Welcome back, Stamping friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Max (our pug) and I have been visiting with my mom this week. My niece had knee surgery yesterday and she loves dogs. So Max & I have been visiting to help with her therapy and with meals. She’s doing really well and is looking forward to being back with her friends on a daily basis!
Even with all the extra cooking and visits, I found time to squeak out a card with some of my new goodies that have been waiting for my attention.
I am loving the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set. It’s been on my shopping list for a while, as have the Split Card Textures Dies. I love the mottled look of fall leaves, so I inked the maple leaf stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers to create the focal image. First, I inked the stamp with a Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers, spritzed a tiny bit of water on it, then stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock using my Stamparatus. This is important, because when you’re stamping and spritzing, you may need to do it multiple times. I wasn’t happy with the first inking, so I added more Crushed Curry, spritzed, and stamped again. This is so much easier with the Stamparatus, because you know you’ll be inking exactly where you want to.
After a couple more applications of Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry, I inked the edges of the leaf and seedlings with a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker, then spritzed and stamped again. When I was finally happy with the way it looked, I die-cut with the Deckled Rectangles Dies. I didn’t want to cover too much of the Split Card Textures, so I purposely chose a die smaller than the image and used the “Out of the Box” technique to cut it. Basically, you place the die over the image and lightly trace the outline. Anything outside of the outline you cut by hand, then place that part over the die when you die-cut. This way, it hangs over the edge but isn’t cut off. I die-cut a slightly larger Deckled Rectangle with Sahara Sand Cardstock for the layer under the stamped image.
Next, I die-cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Mango Melody Cardstock with the Split Card Textures Dies, then embossed it with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. While I was at it, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder and used a Blending Brush to add some Mango Melody Classic Ink to make the embossing stand out a bit. All that was left was to layer the pieces together.
I adhered the stamped Very Vanilla layer to the die-cut Sahara Sand die-cut with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I wrapped some Linen Thread around both layers, then tied them together with a Linen Thread bow. I layered the Mango Melody die-cut layer to the embossed/inked Very Vanilla layer with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then to a Sahara Sand card base. I added the stamped layers to the card, then added a few Classic Matte Dots that I colored with Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock with Early Espresso Classic Ink. I roughly cut it around the script, then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.