Thursday, October 4, 2012

Festively Fall!

The air is crisp and cool, the days are shorter, and the trees are turning colors, fall has arrived! So the Dreamweaver Stencils design team has been given the challenge of creating "Festively Fall!" cards during the month of October.
In our area,  fall means lots of outdoor festivals celebrating the season. In Geneva, IL the big event of  the season is called Festival of the Vine. Lots of sidewalk sales, lots of great food, a craft sale showcasing many really talented artists, and, of course, lots of wine tasting! This year the weather was absolutely glorious which made it even better. So what better way to kick off our challenge for the month than to create a card inspired by this great festival. Here's what I came up with this week:
LL519 - Grape Wreath

Doesn't it just make you think of all the grapes being harvested right now for those new batches of wine? I think this would make a great "hostess gift" card to be given with a nice bottle of wine for all the upcoming holiday events (they'll be here before we know it!). It is really a pretty simple card, here's how you do it:
  • Tape the Grape wreath stencil to a piece of very light green cardstock with removable tape
  • Use small stencil brushes to add color to the design, using the Picasso (LL332) to help keep the color where you want it, I used Distress Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves on the grapes, Distress Peeled Paint & Forest Moss on the leaves, and Distress Gathered twigs on the vine
  • Use an edge of the Picasso and Forest Moss ink to help create the veins in the leaves
  • Remove the stencil and brush color along the edges using the ink left in the brushes
  • Next stencil the design several times around a larger piece of light green cardstock (I used TH Distress Shabby Shutters by coredinations)
  • Brush some color around the edges of a piece of cream cardstock
  • Layer the single Grape wreath onto dark purple cardstock and put foam tape on the back, set aside
  • Layer the stenciled Shabby Shutters piece on the distressed cream piece
  • Add a matching ribbon
  • Attach that to a larger piece of Shabby Shutters for the front of the card
  • Add the Grape wreath with the foam tape
  • I also added a little clear glitter pen to the grapes and leaf veins for just a bit of sparkle
Another great stencil along this same line is LL568 Grape cluster. Here is a picture of a class I did a while back using it:
LL568 Grape cluster
Leafing, Black Matte w/FX, and Translucent w/ acrylic paint
I hope you've enjoyed this week's creation. Don't forget that you can join our challenge by posting a link on the DREAM it UP! blog using the Mr. Linky tool, or by emailing a picture of your creation to and she will post it for you. Two winners are selected each month and this month, if you win, you get to choose whatever stencil you would like! Be sure to stop over at the rest of team blogs to see what festively fall creations they have come up with this week!

Happy Creating,


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This is such a beautiful card Louise! It does remind me of a vintage wine label and like you said would be a great gift card to accompany a gift of wine. your grape cluster stenciling too, all of these would be good harvest themes.

sommrstamping said...

I love your card Louise, the grape harvest is big this time of year in the area I live in too. but I'm wishing we were having some of your cool crisp mornings. I'm sitting at my desk with the window wide open hoping for a little breeze. Love the colors you used with this card, it has a beautiful vintage feel to it.

JD/ Jill said...

Lovely nicely done, The purple bow is just the right finishing touch!

Pam Hornschu said...

Just coming home from touring the wine country of the Central Coast, and am loving your grape harvest theme. So beautiful, Louise! Love all the variations!