Gorgeous Fall Leaves

Gorgeous Fall Leaves

Hello again, my friends! I had the most fun creating the card for today. I noticed that both Susan and Jackie used Stampin’ Up!® Soft Pastels on their blogs Monday. Obviously I’m on another wave length, but their projects looked so fun, I pulled my chalks out to play. I tried a few different techniques, but settled on this one for today.

Gorgeous Leaves, Stampin' Up!, Garden Birdhouses

I stamped a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Cardstock with leaves from the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set using Versamark Ink. While it was drying, I scraped the Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, and Granny Apple Green Soft Pastels (chalks) with my Take Your Pick Tool to create a little powder palette.

Using one of my Blending Brushes, I added the chalk to the Versamark inked leaves. The leaf magically appears when you apply the chalk. I blended some of the powder colors together, and I was really happy with the way the colors blended together. The Poppy Parade and Mango Melody combined into an orange, and the Granny Apple Green mixed with a teeny bit of Mellow Moss brightened the Mellow Moss but toned the Granny Apple Green down just a bit to look more like a fall color.

After I finished, I used a dusting cloth to remove the excess powder, then stamped the splatters between the leaves using Old Olive Ink (full strength and stamped off).

Next, I stamped a Mango Melody leaf on Mango Melody Cardstock and an Old Olive leaf on Old Olive Cardstock. I die-cut them and a Cinnamon Cider leaf using the Intricate Leaves Dies. These dies coordinate with the Gorgeous Leaves Stamp Set, and the stamps and dies can be bundled for a 10% savings.

I stamped the sentiment from the Garden Birdhouses Stamp Set in Cinnamon Cider, then punched the sentiment and Cinnamon Cider scalloped layer using the Double Oval Punch.

Here’s a tip for adding a die-cut with lots of open spaces – like my Cinnamon Cider leaf to a card. Squeeze some Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto your Silicone Craft Sheet, then pick up the glue with a sponge wedge. Simply sponge the glue to the back of the leaf and adhere it to the card. Easy! And if you use a clip to hold the sponge, you won’t glue your fingers together.

I adhered the Mango Melody leaf with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then the Old Olive leaf over it. After gluing the sentiment layers together, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the ovals to the card.

Give the Soft Pastels a try. They are so much fun to work with, and there are lots of ways to use them!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Gorgeous Leaves, Stampin' Up!, Garden Birdhouses

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Gorgeous Fall Leaves

  1. Peggy Carper says:

    As much as I am not ready for fall this card is absolutely stunning!


  2. jackie says:

    Buffy, this is so beautiful. Love that background so much. Happy to have inspired such a pretty card.


  3. Susan Horr says:

    This is such a great technique. I love how soft the background is using the chalks.


  4. debsmart says:

    A beautiful fall card – I love the colours! Great tip about using a sponge to apply the liquid glue, as well.


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