Color Coordinates with Shari Carroll: Fall Thanks

Welcome everyone to another edition of my Color Coordinates series. This time of year, I’m all about fall!!! I’ve come up with a combination of colors to use with the Simon Says Stamp Large Stitched Oak and Large Stitched Maple Leaf dies.

The colors I’ve come up with are Merlot (a rich red), Sparrow (a nice neutral to blend with), Coral Reef (a sweet pink/orange tone), Beanstalk Green (a mellow, warm green), and Duckling (Yellow of course!).

To start off, I traced the leaves onto some Simon Says Stamp 120# cardstock, I like this cardstock because it’s so smooth and the inks blend well. The tracing of the leaves helps me to determine areas of where to apply the inks. I used a larger Life Changing Blender Brush to apply the initial color.

Once I had the sheet colored, I die cut the leaves. I used a small brush to add darker details of color. Why color the paper first? I find the ink glides across the cardstock when it’s precoated.

I splatted some gold paint onto the leaves and background cardstock and assembled the leaves onto the card. To finish it off, I die cut the Bold Thanks from Tim Holtz Copper Metallic Kraft cardstock and added a Sentiment Strip greeting.

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  1. What a beautiful fall card! Thank yiu for sharing the tip of adding the base colors first, die cutting, and then adding the final colors last. Love the copper and gold accents.

  2. Thanks for more color coordinates inspiration from Shari! The card is beautiful, the colors gorgeous and the tip to apply a light base coat of color to any project first is the answer to perfect blending, I think!

  3. I get so excited when I receive my email saying “Color Coordinates . . .” Shari, you never disappoint! This is a beautiful card with the perfect colors! Love it!

  4. My non-artist brain would never have chosen that color combination, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Shari has such an “eye” for color and design — gorgeous card.

  5. I don’t normally find myself drawn to fall colour palettes, but I LOVE what you’ve done with this card! The ink blending is beautiful and you’ve inspired me to expand beyond my colour comfort zone this weekend. Thanks Shari!

  6. Gorgeous card! Autumn is my favorite season and it is over far too quickly. A card like this is something to hold on to through the long, cold winter that follows! A reminder of those beautiful colors that came before the stark white.

    Thank you for sharing your templates, it is much appreciated!

  7. This one’s a keeper Shari… so rich. This time of year nature really shows its wonderful palette of colors. Great job.

  8. I couldn’t have begun to pick out those colors for the fall leaves. They are perfect! Beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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