Autumn in New York
Autumn means different things to different people, but for those of us who grew up in the northeastern United States, I think the beautiful foliage has to be pretty high on the list of fall delights.
I was excited the last time I was at The Ink Pad to see a whole section of Eyelet Outlet Brads, and I confess it was the Leaf Brads that inspired my card. The packs each have several shapes and colors, including some Beech leaves that are a beautiful bright green... which... in this case, didn't quite work for me. But a few swipes of a nice dark red alcohol ink marker easily fixed that!
One of my favorite uses for gel printing "accidents" that don't come out perfectly is to treat them as patterned paper; though of course this idea would work with actual patterned paper, plain cardstock, book paper, colorful magazine pages... anything you like, really. I chose a bold yellow print for the background, and a somewhat messy red and orange print for the buildings. I traced around a portion of one of Michelle Ward's NYC Skyline Stencil and Masks (there's also a stamp of this design!) with a Pitt Artist Pen, filled in the details, then cut the whole thing out with scissors and inked the edges with Archival Ink so it would really stand out.
I wanted the leaves to look like they were blowing across the card, so I started at the top and set some of them in the background and some against the buildings; making sure to vary the positions and angles. I used my trusty old-school label maker for the sentiment, layered the whole thing on some Idea-ology Metallic Cardstock and finally affixed it to my kraft A2 card.
Remember The Ink Pad's New York shop is located in lovely Greenwich Village, on 7th Avenue, near the corner of 13th Street; but The Ink Pad's Online Store is always just a click away!
loves autumn in New York
and also in New Jersey!