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What does autumn mean to you?
For me, it’s the smell of wood smoke around the bonfire, baked potatoes cooked in tinfoil and hot mulled cider.
It's also a time of change, with shortening days, falling leaves and silky smooth conkers bursting from their prickly shells.
Nature’s colours are warm and earthy with leaves changing from green to various shades of red, yellow, orange and brown.
Autumn is also a time of festivals that celebrate thanksgiving and remembrance.
With the shortening days bring the evening celebrations of Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night.
So, how can we reflect autumn in our handmade greeting cards?
By using nature for our inspiration...
Before starting your cards check out your card sizes and layers.
This gorgeous stamp set from Clarity stamps has a heart shaped wreath with additional leaves and an Autumn sentiment.
Both cards were stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder on water colour paper.
The images were water coloured with standard and metallic water colour paints in autumnal colours.
A deep red was used to create the splatters and gold dots were added for the final embellishments.
For the sunflower cards I used the Painted Harvest stamp set and leaf punch from Stampin Up!
They were stamped in warm shades of orange, cajun and brown.
The sunflowers are made using the 2 step stamping technique.
Complete the sunflower with the centre seed head.
To make the cards....
Stamp one of the sunflowers onto a separate sheet of card.
Then either fussy cut around the edges or use a
starburst punch for a similar effect.
The leaves also use the 2 step stamping. Cut with the leaf punch or fussy cut.
Mount the sunflower and leaves onto your card with
foam pads for a 3D effect.
Finally add your own choice of sentiment.
Woodland embossing folder
Seasonal Layers dies set
Available from Stampin Up!