Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Color Throwdown

As the camel in the Geico commercial would say..."Happy Hump Day!" That means there is a new Color Throwdown challenge going on and Melody is our hostess this week with some really fabulous fall colors!

I decided to try creating some modified enamel leaves using the technique tutorial that was posted last Wednesday on Splitcoaststampers.  I didn't have the UTEE thick embossing powder, so substituted clear EP.  I first die cut the leaves on watercolor paper then stamped the leaf images using Sweet 'n Sassy's Seasons of Change stamp set and coordinating dies.  I sprayed them lightly with water and used an aquapainter to dab drops of Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip reinkers on the leaves.  I then blotted them and dried them with a heat gun.  After pressing the leaves on a Versamark pad, I added clear EP - repeating the EP for a second coat.  My photo doesn't capture the shine very well, but I loved how the edges of the leaves curled slightly...just as real autumn leaves would do!  I couldn't resist using my Gorgeous Grunge set (SU) for the background again.  Love that set! 

Remember, you don't have to have the exact colors listed...just use something close.  Be sure to use the keyword CTD259 when you post to a public gallery and you also want to link it up on the Color Throwdown blog.

For more inspiration, you'll want to check out the projects by the rest of the design team...along with our September guest designer below. 

                                                       Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene
Melody Rupple - A Paper Melody 
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
Vickie Zimmer -  Smitten
                                    Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations (you are here)
Susan Roberts - Rainy Day Creations 

STAMPS: Seasons of Change (Sweet 'n Sassy), Gorgeous Grunge (SU), Bountiful Harvest (Verve).
PAPER: Really Rust, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, White watercolor paper.
INK: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Jute twine, Clear embossing powder, Die-Namics Fishtail Flags STAX by MFT.


Marisa said...

Be still my heart!!! Maple leaves!!! And lots of them :) Gorgeous use of the colours too!

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely stunning and those leaves look so real.
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Tammy Hershberger said...

Those leaves are FANTASTIC, Wanda!!! Beautiful card, girlfriend!

Joan Ervin said...

What gorgeous leaves and I love the background you created, Wanda...this is such a beautiful fall design!!!!!

Joanne Travis said...

So warm and wonderful! Love these colors for fall.

Susan (rainy) said...

THUD! Those leaves are GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful card!

Vicki Burdick said...

Gorgeous fall leaves!!

Kim S said...

Stunning! The leaves are gorgeous and so perfectly backed with the grunge!

Vickie Z said...

Those leaves are fabulous!! Love the texture!! I thought I told you to STOP with the grunge thing :)

Lynn Put said...

Amazing fall card Wanda! Love the embossed leaves and your whole design!

Lori said...

Fabulous fall card, Wanda! Those embossed leaves are amazing.