A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Autumn with Maple Leaves

Reminder time at CAS Watercolour!  How are you doing with autumn cards, specifically maple leaves?

I didn't think I had any maple leaf stamps and dies but just found the tiny maple leaf die I used on this card:

I used a leftover piece of smooshed Distress Oxide background (patting the inks on my craft sheet and spritzing with water, dabbing mixed media cs into it, and drying between layers).

Then stamped the definition of autumn on a scrap of cs and distressed the edges slightly.

I had a leftover piece of orange watercoloured cs that I'd been experimenting with ghost stamping (stamping with water with a fine-lined crackle background stamp on the solid orange watercolour wash).  I die cut the little maple leaves from that and tucked them around the definition.

And popped up the whole panel of fun foam for some dimension.

It's also a special month as it is CAS Watercolour's 3rd birthday...

 ...and to celebrate, we're offering two prizes:

$25 GC for SSS for Challenge Winner
$25 GC for SSS for one random draw of eligible entries

So it's a great month to enter!  You have until October 24th.

Because it used up so many bits and pieces, I'm taking it over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as well.

I hope all my Canadian friends had a great Thanksgiving!

Stamps - Purple Onion seasonal definitions
Ink - various brown Oxide inks for background, Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves for definition
Paper - mixed media and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - unknown little maple leaf die, fun foam, TH distressing tool


  1. Such pretty little leaves, Susan! I love the stamped definition of Autumn and the background is perfect for showing it all off!

  2. Love the leaves using your ghosted background. Adds lots of visual texture and design to your sweet leaves! So pretty on your smooshed background (isn't it great when you have some in your stash??!!). And fantastic design with adding the definition of autumn. Great card Susan! xx

  3. Great colour for your leaves from the ghosted background it give the leaf so much texture and dimension. Beautiful card :)

  4. Your miniature maple leaves are beautiful, Susan, and so perfectly nestled around the definition of autumn! I love it and I think the smooched background is gorgeous! Hugs, Darnell

  5. I love the autumnal colours and your lovely card reflects them perfectly!

  6. Love this Susan -those leaves are so sweet and such a clever idea to use the definition as you did.


    Di xx

  7. Your mini leaves with the ghosted pattern are SO pretty Susan and love the printed definition of Autumn too! Lovely, lovely Autumn card!! :0)

  8. What a wonderful CAS card with a fabulous design. Pretty mini maple leaves and a wonderful Autumnal card x.

  9. Wonderful fallish background and the definition is so cool with the leaves surrounding it.

  10. Beautiful fall CAS card, Susan! The design is fantastic. You found a perfect piece of smooshed background for the maple leaves, and I love that you placed the definition in the center. It's so unique and interesting!
    Hideko xx

  11. lovely cas mf...great used of the text paper...great idea!
    xx Karen


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