Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Walk In The Autumn Woods

Gratitude and thanks are usually on the minds of people during the beautiful season of Autumn. We have so many people to thank and blessings to count and be grateful for. I know I do...especially for all of you, and of course to my family. So when Inspiration Journal's challenge this month was to show "Gratitude and Thankfulness" by giving a gift to our Thanksgiving guests, I knew that a packaged ATC containing my kids school photos this year,  was what I would give to my table mates, or rather my mother and brothers, but I needed a theme. So further inspiration was taken from the All Things Tim Yahoo Group, where the ATC challenge this month is "A Walk In The Woods", and we are to use colors from the forest floor. BAM! I knew my ATC would be a scene from that walk, an Autumn scene...one with warm rich color, and why not throw in a waterfall and a turkey too! ;-)
I also created a tag as well to give to a blogging friend I am swapping with. And, so the rest of you aren't left out, I included the steps for making the layered scene using lots of Ranger goodness.
I don't remember where I purchased this paper from, but I thought the Argyle print and colors would be okay showing through the scene. I painted a little more than half with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Pool.
I applied Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, and Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Inks onto a felt cover applicator, and dabbed the color onto the bottom portions of the paper. The yellow and orange turned various shades of green on the blue paint...I loved the look.
Using Bottle and Espresso Paint Dabbers and Tim's tall timber trees, I stamped the images about three times across the horizon part.
I mixed some of Claudine's Landscape Green Acrylic Paint with the Bottle to make a new lighter shade of evergreen, and used it and the Espresso to stamp the full fir tree image of Tim's below the horizon. When this was dry I mounted the cards onto chipboard to sturdy them up.
Since I am from the mountains of New Mexico, I thought my scene really needed color, so Aspen trees needed to be in here somewhere, but I didn't have a stamp for one. So I made my own using Tim's sprig of some sort of fir tree. I stamped in Snow Cap, and added a white tree trunk as well. I ran Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the trunk to make some shadow areas.
Distress Markers and Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, Citrus, and Sunshine Yellow Paint Dabbers were used to make the leaves on the trees and on the ground.
Juniper, Meadow, Lettuce, and Bottle Alcohol Inks were pounced onto Glossy Cardstock.
This was die cut using the Mini Pine Tree Movers & Shapers die. I used Espresso Alcohol Ink to recolor the lower trunk of the tree. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and affixed a tree to each card.
Using Mudd Puddles Sea Glass, Rock Candy Dry Glitter,  and paint color swatches, I tried to mimic water and a waterfall. When dried, I cut them into the shape I wanted and adhered these to the cards using Glossy Accents, which I also filled in the bare spots with.
I found these cute turkeys on Graphics Fairy. I inked the edges and then adhered them onto the cards. They were covered with Glossy Accents.
I colored these charms with Sunshine Yellow Alcohol Ink, and then cut them in half. I adhered them to the cards to mimic the sun. I edged each card with Tarnished Brass Metallic Distress Stain to finish them off.
I just love the In The Bag Die, and it's perfect for ATC's. These will house the pictures of my children along with the cards. I used it with the argyle paper. Once folded and secure, I stamped the leaf image on using the Paint Dabbers. I outlined the border and the leaf using a Vintage Photo Distress Marker, and then used Antique Bronze Distress Stickles for the veining. The whole thing was inked with Walnut Stain.
 
 
Supplies:
From My Stash: Argyle Paper, Chipboard, Turkey Image, Paint Swatches, Thank You Charm


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



45 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards Anita!!! So much detail and depth, I really love these the colors are amazing too.

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  2. oh how beautiful Anita..they are beautiful.
    hugs,
    susan s.

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  3. You are too clever, by far! These ATCs are really special; I'm sure your swappers and family will be delighted with the pics as well as the cards.

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  4. The dimension is amazing, and I love the pop of colors!

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  5. Hello Anita
    Amazingly beautiful,love the pops of colour you have going on, along with the texture and depth you have achieved; they are wonderful ATC's.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  6. These cards are awesome!! You amaze me with all of your details. Your family is sure to love them.

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  7. Анита, ну ты просто потрясаешь с каждым разом всё больше! Поздравляю! Великолепная работа! И не спится тебе по ночам? Да мне вот тоже не спиться...

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  8. So fun and colorful Anita, Its just like looking outside at all the gorgeous fall colors. Love how you did the trees too. Your family will adore them.
    hugs Lynn

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  9. Anita!!!! Wonderful work! Love colors and tree, fantastic tutorial! Your italian friend BArbarayaya

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  10. Love the tag/ATCs & we get a how to thrown in for good measure! Great way to start my Sunday

    Sally

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  11. Hi Anita. This is absolutely fabulous. I love the layers and wonderful colours. Very inspirational. Hugs Annie x

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  12. Beautiful ATC's, Anita. You always do such a fabulous job with them!

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  13. Wowzers Anita! Gorgeous vibrant autumnal colours all packed into these little ATCs, so much detail, so much dimension. They are stunning and you are so clever to pack so much gorgeousness into such a small space! Crafty hugs, Anne x

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  14. Wow it is so beautiful and magic cars. Gorgerous colours and the background is really stunning. I love all fantastic details. It is so fantastic trees. They are so beautiful that I am not be able to take my eyes off from them.
    Greetings Asia:)

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  15. Oh these are fabulous Anita. Love all the dimensional details. The veining on the border gorgeous. They are works of art. Have a wonderful Sunday. Nicola x

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  16. Ohh all those colors are amazing! Beautiful ATC's and tag! Love the different textures and dimensions! Really gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

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  17. Love these Anita. They look like fine art paintings not stamped images. Great job showing that stamping isn't just limited to an inked image on a page.

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  18. The building of layers and colors is fascinating to me and you showed how it grows to become the final piece of art. As a forever student of technique, I thank you!

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  19. These are beautiful...all the colours of a perfect fall day. Love the variety of trees and the depth you created with them. The waterfall is amazing and the turkeys are a sweet detail. What a lovely reminder to your family that you are grateful to have them in your life.

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  20. wow these are amazing!! I love all the colors and layers and textures you created!! Very lovely!!! thnx so much for sharing!!!

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  21. both the tag and atc look fabulous!

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  22. OMG...what a beautiful creation. The effect is just stunning with all these layers. Thanks sooo much for showing (:o)

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  23. So colourful and inventive Anita. Thank you for the step by step - it adds a whole new dimension to looking at these ATC's as we know where to look for different elements. Hugs, Buttons x

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  24. WOW!! You captured fall in the woods - I love it, it's absolutely stunning!

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  25. Fabulous! Just love them, so textured too. Kim

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  26. Fantastic ATCs, the look really wonderful. Great fall feeling.

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  27. WOW Anita, these are fabulous sweetie! Absolutely love your colours and all the wonderful textures and details. Chris :)

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  28. Fabulous gifts for your family at Thanksgiving... they will love them! The trees are so beautiful. Love how you made a whole forest!

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  29. These are really cool, Anita!!!!

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  30. Not sure what happened to my comment, it seemed to disappear so here goes again forgive me if you get this twice but i must say how beautiful these are. You have captured a bright crisp autumn day perfectly . Superb work and another great tutorial thankyou Anita x

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  31. Oh my word, your layers of trees are spectacular - like looking into the distance over an autumn mountainside. Fantastic step by step of so many brilliant techniques with paint, ink and paper - thank you so much for sharing it with us. Gorgeous!
    Alison x

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  32. Another great post. Love the colors and the way you created the depth. You are a very talented gal.

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  33. Is it just me or is one of the turkeys layed over on its side??? LOL..I think my eyes are playing tricks on me, but then again, you could have made a tag from a hunter's perspective. :S Anita, these ATC's are amazing with depth and what a beautiful story they each tell and holy WOW, you're gonna be famous for that waterfall! :)
    hugs,
    Lisa xx

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  34. These are so Creative and Gorgeous!!! Thanks for Playing with us at IE!

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  35. I love your ATCs! Do you by any chance have an extra you would like to trade?

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    1. Hi Jackie! I don't this time! But would love to trade another time! Do you have a blog?

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  36. What fabulous colors and layers and images! Beautiful work...ambitious work, too!

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  37. Beautiful card Anita, I know the ones you trade with will be so happy when they see them and get to touch the textures. Have a good creative day

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  38. Thid is stunning and so bright! Love it!

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  39. Gorgeous colours & design Anita, loving what you have created. x

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  40. I follow your blog religiously and dont know how I missed this, but I am glad I finally caught up to the scene thru your post 12/9. WOW, what a really creative, inspiring design. Dont know if you will get this comment almost a month later, but hope you do.

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