Accented Blooms for Fall

Fall has finally arrived in Albuquerque.  And that means color!  The hot air balloons are filling the sky when the weather cooperates. Leaves are changing from brilliant green to warm reds and golden yellows.  I love this time of year.  I was able to break out a sweater yesterday.

Stampin Up Accented Blooms FallToday I have a simple card for you that is dressed for fall as well.  I used the Accented Blooms stamp which was made to work with the Tailored Tag punch.  For this card, I started with a base of Soft Suede.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock as the card front and on the interior of the card.  I embossed the floral stamp in Copper. I knew I wanted to color in the image with my Stampin Write markers. The embossed edges make it a snap to color inside the lines.   The fall scheme I chose is Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Petal Pink, Merry Merlot, and Poppy Parade.

The sentiment from the same set is inked in Poppy Parade.  I lifted it using Dimensionals.  I wasn’t completely happy with the amount of empty space  – I struggle with the clean and simple look.  But, the set has a few little accent stamps, one of which is this sweet vine. I stamped it around the edge in Old Olive without being too fussy about the placement of each image.  I liked the eclectic fall garden feel that it added to the card.

Simple, pretty and easy to whip up for someone you need to thank.  And speaking of thanks, thank you for visiting and letting me share what I love with you.

 

Shop with me – Here are some of the products mentioned in this post.

Stampin' Up! Copper Embossing PowderStampin' Up! Dimensionals Stampin' Up! Accented Blooms stamp set Stampin' Up Tailored Tag punch Regals Stampin Write Markers Stampin' Up! Poppy Parade Classic Stampin Pad Stampin' Up Soft Suede cardstock Stampin Up Very Vanilla cardstock Stampin' Up Old Olive Classic Stampin Pad Stampin' Up Heat Tool Stampin' Up! Embossing Buddy

 

Two Seasonal Chums for Tuesday

I’ve been participating in a Christmas Challenge all year. The demonstrators running the FaceBook group issue a monthly challenge to help the players prep for the holiday. The current assignment was to create some pop-up or three-dimensional cards.  I decided to keep it simple and made some Easel cards using the Seasonal Chums stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Easel cards are fairly simple to make.  I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4-1-4″ x 11″ and then scored at  5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″.  I used two pieces of Whisper White cardstock, one for the inside cut at 5-1/4″ x 4″ and one for the base for the outside cut at 5-3/8″x 4-1/8″.  I like using the 1/8″ when I want just a small hint of a frame. You could use quarter-inch decreases for your base and DSP. Seasonal Chums Deer EaselThe key to this card is to use the part of the base that is scored in the middle as the front of the card, and only apply adhesive to the bottom half of the base.  Adhere the card front to the 2-3/4″x4-1/4″ panel. Then the card will be able to stand up.

The DSP layer is a piece of the Dashing Along DSP.  This was the bonus paper that was available last month with a qualified order.  If you don’t have that use the All is Bright DSP or Festive Farmhouse paper available in the Holiday catalog.

The Seasonal Chums are designed to be tags (super cute tags).  So the stamp has the front and back of the snowman and deer.  I stamped the image, Colored in the front with Stampin Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, and Crumb Cake.  Then I die cut them out using the matching Seasonal Tags framelits. It was very simple to cut the front of the tag off the remainder using my Paper Snips.

I mounted the images on Whisper White that I had embossed with the Softly Falling folder and then die-cut with a Stitched Shapes circle.  It kind of looks like a snow globe, right?  That is layered over a Pearlized Doily.  The sentiments are from the Christmas Pines stamp set, stamped in Garden Green for the snowman card and Cherry Cobbler for the deer card.  The ribbons are burlap and Whisper White Polka Dot Tule which reminded me of snowballs.

To provide a way for the card to remain standing, in “easel” mode, use a punched or die-cut image or sentiment and mount it on Dimensionals. The card can use that raised edge as an anchor to stand up.  I used Labels to Love punched with the Everyday Label punch.  If you have questions about how to create an easel card, don’t hesitate to contact me. I love answering questions.

Shop with me – Some of the Stampin’ Up! products mentioned in this post.

Stampin' Up! Christmas Pines stampsStampin' Up! Labels to Love stampsStampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Stampin' Up! Burlap RibbonStampin Up Big ShotStampin' Up! Everyday Label punchStampin' Up! Seasonal Tags FramelitsStampin' Up! Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle RibbonStampin' Up! Pearlized DoiliesStampin' Up! Softly Falling Embossing FolderStampin' Up! All is Bright designer paperStampin' Up! Festive Farmhouse designer paperStampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstockStampin' Up! Whisper White cardstockStampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler Stampin BlendsStampin' Up! Crumb Cake Stampin BlendsStampin' Up! Shaded Spruce Stampin Blends

Embossing with Thinlets

Stampin' Up! Climbing Vine Abstract ImpressionsEmbossing is a great way to add texture to a card.  The traditional Embossing Folders (EF), like the new Climbing Vine EF in the annual catalog, create a uniformly raised image on the paper.   You can see this effect on the Soft Sea Foam layer of this card.  Without the embossing, the card would lack interest.

The next evolution was embossing with Dynamic Embossing Folders (DEF).  Stampin Up Graceful Glass suiteI’ve used these on several cards in the past. Including this one. Same Soft Sea Foam cardstock, but this time I used the Ruffled DEF. Dynamic folders create images that vary in height and depth. Some parts of the ruffles are higher than others. This variation ups the interest.

Texture is fundamental for any successful card making project.  You can read more about my opinions on texture here. But embossing folders are a little bit limited. You have options to use the embossed side – the raised side–or the debossed side.  You can run the cardstock through in different directions or even combine embossing folders such as Softly Falling and Woodland. But the images are limited to what you have in your folders.

Springtime Impressions ThinletsAnother option to add texture is to layer die cuts onto your card.  Die cuts are created using Thinlets and Framelits.  The scalloped square above is a Layering Squares Framelit.  For this card, I used a Springtime Impressions Thinlet on Garden Impressions DSP and then cut up the image so that I could layer it the way I wanted. It works well and I could have cut it from Blueberry Bushel for a monochromatic look.

But now, we have another option.  With the new Big Shot Embossing Mats, Embossed Springtime Impressions Thinletyou can use any Thinlet you already own to emboss your cardstock.  There is a specific way to make the sandwich so that the silicon mat isn’t damaged and you get the best impression.  I’ll add the Stampin’ Up! video at the end of this post.  If you’re considering using the Embossing Mats it’s a must watch.  It is super simple once you get the order correct and the results are Ah-MAZING.  I used the same Springtime Impressions Thinlet on the base of this card. Such an elegant way to add texture.

If you don’t have a Big Shot, now is the time to put it on your holiday wish list. This and my Paper Trimmer are essential to my craft room.  Okay, I might want my Heat Tool too, but I can make a TON of projects with a trimmer and my Big Shot. The new Embossing Mats just exploded the number of possibilities of what I can make next.  What is your can’t-live-without tool?

Products mentioned in this post – Shop with me.
Stampin Up Big Shot
BIG SHOT
Big Shot Embossing Mats
EMBOSSING MATS
Stampin Up Climbing Vine Embossing Folder
Climbing Vine EF
Stampin' Up! Ruffled Dynamic Embossing Folder
Ruffled DEF
Stampin' Up! Layering Squares Framelits
Layering Squares

 

Stampin' Up! Springtime Impressions Thinlets
Springtime Impressions
Stampin' Up! Soft Sea Foam Cardstock
Soft Sea Foam Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Garden Impressions DSP
Garden Impressions DSP
Stampin' Up! Abstract Impressions Stamp Set
Abstract Impressions