On a cool crisp day, the sun is shining and the leaves are turning the shades of sunset. Close your eyes and smell the earthy breeze. I have been cleaning up my gardens, laying down fresh mulch to keep the tender perennials protected from our winter winds. My arms and back are achy. But I still like to rock back on my heels and admire the colors. These are my colors. These are the colors that I gravitate toward in almost everything I do. They are the colors of the gorgeous autumn leaves on our neighborhood trees.
So no surprise when I made some more cards using yesterday’s baby wipe ink pad technique. Did you miss it? Check out that post here.
The Pattern Party DSP is a perfect background for an Autumn leaf cluster. You can get this pack of 48 -12″ x 12″ double-sided Designer Series Papers valued at $30 for $18 using Stampin’ Rewards. Aren’t these papers beautiful and versatile for every season and occasion? One side is a black and white print and the other a colorful print.
Stampin’ Rewards are earned on orders of $150 or more. Contact me and we can set up a Stampin’ Party for you. You can come to my house or we can do the class virtually. I have several options packages available.
It may seem odd to choose a yellow tone on tone brocade-like print for the background. But with a little ink blending to tone down the bright color it worked perfectly to show off the gorgeous autumn leaves.
So how do you make this card? Let’s get started.
MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES
- Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
- Cajun Craze Cardstock: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
- Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (DSP): 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
- Blackberry Bliss Cardstock
- Fluid 100 Watercolor paper
- Early Espresso (sentiment)
- Gorgeous Leaves
- Lovely You (sentiment)
- Intricate Leaves Dies
- INKS & MARKERS
- Reinkers: Old Olive, Merry Merlot, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie
- TerraCotta Tile ink pad
- Soft Suede ink pad
- White Craft ink pad
- OTHER SUPPLIES
- white embossing powder
- Playing with Pattern Resin Dots
- copper ribbon
- Copper mirrored dots (retired)
- Dimensionals (black mini)
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue
- Glue Dots
- Paper Trimmer, Snips
- Bone Folder
- Blending Brush
- Water Painters
- Heat Tool
- Cut & Emboss Machine (can use Mini)
CREATING THE LEAVES
- Create a baby wipe stamp pad using reinkers listed. TIP: Add dots in a triangle pattern. 3 dots per color. Make some dots larger than others.
- Press stamp into baby wipe stamp pad several times. Turn slightly each time to get a good color blend.
- Stamp image onto Fluid 100 watercolor paper.
- Die-cut leaf.
- Burnish edges with Blending Brush and Soft Suede ink pad.
- Die-cut intricate leaf from Blackberry Bliss cardstock.
CREATING THE SENTIMENT
- Stamp sentiment on Early Espresso cardstock with white craft ink, add white embossing powder, and heat emboss.
- Trim around sentiment. Leave a bit of a border to make the sentiment stand out.
- Stamp random dots from Gorgeous Leaves stamp set using the TerraCotta Tile ink pad.
- Deepen the color around the edges of the Pattern Party DSP panel using the Blending Brush and Soft Suede and/or Crushed Curry ink pads. TIP: A light touch and starting off your DSP panel will prevent a bit of the blotchy-ness.
- Layer the pattern paper panel onto the Cajun Craze panel. TIP: Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to add the layers together. You will get a little bit of wiggle time to make the border even. ONLY A LITTLE TIME, SO BE CAREFUL.
- TIP for LIQUID GLUE: A little goes a LONG way. A fellow demonstrator recently showed me how to prevent globs of glue. I transferred my Multipurpose Liquid Glue to a small bottle with a fine tip top and conveniently attached silicone cap. I am giving one fine-tip silicone glue bottle away with any order over $75 using this month’s HOST CODE. This is a game-changer bottle. I am very good at laying down a thin line but this bottle made it even better. And because the applicator is super fine, I can squeeze hard and still just get a fine line. I LOVE IT!
COMPLETE THE CARD
Complete the card by adding the layered panel to the Very Vanilla card base. Add some Playing with Pattern matte dots and some retired Copper Mirror dots. ALTERNATIVE: Die-cut some dots from Copper Foil Paper or Be Dazzling (Sale-a-bration).
Add some coordinating bling to the message insert and envelope to complete that luxury card look.
I hope that you enjoyed my Gorgeous Autumn Leaves card. And remember my offer — One fine-tip silicone glue bottle with any order over $75 using this month’s HOST CODE. This is a game-changer bottle if you have any trouble controlling the flow of your liquid glue.