Thursday, October 5, 2017

Seasons


What do you love about Autumn? For me it's the golden afternoon light and the quick snap cold of night; to me, autumn is like a haiku-- arresting in its brevity, abundant and emptying, a yearning for the long days, and a leaning in toward acceptance-- autumn is paradox, all.  And as a writer, it may be the most inspired season, if not necessarily my favorite.

For this month's card, I was merely guided by instinct, without a plan, so it was a lovely surprise to see what developed.  Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf took center stage, stamped in Distress Oxide inks and Intense Black, then layered with vellum.


The sentiment from the same set was stamped in copper and heat embossed on the vellum cut from Gina Marie's Cross-stitch rectangle die. This copper embossing may have just rocked my world.  I never really thought much about using copper in my work; however, I am designing the table numbers and seating charts for my brother's upcoming wedding, and the featured colors are copper, navy and burgundy, so I have been working with it quite a bit, which really is perfect for autumn as it calls to mind that afternoon light I love so much.


Both the inside and the wrapper feature copper as well.



I'll leave you with a poem by one of my favorites.  Wishing you an inspired season!


Beginning

The moon drops one or two feathers into the field.   
The dark wheat listens. 
Be still. 
Now. 
There they are, the moon's young, trying 
Their wings. 
Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow 
Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone 
Wholly, into the air. 
I stand alone by an elder tree, I do not dare breathe 
Or move. 
I listen. 
The wheat leans back toward its own darkness, 
And I lean toward mine.

James Wright, “Beginning” from
 Above the River: The Complete Poems and Selected Prose.Copyright © 1990 by James Wright. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.
Other supplies: Poppystamps Thicket Wreath
Neat and Tangled company exclusive Envelope Die

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness !! This is a fantastic card !! This wreath is soooo gorgeous !

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  2. Delicious texture - and the perfect slip of vellum softens the black beautifully ... I LOve the copper - whose do you use? xx
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    1. Michelle! Thank you-- it's the Ranger Superfine Copper and I have to say it is perfect in terms of application-- the super fine is often very good-- this seems like some of the best I've used!!

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