Beautiful Autumn Color Combo for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Happy Monday morning friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  The weather has actually been really beautiful this past week and it was wonderful to get outside and look at the pretty colors of the trees changing around us.  I know that it won’t last long and the temperature will begin to really drop soon…so always need to enjoy it while it’s still here!


Today begins a brand new challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations} and there is a beautiful color palette to inspire your creativity to play along with us!  We’d love to see the colors:  Red, Orange and Yellow on your creations this time and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s what I’ve come up with for this week’s inspiration:

I fell in love with these cool dies that were included in a past card kit and thought they would be perfect to use for pairing with some blended inks in a background!

I started with a watercolor panel and used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Crackling Campfire and Fired Brick Oxide Inks to blend over it.  I spritzed over it with water to form the droplet watermarks and once dried, I splattered the panel with both gold and black acrylic paint using a fan brush.  Once this panel was finished drying, I put each leaf die cut down to cover my panel and die cut it, but left them in place.  While leaving the leaves in place, I used the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die and cut out the panel with it.

I wanted the leaves to stand out a bit more in the background, so I die cut each of the leaves about 3 times each with black cardstock and layered them together with the ink blended ones on top.

I took the sentiment from the Autumn Bundles stamp set and heat embossed it over a strip of black cardstock with some Gilded EP.  Once I cut down the strip, I ran it through the die cut machine to get the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die marks along the edges.  I mounted this panel over a gold mirror cardstock and then over an A2 sized top folding black card base.  Lastly, I added some gold sequins that were included in the Inspiration Box and filled them with some gold Stickles in the centers. 

Here’s a closer view of the leaves and you can see the pretty embossed pattern in the leaves.

Really like how this turned out and I hope you did too!  Be sure to take a look over on the {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge Blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and join us for this fun color combo!

Thanks for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!


  1.  Love to Scrap – LTSCB139 Anything Goes November
  2. Dream Valley – #236 Dies and/or Punches
  3. Arty Divas – #31 Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations – #415 Anything Goes
  5. The Paper Funday – #23 Anything Goes optional: Thankful

29 thoughts on “Beautiful Autumn Color Combo for {Cupcake Inspirations}

  1. Wow! Amazing and such a beautiful card, Shawana! I love deep fall colors and how the leaves pop above the surface of the card.


  2. Beautiful ink blending and colours Vicki, those leaves are gorgeous and the black layers make them pop right off your card, you can see the shadow and dimension..beautiful those splatters too, a card like this is not finished till we splatter..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  3. WOW Vicki what a stunning fall card!! I love the rich colors and fabulous layered leaves, gorgeous design, a very beautiful card my friend!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all those warm autumn colors blended together and spattered with black & gold! I love how you blended the die-cut leaves into the background – what a beautiful design! Fabulous fall card!


  5. Simply Stunning card and so clever how you kept the die cuts in place to get the wonky stitching on them also. Thanks for sharing your beautiful make with us at The Paper Funday Challenges. Donna, DT


  6. Beautiful!! So glad you pointed out the paint splatters, love that look. All the techniques here are perfect together. I so want to try out the die cut technique.


  7. I love the effect you’ve achived here with clever inlaid die cutting and additional layers. Gorgeous!


  8. VICKI! I fell in love with this when it popped up on Instagram and WOW, to see it here is a joy all over again! This is so incredible beautifully and just exemplifies fall! Superb! Hugs!


  9. Wow I am loving this card Vicki. It is so striking, unique and absolutely beautiful. The colours are fabulous and I love those hidden/popped up die cut leaves x.


  10. Beautiful colors ink blended – and great job with the ink blending as well. Love the autumn leaves die cut – and then the wonky rectangle – I think I have the wonky circles. Great job on this color challenge.


  11. Beautiful rich autumn colors and love the dimension you’ve created! So glad you joined us for our ATG Challenge at Arty Divas and I hope to see you again!

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