Red Dragonfly in Autumn by Holly Brown

Red dragonflies signal the coming of autumn - by Holly Brown

Have you seen a red dragonfly?  It’s Holly posting today, and I love this quote from Art Neko.  I have not seen any red dragonflies here, but at least I can create my own with stamps and ink.  I started by cutting a sheet of cream cardstock slightly smaller than an A2 card size (5.5″ by 4.25″).  I then masked off a small strip by sticking some Post-it Notes down on the top and middle of the cream cardstock.  Once my area was masked off, I started sponging some inks onto the little strip of exposed cream cardstock.

I started by sponging some mustard ink in the center, and then I added some rusty orange ink to the left side.  I ended with some cherry red ink on the edge next to the orange ink.  Going back to the right side of the mustard ink, I sponged some moss green ink and then some denim blue ink.  It’s so fun to see the progression of the colors merging into each other.  I deliberately chose darker hues for these rainbow colors to reflect the feel of autumn.

After the autumn rainbow strip was done, I pulled off all the Post-it Notes.  I stamped the sentiment from Art Neko below the rainbow strip with a black ink.  The three dragonflies were stamped with a cherry red ink.  All three of these dragonfly stamps are found on the Dragonflies Galore and More sheet.  I love the different sizes of these dragonflies.  Look how I was able to stamp the smallest one next to the sentiment.

After all my sponging and stamping was done, I adhered the piece to a cherry red card base.  It looks like there are more layers on this card, but it is just the red card base and the cream cardstock.  Masking does wonders for fooling the eye.

I hope you have a wonderful week!





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5 Responses to Red Dragonfly in Autumn by Holly Brown

  1. Sabrina F September 13, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Holly, this is beautiful. I love the way the dragonflies are stamped over the strip of glorious colour. And yes, I do believe I have seen a red dragonfly – in Greece , and in the summer. That sentiment is great, though…I’m imagining red leaves as dragonflies.

  2. 4hetty September 14, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Beautiful Autumn card, Holly. The colors the sentiment, great.
    Love this technique.

  3. CM Taylor September 16, 2016 at 6:19 am #

    Wonderful! The red dragon flies are here in the desert! I love the simplicity of the card and the elegant finish. It looks like you had several layers but the eye can be deceived and this turned out perfect. Your colors are wonderful for the portrayal of the fall season.

  4. Shirley Qu-wannabecre8tive September 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    Holly, this is awesome. I love the sponging of all the autumn colors and the pretty red dragonflies.

  5. chrissyd723 September 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    Girl – Love the design on this. TO me – this is CAS! LOL Beautiful color scheme. xoxo

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