So there are two issues looming large in my brain:
#1 It is 4:10 p.m. and already getting dark
#2 Full-on pre-election panic. I do not want to move to Canada where it's even colder and darker. But as Texas Daughter reminds me, we would be a shoo-in given The Captain's genealogy research. Our people in Quebec should welcome us with open arms, right?
What to do in the meantime but make something. I saw these fall leaves done by Tim Holtz . I'm not great at following directions, so I made a few changes.
He made a custom ink pad out of fall Distress Ink colors - too much for my frazzled brain, so I just swiped ink onto a craft mat, then spritzed with water. I used these colors:
Then I laid a piece of white yardstick down onto the inked craft mat. Don't swipe the paper through the ink or you'll get mud - just lay the paper down and then lift it off with no smearing. I gave the papers a quick blast with the heat gun to dry the ink.
I did follow Tim's technique of splattering with some diluted gold Distress paint. I love the fan brush for this technique - better paint dispersal learned the hard way, so now I wear an apron when using it!
Added some more interest by stamping an old script alphabet stamp randomly over the paper before cutting out the leaves.
I cut out leaf shapes with this Sizzix die.
Some areas didn't get enough color, so I used the same ink colors and blended on some more with the blending tool.