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Augustly Autumn: Nancy’s View

by: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Window With a View

Finished Card Size: 5.5” x 4.25”


Swan Scene [unknown]
Text [PSX]
Linen Closet [DCWV]
White Cardstock [Stash]
Tuxedo Black Memento [Tsukineko]
Frame Die [Cheery Lyn Design]
Double-Side Tape [MultiCraft Imports]
Heavenly Hues [DecoArt]
Copic pens [.too]
Memory pen [Marvy] 


As summer comes to an end, we notice that the fields are dried out and the grass is bleached by the sun.  The leaves start turning beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow.

  1. I began this card by selecting my stamp, die, paper and ink.  I wanted my paper to look like wallpaper with a window with a view.
  2. I stamped my scene and die cut the background and then die cut a frame with white paper and cut out around the edges.
  3. I next laid my pieces together to make sure everything would line up correctly.
  4. I began my scene by coloring the bills of the swans with Copic Maize Y35.  For the lily pads I began with the dark pea green YG63 on the left side of the pad.  I followed with the dim green on the right side, and with the lighter color, I used a circular motion to blend them together in middle.
  5. To form shadows and depth on the swans, I added cool grey C1 along her neck feathers and tail.  For the reflection in the water I used cool grey 3 as that needed to be a little darker shadow.
  6. With a small paint brush I added a thick coat of glitter paint (I never wipe it off) and let it dry.
  7. For the grassy hills I begin with the buttercup yellow Y21, in the valleys of the hills and mountains.  Then followed with Egg Shell E50, for the mountains and hills, leaving some uncolored area.  Lastly, I used the colorless blender 0, in a circular motion to even out the colors. And colored the brown cattails with a Marvy pen.
  8. I continued coloring the foliage various shades of red, orange, yellow, brown and greens.
  9. I don’t think anyone can have too many greens, and I do use a lot of different shades.  The clouds were done the same as the swans.  The sky was a combination of floral white E0000 and frost blue B00.  The water was done with a combinations of ice blue B12 and frost blue B00.  The frost blue was also added around the swan’s neck to make it stand out.
  10. I printed the text below the window and then adhered the white window frame onto the printed paper.  I centered the swan and adhered with double side tape.  I finally taped the edges of the card base and attached the window to the base.


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1 Responses »

  1. Beautiful card. Like the design and the coloring. Edna