Hello Bee crafters. It’s Bobbi Lemanski here sharing a creative way to color your fall leaves and projects. A few weeks ago, I shared that I prefer to use watercolors when creating replicas of nature’s beauties like flowers and leaves (See the “Mum’s the Word” post here). Watercolors create more organic, imperfect looks with a wide variation of color tones. It’s more realistic looking and mimics nature beautifully. For my two autumn projects today, I’m using the following Honey Bee Stamps products:
The featured project card base below is made from Neenah 80lb Solar White cardstock. I used watercolor paper for the front panel. All of the black ink stamping was done using Honey Bee’s Bee Creative Intense Black Ink. I use Honey Bee Stamps Bee Creative Precision Glue for adhering my elements together. My card is 5″ X 7″ in size.
Fall Rattan Basket
I created this three-dimensional basket of leaves for fall. I think these could be a cute next to each place setting as place cards or menu buffet cards on a Thanksgiving table or buffet. The basket could also serve as a lovely parting gift with a sweet treat attached, too. Without the stand in the back, this basket could also be added to the front of a card for a beautiful fall greeting or thanksgiving dinner invitation.
To make this arrangement, I started by making many leaves, lotus pods and cattails using the Lovely Layers Fall Foliage Honey Cuts dies. Using Canson XL Watercolor Paper (Cold Press), I die cut the leaves from the dry paper first, then painted them with watercolor paint. I always finish with a speckle of black paint and some white paint, too. Here’s a quick reel showing the process I use.
For the rattan basket, I die cut the the pieces from two colors of brown and tan cardstock. Using my blender brushes, I added Distress Oxide Ink in Ground Espresso around the edges of both of them. I also enhanced some of the basket detailing using Copic Markers in E47 and E49. I attached the two basket pieces together at the bottom and sides of the basket using black foam tabs, making sure to keep the top open to tuck in my leaves.
I added in the leaves, a hemp twine bow, and a stand at the back. For the stand, I cut a 8″ long X 1-1/2″ tall strip of dark cardstock and scored it into thirds with a 1/2″ overlap tab at one end. I folded it, creating a simple tripod with 2-1/2″ sides. I attached to the back of the basket. The fall basket now stands up! 🙂
A guest name can be added by simply attaching a place card to the bow or tucking inside the bouquet of leaves. I made my name tag 2-3/4″ wide by 1″ tall. I added a copper metallic border and another water-colored leaf to the card to make it just a little more special and fancy for the table!
Fall Leaves and Burlap Card
I have lots of leaves to use so I made this autumn-inspired 5″ X 7″ card. To make the card, I did a watercolor wash for the front panel background. I die cut the burlap from a light ivory cardstock and blended Distress Oxide Ink in Old Paper around the edges, using my blender brush.
Inside the card, I stamped a phrase from the lovely stamp set, Fall For You stamp set on a light gray cardstock using Bee Creative Intense Black Ink. I also stamped two leaves from the Hello Fall stamp set. Using a fine-tip black marker, I added some black “specks” around the leaves to finish the inside.
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