Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Wheelbarrow Card

The weather is definitely getting cooler and it is getting dark much earlier - I guess that means Fall is here!  While thinking about the changing seasons I decided to make a "Fall" card and remembered the wheelbarrow full of leaves on the Cheerful Seasons cartridge.

The wheelbarrow cut has a shadow and several layers.  These are located on the main keypad and the layer feature. 

 I set the size at three inches and then placed the cuts in each quadrant of the 12 x 12 mat.

This makes it simple to place the colors you have chosen in each section of the mat and avoid running into the "uncuttable" zone at the edges of the mat.

I used various shades of Core'dinations cardstock.  There are lots of tiny pieces when you cut the wheelbarrow at this size and I used multi-cut 2 to make sure I got clean cuts.

It was a little tricky to choose colors.   Some of the leaves are the same color as the wheelbarrow.  Whenever I am doing a complicated layered cut I first assemble the pieces without adhesive to see how the colors work.  I thought this looked a bit confusing so I cut another wheelbarrow layer in a brighter yellow to add more contrasting colors in the leaves.

I trimmed the yellow leaves from the wheelbarrow and adhered them on top of the original cut.  It is easy to trim along the straight line of the barrow.

 I continued to add leaves until the barrow was full.  In some cases it is easier to put the adhesive on the main image and then add the tiny leaves on top of the base layer.

I did end up turning a few leaves in different directions for my "interpretation" of the original design!  Next I auditioned two version of the word "Fall" from the cartridge.

There is a bold sans serif version and a script style word on the base and shift of the CheerfulFont3 special feature.  I liked the script version better.

I made my card base from some Bazzill textured cardstock in a rust shade.  The green dotted layer is from the Prima "First Blush" mat stack.  I don't usually use patterned papers for the lower mat layer on a card but I really liked the colors of this paper from the Autumn Splendor mat stack from Making Memories (also found on sale last year).

These mats were 4 x 6 inches so I simply trimmed off a 3/4 inch strip from one end for a 5 1/4 x 4 inch mat.  The green dotted layer is 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

I used my friend Joy's trick for the inside of the card - I just added the strip I had trimmed to the side to dress up the inside a bit and coordinate it with the card front.  This cardstock is light enough to use a dark pen for the message.

I adhered the "fall" in the lower right corner of the card and used foam squares to lift the assembled wheelbarrow cut for a 3D effect.

I thought the leaves were lacking something - they just weren't very appealing for some reason.  Then I realized that the answer was sitting on my craft island...a jar of Golden Rod Stickles.

The Stickles were just the thing to add some life to the card!

Here is another view of  the final card. It can be used for a "thinking of you" note or maybe an invitation to come jump in the leaves!

Cheerful Seasons is one of the two Creative Memories exclusive cartridges.  These must be purchased through a Creative Memories consultant.  I am a consultant and, if you do not have already have a consultant, I would be happy to help you.  Here is a LINK to the page on my personal website where you can order the cartridges.  They are delivered to you directly via UPS.

I do have to mention that today is International "Talk like a Pirate Day" - it you are not familiar with this "holiday" here is a LINK to the official website.  I always remember the date because it is my nephew's birthday - Happy Birthday J!

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  1. Beautiful colors - what a great card! Yup, definitely turning fall-like...46 degrees here in the midwest this morning!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. What a beautiful card!!! I love the fall and the colors it brings into our lives. TFS

  3. Beautiful card, love the rich colours you used. Not quite sure how we talk like a pirate today that is a new one on me.
    Kim xXx

  4. Really love the card .. more love your indepth showing HOW .. I think better than a video. Thanks for taking thne time to share.

  5. Great fall card. Love the colors.
    Miss living in an area where you get all the seasons displayed. Here in San Diego, CA we have mostly wonderful weather year round but we don't get the beauty of the fall colors. Thanks for sharing. Like this cartridge.

  6. AArrrr matey, I like this Fall Card. (lol) The colors look just right with a touch from the stickles. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hey, I'm almost doing the pirate talk thing without trying due to the lovely cold I've got. haha! Great card - I spent the weekend camping in central MN - yes, with sniffles and all - and boy were the leaves falling! Fall is the most beautiful time of the year and your card sure shows that! Thanks for sharing!
    JeanH from the MB

  8. That is a great card! Lovely work!

  9. Beautiful Card! I just made a stickles chart, golden rod is fabulous! And I think that is my favorite wheelbarrow.

  10. You card is so pretty! You are right, the Stickles were just the thing! Great card!

  11. you always have such great ideas and this is just another one. tx for sharing.

  12. What a great card! Looks like a bunch of work but well worth it!

  13. Great card!!! But this would be awesome on a layout of my hubby being buried with leaves by a few of our grandbabies:):). Love your choice of colors. TFS

  14. Awesome card. Love the colors. TFS


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