Wednesday 11 September 2019

Autumn birthday cards by Karen James

Well, the mornings are noticably colder and the evenings drawing in: Autumn is definitely on its way. Surely, the best thing about autumn is the fabulous colours and, while I live in a faitrly wet area where we rarely have strong leaf colours, it doesn't stop me playing with the stronger autumn hues.

 My cards started with a few sheets of watercolour paper sprayed with water and sprinkled with green Brushos: Leaf Green, Lime Green, Olive Green and a tiny bit of the darker Emerald Green. This was followed by Gold Sprinkle-It for some metallic accents and added interest on the background.

I coloured another piece but using less water around the edges and orange-red hues of Brusho Crystals: Gamboge, Sandstone and Scarlet. This was splattered with gold Aztec Metallic paint. I was aiming for a mottled effect on this paper to represent the autumn leaves.

Another piece of paper was sponged with Bronze Aztec Metallic paint.

With the green papers already dry and cut to size, I used the excess paint on the sponge to stamp on to the backgrounds.

These were also stenciled with Copper Design-It paste. Here is my workspace at this point: Red papers die cut with leaves, bronze paper die-cut with some birthday sentiments and the green papers being finished. The bronze paper was also cut slightly larger than the green layers.

Pulling this all together, I used some dark bronze coloured cards, layered the bronze painted sheet followed by the green stamped and stenciled layer and embellished this with the die cut leaves and sentiments.

I am happy to have some cards ready for family and friends in the coming autumn months! I hope they enjoy all those lovely autumn colours and warm-toned metallics as much as I do.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Really pretty. That copper paste looks amazing. Love all the beautiful autumn shades. Hugz

    1. Thanks. Yes, the copper is a gorgeous colour and I love that the Design-It pastes are so easy to work with yet don't seem to take too long to dry.


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