Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nature's Harvest - Sneak Peek #2!

Well, I've made it to post # 2!  There were definitely some growing pains with post # 1 on Monday, so we'll see how this one goes today😅.  

I would love to hear your feedback and comments.  

I had fun making today's card.  Usually I have a fairly clear plan for a card before I start, but today -- not so much!  It just sort of evolved.  I knew I wanted to try some blending with one of my new favorite tools -- the Blending Brushes.  So I made a couple of masks using the tree limb die from the "coming soon" Harvest Dies.  The Harvest Meadow Suite will be available on August 3 when the Fall Mini Catalog launches.

I laid the two masks on Basic White Cardstock and then used my Blending Brushes to "color" over them with Pool Party Ink.  I was happy with how the branch pattern popped and thought it would make a pretty background.  So I then moved on to figuring out what to put on top of it.  I tried a few of the dies and finally settled on using the wheat (at least I think it's wheat) and the cone flower (or do you call it a Black Eyed Susan?). 

I die cut the plants from watercolor paper and then color washed them with Water Painters and reinkers.  I thought the flower should be yellow, but I wasn't so sure about the wheat.  I started out making it yellow also, but, I'll be honest, that didn't look so great.  I had already washed the stems of both plants with Shaded Spruce, so I decided to add a very light wash of Shaded Spruce on top of the yellow wheat.  I figured if it looked terrible, I could start over because the bright yellow was definitely not working.  Anyway, I'm pretty sure it is not the color of wheat, but I liked it so called it "good".  After all, it's ART, right?  I gave myself some "artistic liberty".  I added a few splatters of basic gray ink to the cone flower and then painted the flower and wheat with Wink of Stella to give them a little sparkle.  I my world you can never have too much sparkle and shine!

Once the plants were colored, it was all about assembly and some finishing touches.  I love the new Brushed Metallic Adhesive Dots that are part of this Harvest Meadow Suite.  I used the copper color ones, and as my mom would have said "they just do something" to it.

I practiced my blending technique a little more on the inside of the card and the envelop.  My rule:  No naked insides or envelopes!  They don't need a lot of "dressing", but they need a little something.

If you would like more details and dimensional information for making this card you can access the FREE TUTORIAL HERE.

With the exception of the Harvest Meadow Suite Products, you can see a complete list of all the products I used in my product list below.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed today's card and that it gave you a little inspiration!

  Product List


  1. I especially love the sentiment on this one and I agree about "No naked insides..." :-)

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  3. Very nice, I like the blending over the tree limb in the background...subtle but definitely makes it pop. :)