The Crafty Crab

In the Making: October

Yep. I skipped right over September. It was needed.

I cleaned, tidied, de-stashed, de-cluttered and got my creative juices ready for autumn. October has been the perfect opportunity for me to try out some new tools and methods, and that’s just what I’ve done. All.In.One.Card.

My mom’s birthday is next week. She’s a wonderfully creative woman and I wanted to create something special for her.

I’m also entering this card in my first ever card challenge (Eeep!). The challenge is Autumn Colours sponsored by Frilly and Funkie.

I discovered The Funky Junkie Boutique recently (quite by mistake) and have reveled in at least one shipment of new products (the new Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Stain Sprays and Stencils). I think I may be hooked.

For my mom’s birthday card, I wanted to bring out all of the colors of fall — the oranges, yellows, browns, reds and greens. Early on, the change in colors is arresting here in the Northeast. As the days roll on, the colors fade. Leaves, like old postcards and ephemera, become memories of Nature’s past. It’s truly the perfect season to explore “vintage”, and create nostalgia with color and texture.

I started by making little “roses” using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone Bigz die. I cut three flowers out of beautiful ochre card stock, and one more out of white card stock. The white card stock was inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink and misted with water. Once the main parts of the flowers were created, I inset the red centers for that pop of color you see in early fall. Leaves were cut from linen textured card stock from the same die.

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Tattered Pinecone “Roses”

I distressed a piece of scrap designer paper with script writing. I actually over sanded and the paper ended up tearing a bit. But, I actually like how it turned out. Happy “accidents” are the best!

I inked the edges of the scrap with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and adhered to my red card base. A piece of textured, mottled cream card stock was cut with the largest of the Sizzix Scalloped Oval Framelits, edges inked, and edges lightly curled upwards. A plain oval was cut for the center piece (Framelits)  and I used the Dot Fade Stencil and Angel Glimmer Mist. Those pieces were adhered together and centered on the card.

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Framelits and Roses on Card Base

After I positioned the leaves and flowers around the main oval frame, I stamped and die cut the “happy birthday” plaque using the Taylored Expressions ‘From Me to You’ stamp and coordinating die set. To continue with the vintage feel, I used Color Box Chalk Ink (Warm Red) and “aged” the plaque with Vintage Photo. Two copper mini brads were added, and I adhered the plaque to the base with dimensional foam. Lastly, a paper twine bow was glued in place.

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Finished Card

I love how all of the tools and techniques, though from different manufacturers and designers, worked together in harmony. The card takes on a lovely vintage feel (especially in low light), and that’s just what I was going for. I can’t wait to create more this season!

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