Thursday, October 15, 2020

Autumn Pointillism - Stampin' Up! Arrange a Wreath

   I'm joining 2 challenges again today with my card.  The Global Design Project has a fun sketch and I couldn't resist the great fall colors of The Paper Players.  I'm trying to stock up on my Thanksgiving cards to send out to family we won't be seeing this year.

  I saw a cool card the other day with a neat dotted technique using alcohol markers and darned if I can't find it again to give it proper credit for my inspiration.  I can't remember if I saw it on Pinterest, in a challenge gallery, on Instagram or Facebook!  Clearly I should have saved it because my memory can't be trusted!  I don't even know what the technique is called but it looked like pointillism to me so that's what I'm going with.

    I started with a Whisper White thick card base, then a layer of Mossy Meadow.  I trimmed a piece of Whisper White and used a scrap paper die cut circle adhered with removable adhesive to the center to mask off the circle for the challenge layout.

  While pointillism in painting is using the dots to create the image I just used the dots to fill the background.  I used my Stampin' Blends in the challenge colors except I used Mango Melody dark since we don't have Crushed Curry Blends.  I just rotated through the light and dark colors a few times each adding more and more dots to fill in the white space.  There really isn't any order or system I just worked in a counterclockwise fashion to go all around the masked off circle.  It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would and it was kind of relaxing listening to music while doing it.  


  After the background was filled in to my satisfaction I removed the mask and then started adding the other elements.  The leaves are in the challenge colors and cut out and arranged on the edge of the circle with a linen thread bow.

  The sentiment is embossed in white onto Mossy Meadow cardstock and popped with dimensionals.

  I'm looking forward to trying this technique in some different ways.

  Thanks for looking! Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Arrange a Wreath, Banner Year

Ink: Versamark, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Cinnamon Cider

Blends: Mossy Meadow light & dark, Cajun Craze light & dark, Cinnamon Cider light & dark, Mango Melody dark

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Cinnamon Cider

Accessories: Circle die, white embossing powder, Wreath Builder dies, dimensionals, linen thread


  1. Your dotted technique using alcohol markers really accent the Fall leaves. Superb!

  2. This is so very cute! Love all the dots and the cute leaves!!

  3. oh wow that's really cool! I'll have to have a go at that one day, and I'm sure like you I'll have completely forgotten where I saw it by then! lol

  4. WOW! I have an even greater admiration for your card-making abilities! Pointillism would not be something I would have even thought of, let alone have the patience to do! It's AWESOME! Such a cool background you created! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Players this week!

  5. Wow, Amanda! What a superb example of pointillism...and a great way to showcase the challenge colors! Thank you for playing in my challenge this week at The Paper Players!

  6. Wow Amanda, your background looks amazing! What a fun idea with beautiful results. Love how you kept the rest simple with the trio of leaves and sentiment banner. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Paper Players this week!

  7. What a neat idea for your background!


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