Last week, our forecast had been for an extended ‘heat wave’ – temperatures in the high 20’s low 30’s (Celsius, that is). However, due to the tragic fires currently raging south of us in Washington State, Oregon & California, we are under a blanket of smoke. While this is not good for us, it’s certainly worse for those down south. My heart goes out to anyone in the effected areas – I hope that you are safe, and well! I’ve been checking on my friends there, and so far, so good (knock wood!). As a result, sweater weather has arrived a bit earlier than expected for us.
I LOVE FALL THE BEST
I do love fall, and it’s riot of jewel colours! Those colours haven’t happened quite yet, though the birds are enjoying the berries on our trees. For today’s card, I’m using a mix of various stamp sets & dies. Recently, one of my Scrap ‘N Stamp design team members, Laurie, was doing a ‘de-stash’ clean up at her house. I was one of the lucky recipients of some of her stamps and dies!! So thank you again, Laurie – I’m having fun with these new-to-me stamps 🙂 (Click on Laurie’s name, above, to check out her amazing blog).
It was fun die cutting & arranging this bouquet of leaves!
To start, create the background. In your MISTI or other stamp platform, place a piece of white cardstock and the Impression Obsession Gingham background stamp. Ink up the stamp with Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon ink, and stamp firmly. I didn’t worry about areas that weren’t ‘perfect’, as gingham often has threads pulled, or worn threads. Set this aside for now, while you work on the leaves.
Use the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves stamp set, and stamp the base for one of the tall leaves. Next, use the coordinating dies and die cut the detail layers for that leaf, plus the 2 other leaves. Use a variety of fall coloured cardstock – I pulled from my stash. For the 2 swirl leaves, these are die cut with the Catherine Pooler Fallen Leaves Dies. Stamp the sentiment from the Layering Leaves stamp set in Versamark ink onto white cardstock. Cover with Letter It Cranberry embossing powder, and heat set. Die cut the sentiment with a stitched oval die.
Use blending brushes to add some ink around the edges of the leaves, sentiment and the gingham stamped background. I chose to use the Gina K. Designs Autumn Collection Ink Cubes in Sweet Corn, Tomato Soup and Honey Mustard. Now, layer your leaf bouquet onto the bottom left corner of the gingham background, and then attach the sentiment on top, with foam squares or tape. Attach the card front to a gold/mustard card base. Finally, add some Wendy Vecchi Liquid Pearls in Sunflower onto the sentiment oval, and upper right hand corner of the card front. Note – do this AFTER you’ve attached the card front, not before, like I did – and then smudged the wet liquid pearls!
This card layout makes me think of leaves, fallen onto a picnic blanket. Well, leaves are better than ants, I guess! What’s your favourite season?
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