Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn Sunflower Card

There is a lot that I like about this time of year - crisp days, crunchy apples and the colors of the falling leaves (but not raking the leaves!).  I don't tend to choose autumn colors very often, unless I am making something that is specifically for autumn, so I challenged myself to make a "general" card with fall colors.

I used gold metallic embossing powder to make the sentiment stand out on the dark card base.  The magical transformation never fails to amuse me!  After stamping with Versamark and sprinkling on the powder the stamped words looked like this...

Just a few seconds with the heat gun turned them into this shiny gold.  The cardstock I used was textured Bazzill and the embossing takes on this texture.

This is a square card measuring 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.  I added the strip of striped paper to anchor the sunflower.  The paper has both flocking and glitter stripes.  The photos don't really capture the sparkle of the glitter stripe - it actually balances the shiny embossing very nicely.

The sunflower is an original design I created in the Silhouette Studio software.  This software makes it incredibly easy to create layers and shadows - just a few clicks is all it takes.  I used some American Crafts pearl cardstock for the yellow and orange.

The sunflower is raised with foam dots.  I found the shade of brown I wanted on the opposite side of this double sided paper - it looks odd to see this side with the rest of the card!

I put a large gradient gem brad in the center of the flower, added a medium gem sticker on top and surrounded the brad with small gem stickers in alternating shades of amber.  All of these gems are from Creative Charms and you can find them HERE.

There is still plenty of time to add your link for my Creative Charms Challenge - see the post HERE to find out how you could win some great embellishments for your projects.  The challenge ends next Monday.

For those of you on the email subscription, due to either Blogger (the site) or blogger (me) error my post for yesterday did not publish in the early morning as it usually does.  It should have come to you sometime in the middle of the day yesterday - and with a little luck, this post is reaching you in the morning as usual.  If you missed it all together, just click over the the blog (click on the "Capadia Designs" name at the top of the email to go to the blog) and scroll down to see the Halloween wall frame - an easy and fun project!

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  1. Beautiful card!! I love the photo tray too!

  2. Just love the silhouette. Great card. Did you use black ink and then embosss with gold powder?

  3. Absolutely beautiful card, love the colors, love the elegance...awesome always! Love your Halloween project as well. Thank you for sharing!

  4. That card is soooo pretty. I just love the colors you used. Great inspiration!

  5. Your card is beautiful! You are so creative!

  6. Great card, Diane. Just love the richness of the colors.

  7. I never think to use gold embossing powder on orange paper. It turns out so gorgeous so I'm really going to have to try this. I love your sunflower.

  8. Thanks everyone! To answer Merrylion - I used regular clear Versamark ink - the powder does look very black. It is "Zing" gold metallic from American Crafts. This is my favorite brand of embossing powder - it comes in many beautiful colors, metallic, glitter, etc.


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