Harvest Snowman

Happy Thursday!!!
I know it's still been super quiet around here even though I keep saying I'll be back...it's been hard to get things created lately.  While I have the drive to get stuff done, the ideas and inspiration just don't seem to be popping out of my head.  I've been busy!  Just not with cards to share with you...other than my design team works, because I love using images from my design teams :)

So today is the start of a new challenge at Meljen's Designs.  They have the most adorable images to use, and there is always one that works perfect for every situation!  Well our challenge is a fall photo inspiration with some super bright fall colors!  Not the typical fall colors you'd think, but still so beautiful.  I really wanted to try and match them as best I could, not sure I succeeded but I'm close :)
Even though the challenge is for bright fall colors, I figured since my family in MI received some snow this week, and we are expecting some of the white stuff over the next few days, that I'd through in a snowman on my card.

Like I said before, Meljen's Designs seems to always have the perfect image for everything, and this time is no different!  How perfect is that Harvest Snowman?  He's fall and winter together!  Love it!!

I also tried something a little different with him this time.  Since I had taken the colors from the inspiration photo (below) and did a watercolor wash for the background with them, I wanted to watercolor the snowman as well.  But trying to watercolor an image that has been printed never really works for me because my printer ink bleeds really bad with the water.  But since watercolor paper is a little thicker, I thought maybe the ink would stay wet enough after printing to be able to emboss it.

So I got all my supplies ready right on top of the printer so I could do everything as soon as the paper was spit out.  I sized up my image, stuck in my watercolor paper and printed.  It looked pretty dry when I pulled it out of the printer, which had me worried, but I poured on the clear embossing powder anyway.   And it worked!!  The whole image was coated with embossing powder!!  Ahhh...now I can paint it :)

My only tip would be to probably use black embossing powder instead of clear though...the embossing powder melts a little bit off of the printed line, so some of the paper underneath shows through the watercolor.  Maybe that wouldn't be there if it was embossed in black.

Anyhow!!  I painted up my snowman, added a piece of vellum over my watercolored background to really tone it down, cuz it was quite bright.  I embossed my simple "Thank You" sentiment and added lots of enamel dots and gems around the snowman.  Super cute!!!

So join in the fun this week with our awesome Autumn Brights color inspiration photo!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    AAA Cards-Watercolor
    Catered Crop-Gratitude
    Creative Fingers #54-Anything Goes/Layers
    Fussy and Fancy #126-Thankful
    Word Art Wednesday #157-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!! <3


  1. Love your beautiful card. Thanks for sharing at Creative Fingers, good luck and hope to see you again xx

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to link to our Word Art Wednesday challenge this week. We are always inspired by our loyal participants and are so grateful you joined us so you could share this lovely creation. Thanks so much! Blessings on your week.
    Diane Noble (DT-WAW)

  3. Oh my goodness Emily this is so CUTE and colourful...your background frames this sweet little snowman so perfectly!! Thank you for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy "Thankful" challenge!! Good luck!!!
    Take care,

  4. so gorgeous emily.i love your snowman and fab colours ;D

    xx coops xx

  5. This is SO incredibly darling, Emily. I enjoy your art SO MUCH and I'm very grateful for your sharing with us. Have a blessed week and please join us again soon.
    God bless you,
    Word Art Wednesday

    PS You're warmly welcome to also share with us at V's Sweet Ideas - Anything Goes www.vssweetideas.blogspot.com

  6. So merry and bright, Emily! Thank you for watercoloring with us at AAA Cards!

  7. Your snowman is a fall and winter fella! So cute. Nice watercoloring, too! Thanks for joining in with AAA.

  8. What a fun, autumn snowman. Neat sky behind him too. So glad you could play along at AAA Cards