Autumn in Red…

Working in watercolors is something I do often.  There are stacks of watercolor paper with my favorite color combinations and techniques.

Sometimes I’ll take a whole morning or day and just work creating panels of color and then let them dry to be used later.

And that’s exactly what happened today.  The air felt different this morning.  I know it’s still August and summer, but there is change in the air.  Which prompted me to pull out this color panel and make this autumn card for you today…

This panel had water droplets and salt added while wet.

See the interesting patterns created?

The entire front panel is raised with Adhesive Strips.

And this beautiful leaf was cut with the framelit from Seasonal Layers and the same color panel.

If you have watercolors, I hope you will be inspired to get them out and play with them.  And if you don’t, try some of these techniques with your reinkers.

Either way, here are the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feathered Together (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Watercolors (or reinker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Water color brush, salt, Strip Adhesive


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Water Color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Add sentiment at lower left corner in Archival Basic Black ink.  Then attach to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Color your water color paper panel with water to dampen, then drop colors and let them bloom and travel on your paper.  You can always add water to your brush and move the color more if you want.  While wet add clean drops of water then sprinkle with salt.  Let dry completely.
  • Decide on the size of your square and pick framelits to cut your “frame” from water color paper.  Cut square from dried color panel with largest square.  Add “frame” to color panel with multipurpose glue.  Add art piece to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Cut leaf from same color panel and add to card front over frame with mini dimensional.
  • Inside a strip from same color panel is added with multipurpose glue.

Isn’t that easy?  And this is a dramatic card in person which is always hard to capture in a photo.

Many of you know that my daughter and son-in-love are stationed in South Korea and have been there for the last 2-1/2 years.  Sweetums and I will be picking her up at the Norfolk, VA, airport this time next week!  We will be relieved to have her home and will continue to wait for SIL until the end of September.  While she says this has been a wonderful cultural experience of a lifetime, the current uncertainty with North Korea and China have ended this trip on a sour note.  Pray for all those who will remain in this chaotic state that common sense and calm reasoning will prevail.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

me too!

Stay inky…be HaPpY!




  1. Billie ~ I absolutely LOVE this card ~ thanks for sharing. AND, I live in Norfolk, near the airport!!! So, if you have time ~ I would certainly love to have you visit! Susan Elise

  2. It’s me, you’re Colorado stalker. Getting anxious about Salt Lake City–have my air fair – now just have to call in on Tuesday and get registered. Hope to see you there!

    This is a beautiful card–I can’t wait to try this. I find you so inspiring and you share your talent with everyone. Thank you so much!

    Yes–I did miss your postings but I knew you must had family fun or holiday.

    • Don’t be anxious about SLC Kathleen…you will have the best time ever. Let’s be sure to hook up!…B!

  3. Love this card and most all of your cards! Prayers for your family! I’m so glad I’ve discovered your blog and your “B-isms”. Take care!

  4. Your card is stunningly beautiful! It makes me think of my precious Mother & her love of all things red! I’ll be casing this for sure! Thank you for being so generous with your talents!

  5. Love this beautiful card, Billie. I have seen the salt technique but have never tried it. Now’s as good a time as any with your clear directions and inspiration.
    How exciting for you to be meeting your daughter next week and your SIL soon. Yes, I’ll keep them and all the others remaining in my prayers. It is a very stressful time for all. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail. Have a great day!

    • You have got to give this a try HJ. Just be sure and let it completely dry before removing the salt. Yes, we are on pins and needles here ready to bolt but having to wait…B!