Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fall Greetings, a Unity blog hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity blog hop from Unity Stamps!
This time the May and June GIU girls are participating in the hop. We are using the new Stamp of the Week.

I love this little pumpkin designed by Angie Blom (I'm a big fan of hers and she is the reason I love Unity. I have no idea how I found her blog a few years ago but she is the one who lead me to Unity, their kit of the month, and down the mixed media path as well. She has no idea who I am but I was delighted to get one of her stamps! Happy Birthday, Angie!)

So I started by stamping the cute pumpkin onto watercolor paper. I stamped it using a brown Distress Ink and then water-colored it in using a few orange and yellow Distress Inks.The brown ink slowly breaks down with the water to give a cool vintage effect (versus a stark black line if I used my permanent ink like I normally do). I think I learned this technique from Swarup Murthy on the Unity design team. You should definitely try it out some time.

I cut some strips of coordinating papers, added some cool textured ribbon, and placed them behind my panel. Then some twine and the sentiment on a banner and I'm done.
 It may be 90 degrees where I'm at but it sure was fun to play with this pumpkin and think of the cooler days ahead! Thanks for stopping by and here's the rest of the hopping order for you:

Amber Sheaves - you are here!!



28 comments:

ScrapYourWorld said...

Amber, I love what you did with this stamp. I must try the watercolor effect on this. Loved how it turned out. Thanks for sharing with us today!!!
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Crystal said...

Lovely watercoloring and card!

Scrappin' Diva said...

Great card and love your coloring on the pumpkins!

Dawn Fields said...

Amber, love what you did with the SOTW; beautiful card!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--I like your coloring and the strips of paper.

Angeline Choo said...

What a gorgeous card Amber. i LOVE the colors and it's just so stunning.

Iris said...

Cute card - love the pumpkins and all the papers you used.
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Miwa said...

What an extraordinary card! The pumpkin is beautifully colored and my goodness, look at all the delectable background - love the different textures!

michelegeorgern said...

This card is simply gorgeous! I love fall colors...

Donna K said...

VERY cool vintage effect. The snippet of burlap on your background brings everything together so nicely! Beautiful.

Houses Built of Cards said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the watercolor effect, and the strips of pattern paper!!!

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Mandi said...

Love this card Amber :)

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

Very nicely done... Great touches with the strips of papers & fiber

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

Very nicely done... Great touches with the strips of papers & fiber

Karen (karey2005) said...

What a sweet and adorable card. Colored so beautifully!

Amy E said...

What a gorgeous card Amber! I love hte idea of strips of paper behind the focal point! And great job on coloring with the Distress Inks...I love doing that too!

Amy E.
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Julie Odil said...

I love those water colored pumpkins! Wonderful card!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Cute cute cute Amber!!! I love the strips of paper and the add texture.

Kris B said...

Love your cute card! Your water coloring is fantastic! Great paper and color choices!

Ruby said...

Lovely card.

Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool!! :)

Ruby said...

Lovely project.TFS

nancy y said...

love those pumpkins! Great use of scraps, thanks for sharing this super card

Gaylynn said...

This is beautiful Amber. Such a nice autumn card. :)

Ruby said...

very cute

Linda said...

your card is very pretty, Great for cool weather. we been have in tx.

Life of a Caffeinated Mom said...

There are so many great little touches on this card. A serious winner.

Scrapper Myra said...

That is a great stamp image. Very cool card and coloring.