Saturday 22 September 2018

Autumn Trees

Good morning.
I'm here bright and early with my penultimate card as GD at JUGS.
Here's my inspiration for you for this week.

This week it is the Photo inspiration showing some wonderful autumn trees, from which I took my inspiration.

You could of course use what ever you want from this autumnal pic.

I had a trawl through my stash for inspiration and came across this tree stamp in a bag of red rubber ones I picked up at Port Sunlight a couple of years ago in a bargain bucket. They could be from Chocolate Baroque or Crafty Individuals! Anyway I chose this stand of trees and decided to use the inking with markers technique I used on my lily card here.
I chose a panel of rough watercolour paper for this as I was going to add quite a bit of water and the undulations in the paper add to the overall effect. Although an unmounted stamp, it's red rubber so I had to attach it temporarily to my MISTI with a Pritt stick before I went ahead and inked it up.

Using an assortment of autumnal coloured Zig Markers, I scribbled over the trees and then lightly spritzed them before stamping. To move the colour around more I went in with a waterbrush and blended the colour, right up to the edges.
When still damp but not wet I added yellow ochre to my stamp with a Zig, and stamped again. The colour bled slightly but retained enough definition, especially around the edges. To complete I inked up with olive green marker and repeated. For shadow and more definition in places I went in with a mid grey green brush straight onto the image, leaving gaps to give a more realistic look, to suggest foliage in front of the branches. .

My frame was cut using an MFT die and the sentiment, LOTV, was stamped with Altenew Moss ink.
The frame was popped up on fun foam over the trees before being glued to a matching square base card.

So, please check out the girls over at JUGS and join us. What in the photo will inspire you?

Joining in over at:-


My choice - Die Cuts and Watercolour


  1. Gorgeous trees sporting their colourful Autumn finery, Julie! Your technique creates lovely results both here AND on the lilies from your previous post! Love this!

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS Julie!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

  3. Such a realistic effect with those markers and the technique you've used. Such a fabulous water colour card and love the framing which draws your eyes into those amazing trees x. Thanks for adding your beautiful card to the CAS Mix Up Gallery x.

  4. A great autumn card. I also love the double-stitched frame. A great card!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor.
    BożenA DT HLS

  5. Gorgeous watercoloured trees Jules! This is picture perfect with the framing! Love the colours and the shading you did to give lots of dimension. And the texture from the watercolour paper has added so much to the overall look. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and CAS Watercolour! xx

  6. Beautiful coloring and addition of colors to your trees - really stunning!

  7. What a beautiful fall scene, Jules! Love all those autumn colored leaves and the rough watercolor paper adds wonderful texture! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  8. Jules, this is the most spectacular autumn tree card I've seen this year! I have just been sitting here staring it at! You have really captured the beauty of this time of year and using the bumpy side of the paper was brilliant!! Hugs, Darnell

  9. What a stunning autumn tree - wonderful shades of colour, great framing! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour!

  10. This is absolutely stunning! I love the effect you got on those trees. I how you framed it because it definitely deserves to be framed and displayed!

  11. Wow...A real Bobby Dazzler!! Amazing colours that I look forward to seeing in our lane in the coming months xx

  12. What a gorgeous and impressive big stand of beautiful trees here Jules! love the mix of the fall colors on the leaves - wouldn't seeing this stop you dead in your tracks if you were walking or driving by!?! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  13. Stunning creation of these trees! Really pretty.

  14. That technique worked great for these wonderful autumn trees, Julie. I love how the colors blend and the trunks are shaded.

  15. Those trees are sensational. So beautiful. Love the popped up frame. Totally stunning creation Julie.

  16. What a beautiful card! I just love that tree framed like that! Look amazing! Great job with this week's challenge.

  17. Your card is just gorgeous, Jules! I love the wonderful colours of your trees. They are beautiful and capture the true beauty of autumn. Thanks so much for joining us over at HLS Watercolour Challenge this month.


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