I am always so excited when Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog. I tend to use new products in every project, because who doesn’t want to use new stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments? But there are so many great stamps and embellishments that I’ve been neglecting because they aren’t “new” any more. So I decided to pull out an older set to play with.
Mike & I had a short road trip the other day, and the leaves in the Shenandoah Valley are just beautiful. We still have some green, of course, but there are also red and yellow and orange and russet leaves on the trees. They’re gorgeous. It’s like a colorful shawl draped over the trees. One year, the peach trees on the way to my parents’ house were so orange and yellow it looked like the orchard was on fire. It was breathtaking and beautiful.
To celebrate my favorite season and the gorgeousness that is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I made this.
I used Sheltering Tree for this card. (Susan and Jackie – I do have a bike! I forgot about this one.) Several years ago at a Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference, Andrea Withers, one of the presenters, showed the different types of stamps we have and demonstrated some ideas to help customers be more successful with their stamping. When she stamped the leaves for the Sheltering Tree, she put the stamp on the block face down. Of course, everyone gasped when they realized what she had done – but then we all went, “Wow!” Photopolymer stamps give you a really fun background shape if you put them on with the back side up. It increases their versatility a lot.
This tree is very staightforward. I stamped the trunk and branches in Early Espresso, then added the “wrong side” of the leaves in Crushed Curry. After I cleaned the stamp and turned it right side up, I inked it in an orange – I think maybe Tangerine Tango – then “thumped” Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler over the leaves before stamping. It’s very subtle, but it gives a little more dimension to the leaves.
The thumping technique is done with Stampin’ Write Markers. Ink the stamp with a lighter color (Tangerine Tango), then take two darker markers (Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze) and use them like drum sticks and drum (or thump) on your inked stamp. Halfway through, I switched hands so one side wouldn’t be all one color. Then breathe on your stamp to reactivate the ink, and stamp. Done!
I added the bike in Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, and the grass is Always Artichoke. With all the gorgeous new greens we’ve had in the past few years – the (sadly) retired Mossy Meadow, current In Colors Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy, as well as the current core grees – Garden Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, and Wild Wasabi – I’ve been neglecting Always Artichoke as well as my older stamps. So it was fitting to pull it out for this card. Besides, it’s a nice fall grass color – not quite spring green but not dead brown either.
Instead of a sentiment or clouds, I added some Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon, because, like my friend Susan, I’m determined to use more ribbon and designer series paper this year.
So are you up for the challenge? Pull out some of your older stamps and give them an ink-up. Because, of course, old friends are always some of the best!
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