Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen, Guest Designer, Stamping

Transition Your Designs from Summer to Fall with Guest Jeannie Lieu!

Join us in welcoming back the fantastic Jeannie Lieu as our August Guest Designer!

As the seasons change, so do our cards! Today, Jeannie shows us how to transition your designs from summer to fall, all with the magic of color.


When it comes to cardmaking, we carefully curate the images and sentiments we want to use but the color choice we make plays such a vital role. Color subtly shapes the mood and message of a card. 

It’s almost the end of August, and summer days will slowly transition to fall. Of course, the same applies to cardmaking supplies! Ellen Hutson’s August release features an array of nature and camping stamps, dies and hot foil items, which you can use for either summer or fall cards.

Today, I’m focusing heavily on the Nature Walk stamp set for two exact cards but through the power of color, each give a very different feeling. Let’s start with summer first!

I started this card by picking out happy, vibrant colors that lean more cool-toned! I picked out blue, green, yellow and pink, all on the bright end of the spectrum, to create my backdrop for my stamps (colors will be listed below).

I divided my cardstock into six boxes but I wanted to be a bit more free with it so I used a Copic marker swiping back and forth to create blobs and added a bit of dimension on the corners.

For my fall version of this card, I went with warm colors that were a bit more muted. I went with green, brown, orange and yellow to create the same blobs.

The set that provided the inspiration was the Essentials by Ellen’s Nature Walk stamp set. It had all these cute designs that worked perfectly for standalone pieces but also had solid stamps that could help you color in the butterfly and mushroom images. I also used some of the sentiments to stamp to fill in the space.

Of course, I pulled from some of the other new release sets to fill in additional gaps I had. The Starry Skies stamp set has larger, scripty sentiments, which I loved. I used the “Stay Wild Moon Child” but did partial masking so only “Stay Wild” could be the main focus. I also used the solid star in this set to add some tone on tone accents around the sentiment.

A notable mention is the starry image from Starry Skies stamp set. I couldn’t resist but pull that in for just some interest around the snail scene as well. It provides another way you can use that stamp instead of for stars. I did the same with the little flower from the Trippin’ stamp set for the butterfly.

For almost all stamp sets in your collection, you can change how you use them just by the colors you choose. Depending on what kind of card you’re making, a color choice can match the tone showing that these images are versatile whether you want to use it to create a summer scene or a fall scene.

Thanks for joining me today for these two cards. Hopefully, you’ll be able to incorporate your own ideas using different color palettes. I hope you’re inspired to create and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Jeannie Lieu


Jeannie’s Supply List:

Fall Card Colors: YR12, YR15, YR24, YR27, E19, E39, YG67, G99, Pinkfresh Studio mini inks (Olive [Over the Hills], Persimmon [Indian Summer], Gathered Twigs [Wild Truffles]) 

Summer Card Colors: Y08, Y17, RV55, RV66, BG45, BG49, YG05, YG17


Stay up to date with Jeannie’s projects by following her Instagram and Blog!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Greta H August 23, 2022 at 8:30 am

    These are great–love the Copic colored background! Perfect example of what a difference you can get by changing colors!

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC August 25, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Color is incredible! Jeannie’s design works so well in different palettes. Thanks for following along, Greta!

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