Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This month’s blog hop is dedicated to leaves. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to change colors and fall from the trees. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the Leaves of Holly for my InKing Royal Blog Hop project.


UNSCIENTIFIC FACTOID: Did you know that holly is well-known for deterring evil spirits and witches? Yep, neither did I. It may be because of its evergreen nature. When everything else is barren and ‘dead’, the holly remains green and full of berries. The promise of spring? You may want to keep that little tidbit in your mind with Halloween coming up next month. 🤣 I may have just jumped ahead to winter. Hmmm…


Armed with that little bit of information, I decided to play with the Boughs of Holly Bundle.

Leaves of Holly Bundle

I love this combination of colors

Color Combination Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Cherry Cobbler

Now for the card …

Holly on scripty vellum background

SUPPLIES

  • STAMPS / DIES / BUNDLES
    • Leaves of Holly Bundle
  • PAPER
    • Soft Succulent:
      • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ for the card base
      • 4″ x 4″ for leaves
    • Cherry Cobbler: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum Layering Designs: 5″ x 3-3/4″
    • Basic White: 5″ x 3-3/4″ (2) – layer behind vellum and message insert
    • Evening Evergreen: scrap for sentiment
    • Thick Basic White: scrap for berries
    • I stuck in a stray fussy cut piece from retired Rings of Love DSP for the fun of it!
  • INK
    • Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler
    • VersaMark & White Embossing Powder
  • EMBELLISHMENTS / RIBBON
    • Real Red 3/8″ Mini Ruffled Ribbon: cut in the middle
    • White ribbon (I used the retired 5/8″ Flax Ribbon and separated the strands. I would also suggest using the white crinkle ribbon and looping it behind the berries.)
  • TOOLS
    • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (mini is perfect)
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer, Snips, Bone Folder (These are the basics you should always have available along with liquid glue, glue dots, and Dimensionals)
    • Stamparatus

PIECES & PARTS

Let’s get our pieces ready.

Layer the vellum on a white cardstock panel. Use Multipurpose Liquid glue. Then layer that onto the Cherry Cobbler panel.

Stamp the holly leaves with Evening Evergreen ink onto the Soft Succulent cardstock. Then die-cut the leaves. Stamp the berries with Cherry Cobbler ink. I found that stamping the darker layer first and then the berry body (stamp the ink off onto scrap paper first aka 2nd generation stamped image) works best for lining up the images.

Stamp the sentiment with Versamark onto Evening Evergreen and cut it out. Leave a good size margin on either side to that you can make it stretch across the front card panel

Adhere the pieces onto the vellum panel. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the berries. It might help to adhere the ribbon with a glue dot to ensure that they stay where you want them.

Adhere the completed panel to the card base and admire your creation.

Don’t forget to customize the message insert and the envelope.


TIPS FOR STAMPING & DIE-CUTTING MULTIPLES

Using the Stamparatus is great for lining up images and stamping multiples quickly.

  1. Select a scrap of cardstock
  2. Stamp images onto the cardstock using the Stamparatus. (DO NOT REMOVE STAMP/s)
  3. Die-cut the stamped images. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you are pleased with the result.
  4. Place the negative die-cut cardstock back in the Stamparatus. It is a good idea to mark Left and Right.
  5. Die-cut blank images from cardstock
  6. Place blank die-cut into negative die-cut cardstock in the Stamparatus.
  7. Ink the stamp and stamp your images. They should be lined up. TIP: Clean the stamp. (DO NOT REMOVE STAMPS) every 4 or 5 stamped images to keep your image clear.
  8. I like to use ink spots with my Stamparatus, You will avoid all that stray ink. 🤣 Paper Pumpkin subscription is great for ink spots and great embellishments. Check out the subscription information HERE
Line up die-cuts on Stamparatus
stamped die-cuts in a Stamparatus

And that wraps up my Leaves of Holly InKing Royal Blog Hop card

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin“>Robin Myren at Songbird Designs. There’s lots of inspiration in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

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Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide: (If you can’t see the links on your mobile device or in your email, please go to my website https://MurrayStampsINK.com.)

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  5. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  6. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  7. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  8. Jessica Atchison at Stampin with the Atchisons
  9. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  10. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp

QUICK SHOPPING LINKS

If you can’t see the links on your mobile device or in your email, please go to my website https://MurrayStampsINK.com.