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Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful stamp sets featuring trees, leaves and branches to choose from. I chose the Colorful Seasons Bundle, one of my new favorite bundles from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. This bundle is so versatile and can be used for projects all through the year.
Here in Colorado, we are preparing for the arrival of Fall. I love the warm colors that reflect the changing of the leaves as nature prepares itself for Winter. The leaves begin to change from their Summer green to warm tones of yellow, orange and red, signaling that cooler weather is here to stay.
For my first card I used the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #143708) to create the look a wood fence. I love the texture this folder creates and when I sponged the Crumb Cake cardstock with Crumb Cake Classic ink, it really brought out the detail of the wood grain. I used the large and small solid leaf dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets dies (item #143751) to cut out one large leaf and two of the smaller leaves from the Crumb Cake cardstock layer. Using the detailed Leaf die, I cut out one leaf from a scrap of Gold Foil.
To create the color for the smaller leaves, I punched out one circle of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and one circle of Pumpkin Pie using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I adhered the circles to the back side of the Crumb Cake cardstock so that the colors were visible through the die cut openings.
Next, I adhered the Crumb Cake cardstock layer to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and then inlaid the Gold Detail Leaf die cut into the large leaf opening using a little Snail adhesive to hold it in place. The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (item #143855) and I heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder. I then used the Oval Layering dies to cut out the sentiment and layered it with a scalloped oval of Chocolate Chip cardstock. I attached the sentiment to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I attached the layers to a Chocolate Chip cardstock base. For a little sparkle, I outlined the smaller leaves with Wink of Stella to help them stand out.
This card design would work well for a masculine card for the men in your life.
My second card has a slightly more summery feel to it with just a touch of Fall from the Pumpkin Pie leaves. With this card I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set (item #143726) for a watercolor look to the leaves. For the large and small Pumpkin Pie leaves, I stamped off once to give a lighter shade of orange and then stamped the detailed leaf stamp image full strength in Pumpkin Pie to give it added depth and definition. I stamped the smaller leaf stamp in Pear Pizzazz Class ink The sentiment has been embossed with Copper embossing powder for a touch of elegance.
The card base and first layer of this card are Pear Pizzazz cardstock, one of my go-to greens. I embossed the layer with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #143704) to add a some texture to the card. I punched out circles of Gold and Copper Foil with the 1 3/8" Circle punch debossed them also using the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The large Whisper White circle was die cut with the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies. I love the detail of the stitching on the circle to finish it off. This card design would be wonderful as a birthday or Thank You card.
I hope you have enjoyed the two cards I have created for you today. Now it is time to visit Lyndsay Carara and see her wonderful creations. Just click on her name or the Next image to reach her blog. If you get lost, use the Blog Hop Roll Call below to find your way.
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