I want to start off by saying that I had every intention
of starting off this first week of November
with a Christmas card.
But try as I did, for some reason I just wasn't feeling it.
We're stocking Christmas merchandise at work,
they even started playing Christmas music yesterday,
but I just haven't quite caught the Christmas spirit.
Maybe it's because it hasn't snowed yet?
It's not unusual around here for the first snowfall to take
place in October. But we've been lucky this year, I guess.
Once it comes, it's usually here to stay through April.
Anyway, since it's been cold and windy
and there's a lot of leaf-shedding going on
this is the card I felt inspired to make.
I had planned on using my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp,
Mr. Winter Bunny, but sensing my mood and the chilly weather,
he graciously lent his scarf to Mr. Kitty instead. ;o)
In fact, I used three different Lawn Fawn sets for this card.
Critters in the 'Burbs, Winter Bunny, and Harold's ABCs.
If I had Harvest Season as well, I would have used that
to stamp the leaves. but since I didn't, I decided to fussy cut
them out of a sheet of Bella Blvd patterned paper.
I also used the same sheet to paper piece the top of my tree.
I colored the trunk, Mr. Kitty, and the scarf with Copics.
To assemble the card, I started with a cream Bazzill cardbase,
and layered over that a sheet of paper that came in a pack
from the dollar bins at target. I just loved the fall
argyle pattern. I used to have a sock obsession, and
argyle socks were my favorite. :o)
For my scene, I used a scrap of cloud paper from
American crafts, and a little strip of green tapestry
print from Cosmo Cricket's Travelin' Man collection.
I cut it into fringe for grass, then popped it up with
dimensional adhesive to give me room to slip my tree
and Mr. Kitty behind. I stamped my sentiment in
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.
I wanted my leaves to look as realistic as possible,
so I bent up their edges a little. To give them just the
right amount of height and motion, I rolled a mini glue dot
between my fingers and attached each one to the card with
that, arranging some of them under the tree, some
caught in the grass, and a few floating on the
blustery breeze alongside Mr. Kitty's scarf.
As a final touch, I did a little dash and dot doodling
across the top and bottom of the card.
I'm really happy with how this one turned out!
It took a little longer than usual to make, but I
feel like it was worth it.
I hope you like it, too!