September Challenge at JDS – DT Post

Its the first Monday of the month and that means there’s a new challenge at Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge! There is the hint of fall in the air here in GA and it motivated me to use this gorgeous image from the Signs of Autumn set. The whole set is beautiful, but I wanted to showcase this one image. I love that Jan’s sets come with the images in both color and b/w, and with so many sentiments to choose from. Here is everything included in the set:

I enlarged the image to take up most of an A2 card front and added a sentiment that I thought fit the rest of the space without looking crowded. The pre-colored version is pretty but I was dying to color this myself, so I broke out my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. Unlike the New England states, we don’t get a whole lot of the bright red leaves… some, but our fall leaves lean more yellow, orange, maroon and deep purple. I tried my best with my limited color mixing skills to depict the colors in my mind’s eye.

After coloring, I used Gamsol with paper stumps to smooth and blend the coloring. To ground the image, I added light coloring below the images, knowing that the Gamsol would not smooth the coloring out. Instead, I was shooting for the look of woodgrain without getting to fussy about trying to draw it. I’m not sure I achieved that, but I am content with the results. After coloring, I trimmed the panel down to be narrower than an A2 card. Now, here is where you are going to have to trust me! I swear the paper used for the card front behind the image is the exact same purple as the leaves, but no matter what I did, it appears black in photos. The gems are an olive green to match the green leaves but again, they appear black in the photos. So frustrating!!! I recently changed the light bulbs in my craft room and the new daylight bulbs make crafting so much easier as I can see true colors and everything looks sharper… except the photos!!! I’ll keep playing with the settings on my camera and try adding more lights to the room. In the meantime, imagine a perfectly coordinated color combo! 😉

If you haven’t already, pop into Jan’s Digi Stamps shop to see the latest releases for September. I’ll be back mid-month with a card using a September set. Also, head to the Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge to see what my talented team mates made for you to oooh and aaah over! And remember to post your own creations to the challenge… we’re truly an Anything Goes challenge… no digi stamps needed! Show us whatever you’ve made this month… cards, layouts, 3D art, painting, clay creation, sewing, crochet, knitting, even baking! You name it! You can enter up to 5 times, so keep coming back to submit your projects and enter to win free images from Jan’s Digi Stamps. Full rules are on the challenge site under Challenge Guidelines. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making!!!

ETA: 9/20/20 This card was selected as one of the DT Top 3 by Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!


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19 comments on “September Challenge at JDS – DT Post

  1. Karen a beautifully coloured card, love the Autum foliage. Thanks for joining in this month at the Happy Craft Challenge. Design Team Member Maureen


  2. Absolutely gorgeous….love those leaves! Thank you so much for taking the time to play along with us at Time Out!


  3. Beautiful card and coloring! No hint of fall here in hot California. I sure can’t wait until the trees here change colors. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug/Stella Says Sketch. Bonnie GDT


  4. So beautiful card, Karen! Love the colors you chose for the leaves!


  5. Wow your coloring is amazing! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator


  6. Wow, what a beautiful image! I love your coloring and the color scheme of this. Very pretty! Thank you for joining us at Time Out!


  7. Fabulous colouring could never manage pencil shading but this is great thanks for sharing at crafty catz this week good luck


  8. Love this! Thanks for joining us at Bugaboo ~ Catch the bug challengeblog. Hope to see you again next time.
    DT Ine http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/


  9. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx


  10. Beautiful colors. I ove your card. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}


  11. A beautiful card and a wonderful colouring.
    Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.
    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge


  12. Gorgeous image and lovely work on the coloring. I haven’t used my Gamsol and Colored Pencils in a long time and you’ve inspired me to break it out on some Autumn cards! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenges and best of luck in the draw! Donna, DT


  13. Karen, Exhilarating color combination! Thank you for showcasing my “Signs of Autumn” and sharing it with us! Inspirational!


  14. Hi Karen, this is not only a note, this a a fantastic and lovely note. Your leafs and colours are fantastic.

    Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge


  15. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at “https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/”we really appreciate you joining in.
    greetings DTmember Monique supersssssssssss


  16. Karen this is so lovely. I love this image and have used it myself recently. It is lovely to colour in different shades. It is interesting that you said you don’t get many red trees/leaves. I live in the UK and just automatically assumed that our autumn colours is the same as yours. I have just had some proper pencils for my birthday which I need to really practice with. Your colouring looks amazing and something for me to aspire to.

    Thank you very much for your lovely card and entering it into our challenge. Good luck with the prize draw.

    Stay healthy, happy, keep crafting and Creating Joy 🙂

    Mandy ♥

    DT for The Paper Funday Challenges>

    Made By Mandy – My personal Blog


    • Here in the US, our New England states get the best fall colors. I think its partially because of the native tree varieties but also they tend to have a shorter summer. I live in an area at the foothills of small mountains, and our leaf colors are heavily influenced on how rainy our summer season was. If too wet, the leaves just brown. As in all other things, 2020 has been wacky so our spring was unusually wet and the summer dry, so we’re getting more color than usual. I hope just once to be in New England in the fall to witness the colors they rave about but I wouldn’t want to live there and deal with the blizzards they complain about!!! LOL Georgia has the perfect blend of seasons where none get too intense. I used to live in Florida where the entire year is either hot or miserably hot so experiencing seasons has felt like a blessing! Break out those pencils!!! Thanks for the sweet comment!


  17. Wonderful creation!
    Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations Challenge.


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