder.
11. Stamp the squiggle from the Elegant Inspirations set with watermark ink and heat emboss with gold powder.
12. Put all of the pieces together with adhesive and attach to the front of white or vanilla CS.

The Brass embellishment was made with 21 gauge square half hard wire which was twisted with a pin vise or drill and then wrapped around the medium sized pins of a wire jig. See the Wire Jig post for more information.

Happy stamping!


Shannon McGann said...

What a gorgeous card! I love the rich colours and all the accessories. I just love the wrought iron punch - I'm so disappointed that it was discontinued! It looks great with this card. TFS.

Paula said...

Shannon, Thank you for your kind words of praise. I am bummed that the punch was discontinued from SU! I did see this punch available today at Joann Fabrics.

Kathy W said...

Paula, I love your card. We love local apples this time of year. I so admire your coloring. The pail and apples look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


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