I wanted to keep it simple and focus attention on the leaf and owl. What better way than to use a base of Whisper White, especially the nice heavy weight that is now available. My next layer is Tip Top Taupe which I first embossed using the Boho Chic embossing folder. My next layer of Whisper White is the lighter weight and I kept it plain so that it wouldn't fight for attention. I used the 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon for exactly that reason as well: it looks great and satisfies the sketch but doesn't call a lot of attention to itself.
What I wanted all the attention on, of course, is the maple leaf, cut using the Leaflets framelits die, and the little fussy-cut owl. My leaf is cut from the script-printed Delightful Dijon In-Color Designer Series paper stack and is sponged with the same Delightful Dijon around its perimeter. My owl, which I hand-carved using the retired Undefined carving kit, was stamped using the Basic Grey Archival ink and then coloured using my Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso and Basic Grey Stampin' Markers. I attached it to the card with Dimensionals, making it appear as if it's perched on the stem of the leaf. I love that little owl!
I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at our Watercooler Wednesday challenge site.
I've also entered my card in the SUO challenge which is all about "thanks".
And finally I've entered my card in the Paper Players challenge which has a theme of Fall Thanks.