Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Autumn Blaze

This card is my second entry to the current Chocolate Baroque colour challenge   The stamps used are: CB Design a Tree-Orchard, and foliage from the Thistle Butterfly and Eastern Grasses sets.  I have used Brushos to create a background: Lime Green, Burnt Sienna, Terracotta and Yellow Ochre.  I also used Burnt Sienna acrylic paint, gold embossing powder and Sable glitter.  I am very new to working with Brushos but they are so versatile and give such lovely effects that I cannot resist playing!  I started this design by creating the background panel; taking a piece of watercolour card, spritzing it with water and sprinkling with Brushos.  I let the crystals spread and do their own thing, adding a little more water here and there as needed to get the result I wanted.  I was trying to re-create a blazing Autumn sunset where the sky is a beautiful mix of reds, golds, blues and browns as dusk falls.  I wanted the tree and foliage to look brown and dormant.  When the Brushos were dry I stamped the tree image using the acrylic paint, then over stamped it in second generation paint.  I stamped the grasses and foliage using the same paint, first and second generation stampings, to create a border along the bottom of the panel and add perspective.  I added the glitter to the grasses and foliage as highlights in the sunset.  I then finished the panel by edging it with gold marker pen.  The base card is smooth terracotta cardstock.  I stamped the thistle and small grass images around the edges of the base card using Versamark ink, and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  I matted the background panel onto dark brown card and matted it onto the base card.  This is a lovely design that I think is a great 'worker' card, suitable for either male or female cards and lots of occasions.     


  1. Fabulous designs and use of Brushos in the challenge colours (they are great fun). Thanks for joining us again at Chocolate Baroque's Challenge, Shirleyxx

  2. Hi Penny, a great card design, and your Brusho background is very effective. Thanks for entering the Chocolate Baroque challenge, Judith xx

  3. Fantastic card Penny. Love the effects you have created on the background with the brushos. Thank you for playing along with the Chocolate Baroque Color Challenge. Apologies for late visit.
    Flo x

  4. Oh my word!!!! Beautiful... just stunning! Thank you playing along in Chocolate Baroque’s 7th Colour Challenge. A new colour challenge has started and I hope you’ll join us again.
    hugs, Asha