You Make Me Smile's Fall Color Inspiration featuring Harvest Hellos

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my color inspiration for my You Make me Smile card featuring the Harvest Hellos Bundle.  Color drives most of our decisions and we don't even know it.  It's very important when crafting that you can find color inspiration and this is what I based this entire bi-weekly series on.  I get asked all the time where I come up with color combinations and there's inspiration out there everywhere.  It's just a matter of being observant and stopping and noticing all the beautiful colors around you.  I crated this series to help you find inspiration for your projects by sharing some of the ways I find mine.  Since tomorrow is the first day of Fall I drew inspiration from Fall leaves and harvest pumpkins.  Here's a look at my card.

Harvest Hellos: 

The Harvest Hellos Bundle includes the Harvest Hellos Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Apple Builder Punch.  The Harvest Hellos Stamp Set is an A+!  Use the apples for teacher or student gifts.  Then, like the autumn colors shifting from red to orange, the apple becomes a pumpkin with a spooky face!  The stamp set features 15 photopolymer stamps.  When matched with the Apple Builder Punch you can create beautiful die-cut apples (or pumpkins) for your projects. {* Largest punched image: 2-1/2" (6.4 cm)}  The Harvest Hello Bundle is in the Holiday Catalog on page 49.

Tips & Tricks:  

To start off my card I picked out the supplies that I knew I wanted to use.  I already knew my colors from picking my inspiration so I started out by picking the pumpkin stamp from the Harvest Hellos stamp set.  I stamped three of the pumpkins stems and larger leaves in Memento Tuxedo Black ink because I knew that I wanted to use my Stampin' Blends to color them.  To color I picked Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, and Old Olive all in light and dark tones.  I started out coloring the pumpkins in light Daffodil Delight and then brought in the darker and slowly built up the colors to Pumpkin Pie as my darkest colors.  I did the same thing with the pumpkin leaves.  Once the pumpkin was colored I punched them out with the Apple Builder Punch.  I also punched out the stem but sadly the punch doesn't cut out this leaf but does do the other leaf design in the set. Since I couldn't punch that leaf out I had to pull out the paper snips and fussy cut it out.  Which was super simple to do.  

Once I had the main focal images cut out either by punching or fussy cutting I put them all together using a little liquid glue.  Next I picked my card base.  I knew the colors I was using but had to decided which one to use for the card base.  I went with my favorite color Crumb Cake.  I cut my Crumb Cake Cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  I then cut down a piece of the Regals Designer Series Paper  to 3" x 5 1/2".  Out of the four patterns in the this pack of paper I picked the gingham pattern in Cajun Craze.  I layered the designer series paper on a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/2" and then layered that on a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock that was 3 3/4 x 5 1/2".  I placed all my layered cardstock and designer series paper onto my card base.  Once I had everything stuck down it was time to start arranging the pumpkins.  Before I started layering my pumpkins I stamped the little curly cues that you normally see on pumpkins in Early Espresso ink on the designer series paper.  Once I had that stamped down I added the pumpkins.  The two on the sides I just glued them onto the card.  The center one I placed on Stampin' Dimensionals and placed on the center.  I tied a little double bow on the stem of the center pumpkin.  I stamped the sentiment on a little piece of Whisper White cardstock and made a fish tail banner.  I also popped it up on dimensionals.  This finished off my card.  

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