Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Card Concept - Colors of Fall

It's time for another challenge at The Card Concept.
Today's challenge is: Colors of Fall
Everyone is welcome to play along using the colors, the theme, 
textures, items, or just anything from the picture as your starting point.

 I was inspired by the theme to create this autumn mixed media card.

I love up-cycling cereal or cracker boxes into weathered wood backgrounds and this time I added a weathered lantern.

Here's how I make the backgrounds:

  1. Trim a thin piece of cardboard to size (use the reverse side if you're up-cycling a cereal box)
  2. Score some lines (you choose how wide - mine were 1/2 inch on this card)
  3. Paint your cardboard with white school glue
  4. While still tacky, paint a thin layer of your main paint color over top the glue (I mixed blue and gray together on this card.)
  5. Heat set or allow to air dry (if you did it right,cracks will appear)
  6. Add an accent color or two and heat set again
  7. Re-score your lines
  8. Sand portions of your finished piece to give it a weathered look

For the lantern:

  1. Die cut the lantern from cardboard
  2. Using a dry brush, swipe some white paint and heat set
  3. Add some walnut stain distress oxide in the bare spots.
  4. Repeat till your satisfied with the look
  5. Sand in spots to create a more weathered look

The bird and leaves were cut from mixed media paper and inked with the distress inks listed below.

Supplies and Tools: 


Lori Kobular said...

I love everything about this gorgeous card!! You make gorgeous cards! I am a big fan!!

Conniecrafter said...

You do such a beautiful job with your wood backgrounds, love how it looks on your lantern too, I love the bow to top it off and love your leaves behind the sweet bird, another lovely creation!

Darlene said...

OH WOW ... this is just AMAZING! (no surprise there! lol) LOVE how you've done your background panel (very clever technique) and your coloring of the bird/leaves is AMAZING! FABULOUS overall design! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


P.S. Just a friendly reminder that our new STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE is open and ready to see your stenciled creations. Hope you’ll come join in the fun!

dj said...

Esther, this is just gorgeous!! Your background panel technique is one I am gonna have to try!! Way to go shopping your stash!! Thanks for playing along with our “leaf me alone” challenge (#SOS480) over at SOS!!

AlisonC said...

What a beautiful bird. I love those shades of blue and the rustic wood look behind. I also love it when I see unusual colour combos. Thanks for Shopping your Stash with us this time.

Makira said...

This is absolutely stunning! Thank you for the inspiration!
Cheers, Makira

Jackie Beers said...

Your card is so pretty! I especially love the blue wood background. Thank you for joining our MMM Challenge.

Maria Valente said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Thank you for playing along at MMMChallenge.
See you soon!

Billie A said...

Beautiful card. I love the colors and the bird is awesome die and just a stunning card. Thanks for sharing over at Make My Monday.

Haven_mom4 said...

I love to recycle items too. The lantern is amazing and the colors just perfect. Thank you for sharing with us at Use Your Stuff

SmilynStef said...

love the rich blues with those vibrant autumn hues ... so glad you joined our *leaf me alone* challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

My Paper Epiphany said...

What a wonderful creation! Thanks for explaining the process - so clever! I love the colours and the distressed details:)

Joan said...

Love this card, beautiful colours and the woodgrain background is great

Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday Challenge


Karen Letchworth said...

This is real pretty, Esther. Thanks for sharing with us at The Four Seasons Challenge.