One of my favorite Gina K. Designs stamp sets is illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger, A Year of Flowers. Well, this month she has brought a collection of beautiful leaves and wonderful sentiments to celebrate the changing season’s leaves in A Year of Leaves. The release of this stamp set makes me anticipate the beautiful Fall season, which is my favorite! Living in Central Texas has caused me to have a new appreciation for the cooling weather, changing of the color of leaves (although what little we have here pales in comparison to those on the East Coast, I know!). What I look forward to most is being able to shut off the a/c and open up the windows in the house and this year, to enjoy our new outdoor hobby Geocaching!
For my card today, I stamped an assortment of leaves on watercolor paper, wet it and dabbed my peerless watercolors on, creating various colors of fall leaves. Once I was done, I grabbed a color spritzer tool and an olive green marker, and filled in the white spaces with speckles of color. Lastly, I layered it onto chocolate kiss and green apple cardstock, embellishing it with an oval Thanks sentiment and some cotton thread in a pretty shade of green. Here is a close up of the speckles, watercoloring and shine from the twinkling h20’s I added after.
The next set we’re previewing today is Fruitful Harvest, illustrated by Asela Hopkins; a beautiful collection of large fruits, small sentiments and a very moving quote, which I used on my card. In addition to gorgeous cards, the larger fruits will make wonderful altered art pieces as well as beautifully adorned tile coasters.
On my card, I used Green Apple & Pumpkin Spice cardstock (which will be available to purchase with this release), digital papers released last month with the StampTV kit. Also from the kit I used ribbon & brads from it. Recently I’ve fallen in love all over again with watercoloring on watercolor paper because you can achieve such a natural look with it when you wet your paper first and dab your colors on like I did on both of these cards. I truly feel like an artist as I slowly brought these gorgeous leaves and delicious pears to life on paper!
GKD Senior Design Team Members have previews to share with you today: Carolyn, Cindy, Emily, Erika, Kurtis, Jessica, Lee, Lynn, and Theresa in addition to our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members: Denise Kelemen and Geri Utterback.
SAVE THE DATE!! Our Release Party will be held at SCS starting at 7pm CST on Thursday, August 27th. There will be contests, challenges, lots of chatter as well as many more samples shared! You won't want to miss it!