Sunday, October 27, 2013

Colors of Fall (FREE DIGI)

Lately I've been myopically focused on Christmas, getting the prototypes designed for my mass card making project early next month.  Seems like I'm living on Pinterest these days!  But we are still having a gorgeous fall here in Missouri and I don't want to be so caught up in getting ready for Christmas that I skip a whole season!  That's one reason I LOVE this week's challenge at Just Us Girls.  

I love this photo challenge because of the vibrant colors showcased here.  Beautiful tablescapes like this one fascinate me.  It makes such a difference to guests to know you cared enough to set a warm and welcoming ambiance for them.  Look at the photo closeup.

Isn't it striking?  An abundance of warmth and beauty.  When thinking of a way to capture the highlights of the photo into a card, I immediately decided on using the outline version of my set, Bushel and a Peck, so I could use Copic markers to replicate the vivid colors portrayed. 

The tablescape certainly brings to mind the bounty of harvest season.  I chose the tipped basket with fall harvest images to depict abundance and blessing.  While I love the expedience of pre-colored digi images, it was so fun to leisurely color again with my Copics.  I forget how much I love doing therapeutic it is for me.  

I printed off the image and sentiment on Naturals Ivory cardstock (SU).  Some people report having trouble with Copics on this paper medium, but I love the way it takes the color.  It blends colors so well, but you do have to have a very light touch and color just inside the lines so the color remains with the boundaries even when it spreads.  

One of my favorite things to pair up is SUs rhinestones (they are so sparkly) and my Copic markers.  I just brush whatever color I need right over the rhinestone.  The brilliance shines right through the color.  Instant rhinestones in any color you want.  

I chose a sentiment from one of our newest sets at Daydream Designs.  Karen Murray's beautifully scripted sets make gorgeous additions to cards or can be amazing in frames as artwork all by themselves.  Her Friendship set, is fantastic.   I used a spellbinder set of label dies to border the image piece, and used distressed ink (Tim Holtz) on everything.  

So there you have submission for this week's photo challenge at Just Us Girls.  And may I be bold enough to give myself a shout-out; I was so honored to win their award for Chick of the Week for last week's color challenge.  You can see that presentation on their site HERE.  I'd encourage you to join in the fun of their weekly challenges.  Each week they focus on a different challenge element.  Those are listed on my side bar.  

Sets used for this project:

5 images  / JPEG and PNG
(not shown--one "backless" basket so you can fill in your own contents)

4 color images / JPEG and PNG / 300 ppi / resizable

by Karen Murray
9 images / JPEG and PNG / 300 ppi / resizable / recolorable


Thanks for stopping in and blessing my day with you!


  1. Wonderful papers, fabulously coloured image and love the torn edge. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls.

  2. Hi Diane I love all of the lovely layers in your card and that twine too - I am so into twine lately - I won a package of 24 - with 12 different colors and I cannot seem to leave it alone - I just like running it through buttons - you did a marvelous job on your creation - TFS - enjoy your week! Gail

  3. Wonderful job with our photo inspiration over at Just Us Girls. Love the torn paper and the polka dotted paper! Thanks for playing!

  4. Love your image and what a fun background! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls. I hope you will come back and play again.


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