Scenic Thanksgiving Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #19

Hello crafty friends,

The Tic Tac Toe challenge board for this week has a decidedly Fall theme to it right?  It gave me the chance to play with a set of stamps that I had not used yet.  I created this scenic style card with layers of leaves tucked underneath the "picture" of a landscape with trees, falling leaves, and a small group of pumpkins in the foreground.

I went with both the bottom row across and the right column down for my design.  I snuck in the geometric shapes with little picture corners lol.  The scene was colored on white cardstock cut down to 4" W x 5"H and layered onto a 5"W x 7"H kraft card base.  I die cut some fall leaves from a bronze shimmery cardstock and layered them in between the base and the scene.   These particular dies have an embossing feature to them if you run through the die cutting machine a second time with an embossing mat instead of one of the cutting plates.

The scene was created by first stamping the pumpkins, then the trees in the background.  To give the perception of depth and distance between the pumpkins and trees, I stamped them higher up on the background and created a hilly area.  I used Copic markers to add the foliage to the trees and falling leaves in the air and on the ground by simply tapping the markers lightly and repeatedly onto the paper.  This is an easy and effective technique to add more interest.  I kept doing this until I had mostly filled in the ground area and to varying degrees the trees.  I used a lighter brown marker to fill in the remaining area for the ground.

the sky color was added by ink blending with Distress ink (not the oxide, which is very opaque) to add color without covering up the trees.  I used a light hand the closer I got to the trees and was able to blend in the sky without covering up all the prior coloring.  Masking is the foolproof method to avoid coloring when trying to avoid covering up other coloring but in this case I was able to get around it.

The pumpkins are also colored and shaded with Copic markers.  For the ground area right in front of the pumpkins I used two Distress oxides and ink blended in both brown and green being careful to avoid the pumpkins.  I added more shadow directly underneath the pumpkins with a Copic marker.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Nuvo hot chocolate powder.  This is one of my new favorite supplies, especially with all the Fall projects I'm working on.

Supplies used:
Pumpkin stamps: Stampabilities wood block stamps purchased from Hobby Lobby - one is called Pumpkin trio and the other is Pumpkin 03 (single)
Copics used: YR15, YR07, R14, E33, E25 except the green is a Spectrum Noir DG2
Distress Ink: Sky blue
Distress Oxide:  peeled paint and vintage photo
Other stamps:  Inkadinkadoo "Trees" and Hero Arts "Celebrate Everyday" set for the sentiment.
Embossing Powder:  Nuvo hot chocolate
Other ink: Versamark
Dies:  Cricut Cuttlebug Seasonal Foliage Cut & Emboss Die set
Paper:  Kraft 110 lb cardstock, white 80 lb cardstock, Bronze metallic/shimmer cardstock 

Now it's your turn to play along with us - be sure to get your take on this week's board in by noon Central on Tuesday, October 17th for a chance to be one of our design team picks and get the badge of honor to place on your blog (or wherever you post your project photos).

Thanks for stopping by!


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