Get Ready for Fall

It might only be early August but here in Ohio we have had a cold snap. Highs in the mid 70’s and lows sometimes in the 50s over the last couple of days. Now we all know these won’t last but it’s fun to be reminded of the weather to come soon.  


My card was inspired by a card posted by Shawn de Oliveira where he did a gradient technique with embossing paste.  Here is a link to his card. I decided to make my own gradient background with fall colors of Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Crushed Curry.

  • Starting with three splats of embossing paste on a silicone mat, I added two drops of ink to each splat and mixed them with my pallet knife.  I made sure to not mix the colors.  I then spread the paste colors over the brick mask mixing them together as the transitions.
    • Since I think it is pretty much impossible to get the bricks straight on the card stock, I did trim the paper down to make them straight.  Little bit of OCD there.
  • To create the leaves I used Seasonal Layers thinlits.
    • I cut two solid leaves out of yellow DSP.  Any yellow based DSP can be used for this technique.
    • Crumple the leaves into a ball then spread it out again
    • Using ink and sponge daubers add Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso over the leaf until the colors resemble fall.  Calypso Coral makes a nice addition too.
  • The sentiment is from colorful seasons with the Stitched Framelits

Thanks for visiting today.  Hope you enjoy your own version of the second Week of August.



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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Love it, Lynn. Thanks for the shout out.

  2. Your card is beautiful, Lynn. Thanks for giving us all the details. I’m going to try this.

  3. Beautiful, Lynn. I love the embosssing paste making the colorful background. The entire design is very eye-catching. Enjoy your day.

  4. This is GORGEOUS, Lynn! I love how you painted this brick background with these colors – how smart is Shawn? Your colors are luscious, and all of the elements on this card come together beautifully.

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