Don’t Leaf Us Out! by Nanyjean Tripp

The advent of Autumn is something for everyone to celebrate! Thirteen stampers created incredible scenes with colorful leaves, a “blessed” bird, a squirrel, and four dogs. One stamper added a real leaf to her artwork.

The scene shown here by Nancyjean Tripp places two young girls in the midst of autumn’s beauty. Currently living in Houston, Texas, Nancyjean says one season might look like another, but she grew up in New Jersey.
“We had four distinct seasons, and we walked to and from school loving the noise of shuffling through the fallen leaves. I was never as girly or as sedate as the little girls in this stamped image, but they seemed to me the perfect image for a scene that I think evokes childhood past.”

Nancyjean stamped and embossed the trees on glossy paper, then smudged on some Perfect Pearls to make the ground a little darker than the sky. “I used my die cutter to cut leaves from cardstock and scraps of glossy and metallic paper that I’d already blended alcohol inks on.”

She created the background with Ranger alcohol ink and glossy and metallic cardstock. “I lay the cardstock on a table and spritz alcohol on it, then I add drops of alcohol ink, usually in several hues of a single color, like several shades of blue with a couple drops of green. Then taking something that looks like a stamp, but has a velcro pad on the bottom for a piece of felt, I just smear it all around, sometimes adding more alcohol, maybe a metallic mixative, maybe a couple of drops of a different color, and play with it until I like what I have. I typically do a bunch of these at a time because it’s a messy business.”

When the background dried, Nancyjean stamped and embossed the trees. She die cut leaves on glossy and metallic papers and placed them along the bottom of the scene. The girls were stamped on cardstock, colored with Twinkling H2Os, and placed on the background with foam tape. To finish, she added a couple of her favorite accessories—brads!

“The two thick leaves on the bottom are brads as well as the yellow dots at the top. There’s no particular significance to them—I just happen to be a brad ‘ho’ and use them at every opportunity.”

Don’t Leaf Us Out! by Nanyjean Tripp
(Stamp and die credits: Trees—Stamping’ Up!; girls—Art Impressions; leaf dies—Memory Box.)