Welcome to another Stampers Dozen Blog Hop aimed at inspiring your creativity. We have a great group of different demonstrators to offer you different inspirations. Just like we are each unique, so are our creations which we hope inspire you! Enjoy the “HELLO FALL” blog hop this month! I have chosen the versatile “Rooted in Nature” stamp set (Page 143 Annual Catalog) for my card today along with the coordinating “Nature’s Poem” designer series paper (pg 144). Because I was thinking of ‘fall’ and using leaves, I chose some of nature’s fall colors. I have used Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Mango Melody and Crumb Cake.
I am sharing three (3) simple but effective techniques with this card to inspire your creativity:
- Layering – I have used several layers (six to be exact) to make this card pop. I simply chose the colors from the stamped images and matted accordingly thus bringing out the leaf colors.
- Rock and Roll technique – See the yellow leaves with red tips? This can be accomplished by inking the image with the lighter color (in this case Mango Melody…yellow) and the rolling the outside edge in the darker ink color (in this case Cherry Cobbler…red) I, however, accomplished this an alternate way. I inked the leaf with Mango Melody and then used a sponge dauber to daub the red to the outside edges. Either way works just fine.
- Finally, you may be wondering how I was able to stamp the leaves above and below the middle without intersecting. I took my 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and used Snail adhesive (that I touched all over to weaken the grip so I could pull it off later) to lightly adhere a 3/4″ strip of scrap paper where the designer paper was going to be. If I saw that the stem of the leaf would cross that strip of paper, I put a sticky note to catch the stem instead of allowing it to stamp onto the card front. Tricky, huh??
- BONUS: Talk about “tricky”, I have to confess that we do not have those three word stamps. Nope! Those words are all on ONE stamp so I simply stamped them in Blackberry Bliss and then used my Snips (scissors on page 207) to cut them apart. Easy thing to do to make the card a bit more ‘interesting’.
There are the tricks and tips for the card. I hope you have been inspired!! If you were, why not forward this to a crafting friend of yours? Now, it is time to hop along for more inspiration!
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