Fall Swap Card

Hi guys! I've been forever in updating this thing, but life is crazy!

Anyway here's one of the latest cards I've made. It's for a Fall Swap I'm in, and no I don't usually go this all out on swap cards, but I really like this group of gals and wanted to do something special!

The stamps are Autumn Harvest and A Muse. I just love them and I think they work really well together!

There are a ton of steps here, but none are really that hard. First I stamped the small gourd and then masked it, then the round pumpkin, masked it, then the tall pumpkin and then lastly the acorns. I did this on watercolor paper. I knew I was going to be getting the paper quite wet with the watercoloring, so I wanted it to be able to stand up under that torture ;)

I am forcing myself to use my WCC I bought them and I hardly use them! I do like the results, I just am more comfortable with the watercolor pencils I have. So anyway, I put down some Summer Sun on the small gourd, and both pumpkins, then I went around the pumpkins with Pumpkin Pie and then some Really Rust on the tall pumpkin only. THEN I used my aquapainter to color those areas in. I found that I got a nicer look by mixing the colors then rather than layering. After that I worked on the greens and browns. It's all a matter of working with your colors and moving then into the areas you want. You want to put down the darkest colors last.

At first I didn't have the pokey holes or the copper brads on the card, but it looked boring. So I played with an image of the card in Photoshop and add "brads" and "holes" in various places until I came up with the final result. I like playing on Photoshop rather than playing around with my actual card, in case I do something that I hate LOL. At least in Photoshop, it's just a click away to remove the ickiness :)

Are you Pink?

I guess by now you've noticed a change at Inky Dinky Doo, yup that's right I went PINK! I changed my blog to pink for October in order to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer hits very close to home for me. Last year, the day before my birthday (Nov. 15th) my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at her yearly mammogram. Her tumor was smallish, but it was just at the borderline for chemo. She had a lumpectomy and they removed the mass and the lymph node closest to the lump. Luckily the cancer had not spread into the lymph system. She and my father travel in an RV for their retirement (you'll remember the Going Places series?) and they were in PA when she was diagnosed. Being the "free spirits" that they are, they did NOT want to winter in PA, so once Mom was healed from the initial surgery they went to Florida for the winter. She ended up going through both chemo and radiation. 6 months later and she was done with all that and they are back on the road. Mom beat this thing, but only because she was very vigilant about getting her yearly mammogram.

How can you help? Well if you're made of money (or even if you're not) you can donate directly to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Other ways you can help is to purchase things that you need/want that will donate a portion of the sale to the Susan G. Foundation. What things? Well let's see I've purchased M&M's for the Cure, my next set of checks will be Breast Cancer Awareness checks, how about a Pink Kitchen Aid Mixer? Don't forget the stamps! As rubber stampers we send a lot of mail to people, so spend the little bit extra and get the Breast Cancer Awareness postage stamps! There are SO many things out there that you can purchase to help fund a cure for Breast Cancer. I don't have a lot of money, but I do try to do the little things to help make a difference. It's all about awareness, the earlier the cancer is found the better a chance the person has to beat it! Let's get the word out!

And if you have a blog, Go Pink for October!
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