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Fall is probably my most favorite of the 4 seasons . . . the air turns crisp, I can pull on my favorite Old Navy fleece, and cozy up to a hot cup of spiced cider . . . Right now, it feels like fall is trying to come on–we’ve had rain for several days consecutively now . . .

Blending chalk inks onto Big bl to create an earth and sky backdrop to a focal image, is one my absolute favorite techniques!  Start with your lightest color of ink first–in this case Yellow Citrus, and then apply graduatingly darker colors.  I wanted the illusion of dusk coming on.  Stamping the Naked Tree (sneak peek) in a deep rich black really gave it striking contrast over the backdrop.

Sidebar:  Someone asked why I used two different types of black ink  on this design, so I thought I’d answer that here:  I had to use a quick drying dye black ink to stamp the cityscape to avoid smearing while using the stamp positioner.  But, my personal favorite go-to pigment ink for a deep intense black is Brilliance Graphite Black; it will require a quick heat setting, tho, if you’re in a hurry to move on to the next step of your project.

Some folks like Versafine, but, I never have any luck with it not smearing on me, even if I take the time to heat set it.  (insert frown)  And, I’m too dang impatient to wait overnight for it to fully dry!  Plus, I’m annoyed by the fact that it says "Instant Dry" on the packaging, when quite clearly, it does not dry instantly.  I’m extremely picky about my inks.  (insert rolling eyeballs)  *chuckle*


To finish off the concept, I decided to hand detail some tiny leaves, and "wind trails" with a Pigma Micron 005 tip (yeah, that’s tiny!)

And, by golly, I guess this makes for another great "gender-neutral" design!

I almost didn’t post this, but, I figured, mebbe those of you waiting for the Halloween 08 Release to appear on the new site (come Monday next, I do believe) would enjoy another Sneak Peek. *wink*

Isn’t the new site purdeee???  I keep drooling over it!  IT MAKES ME SO SO HAPPY I CAN HARDLY STANDS IT!!!

STAMPS:  All images (A Muse)
PAPER:  Chiffon Green 4 Bar Note Card (A Muse), Ivory Card Stock
INK:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Yellow Citrus, Tangerine, Warm Red, Olive Pastel (Clearsnap); Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
RIBBON:  French Roast Sheet (A Muse)

  1. Just beautiful… and I love the structure of the card itself as well. You didn’t comment on that but I wish you had. It is different than what we usually see and really adds to the design.

  2. This is very elegant and simple!! Well done!! Dang, I don’t think I have that bg stamp!!! I see it’s a must have now!!

  3. What a beautiful card. I love the peaceful colours that you have chosen.

  4. hi!
    i mentioned you on my blog today… hope that is ok! :)

  5. Love this. Just today I had this very Amuse tree in my greedy little hands and I put it back on the shelf!! What was I thinking!!! I went to my LSS looking for those birch trees and they were out. Both cards are gorgeous. I see another trip back to the LSS shortly!

  6. Your background is so beautiful, Julie!! I love your card, and I love fall too! You’ve captured it with this beauty!!

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